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Chrome OS to perish or “merge” with Android?

Not even a week after the Cr-48 Chrome netbook was announced, criticism is already flying its way, and from an unlikely source. Former Google employee and creator of Gmail Paul Buchheit, had this to tweet “Prediction: Chrome OS will be killed next year (or “merged” with Android).” That is a little cold-hearted considering his former employer just released the pilot program for Chrome OS last Tuesday. But he could be right. Chrome and Android are both Linux based, so it is not surprising that there maybe similarities, but Buchheit went on to post on his FriendFeed:

“Chrome OS has no purpose that isn’t better served by Android (perhaps with a few mods to support a non-touch display).

I was thinking, ‘is this too obvious to even state?’ but then I see people taking Chrome OS seriously, and Google is even shipping devices for some reason.”

They are both Google’s operating systems, and Google has assured that they address different markets, tablets and smartphones for Android, and netbooks or desktops for Chrome OS. They will remain distinct despite the conjunction of the devices that they run on, but with Androids track record and current hold on the market there maybe no room for a new kid on the block.

[BGR via Tech Crunch]



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  1. I worked a place where we used terminal server. I loved it. I could disconnect from my session and reconnect when I got home like I never left. Chrome OS strikes me as a similar, but more reliable option.

    The beauty of the terminal server solution was the hardware did not matter. So, why is Google putting out hardware? If it succeeds, great. If it fails, however, it damages the Chrome brand unnecessarily.

    It’s foolish to count out the latest iteration of the netbook computer, so I won’t. However, I’d rather if they spent that money on making their cloud-apps more appealing.

  2. Chrome and Android cannot merge together. They have nothing in common. I think Chrome will develop all the features Android has, in time and then Android will become less and less relevant since all the apps will be HTML5 web apps (and not stand-alone apps) and all the functionality of Android will be matched by Chrome. Therefore Android will be installed less and less on new devices becoming obsolite. Still the two operating systems will be close to 100% compatible since all (or most) of the apps will be web apps.

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