There’s a convergence coming in the mobile OS market with respect to mobile technology, platforms and consumer demand. Google aims to capture the best of all 3 areas. We can see it happening right before our eyes. The popularity of Android OS on mobile devices, the announcement of Chrome OS and Google’s partnerships with manufacturers to build Chrome OS proprietary hardware.
After Chrome OS was announced last year, I’ll admit, I was pretty damn excited….in fact, I may have peed a little. That was right around the time I got an Android device and began to realize how deadly it was, especially after updating to Eclair. Now, I’m not sure that I have a real need for Chrome OS. I mean, won’t it essentially be doing what I’m doing on my smartphone already, with respect to cloud computing and application use?
At least we know Google won’t be charging for Chrome OS, it is open-source…as is Android. Would I buy a netbook when they come out pre-installed with Chrome OS? I honestly don’t know. Would you? Or would you rather get an Android Tablet? I have to say I’m leaning towards the tablet right now.
The fact that Google has been fairly quiet about Chrome OS the last couple of quarters of 2010 should tell you they’re either re-considering it’s major release (at least this year), or they’re waiting for Android OS to slow down its climb, giving Google a reason to release Chrome OS later to maintain its focus and keep the development train rolling.
Or maybe…they’re combining forces. Chrome OS merging with Android OS. Best of both worlds shall we say?
In any regard, I’m still curious what’s going on with Chrome OS, what devices it will run on, when I can get it, and why I should use it in place of Android OS on a tablet device. Chrome OS is supposed to be released this quarter, with Android 2.3 coming out Q1 of 2011.
I don’t know about you, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that we may never see Chrome OS reach any type of popularity as seen in Android OS, and therefore, Google will either dump it late next year like they did with Google Wave, or they’ll build it into Android OS.
What do you think… Will they merge? Will they dump Chrome OS? Will they release both and dominate the PC and mobile markets?