While we at DroidDog are focused primarily on Google’s open mobile platform, Android, we do like to branch out a bit and cover other Google news. And in the hopes that the search giant’s web app centric operating system will play very nicely with Android, Chrome OS seems, to me, like an appropriate topic of discussion. What about you? Would you like to read more or less on Chrome and other non-Android topics? Let us know in the comments.
The Computex convention in Taipei has been the source of news on some interesting – if not obscure – Android products but today it was the venue for Sundar Pichai, head of Google’s Chrome project, to announce that the OS would be released in late Fall:
“We will be selective on how we come to market because we want to deliver a great user experience,” he said. “We’re thinking on both the hardware and software levels.”
The system is founded upon the Chromium and Chromium OS open source projects, and the user experience will be based almost exclusively on the Chrome browser, with web apps delivering access to data in the cloud, as well as functionality. (cont.)
The announcement comes just days after Google declared Microsoft’s Windows unsafe for use by their own 20,000 employees: Googlers will now have to choose between Linux (likely Google’s customized flavor of Ubuntu, Goobuntu) and Mac. Read some of the comments over on the story’s page at Digg for a taste of the debate on Google’s timing here.
In response to Microsoft’s criticism that software producers would not be interested in re-developing applications to work on Chrome OS, Pichai had this to say:
“Chrome OS is one of the few future operating systems for which there are already millions of applications that work,” Pichai said. “You don’t need to redesign Gmail for it to work on Chrome. Facebook does not need to write a new app for Chrome.”
Chrome OS is expected to launch initially on laptop PCs. We’ll bring you more when we have it.