OEMs silent on future Chrome OS support

By Justin
Jul 8, 2009
  1. Google wowed the world this week with the announcement that they would be developing their own operating system, primarily destined for netbooks. Receiving a plethora of mixed reviews before any firm details are even available, Google has indicated that they are already working with numerous hardware vendors to get industry support for the as of yet unborn platform. Vendor support is critical to getting any new endeavor, hardware or software, distributed; so an early relationship development would be very beneficial to Google\'s new OS. Are Google’s claims true, however?

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  2. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 548   +8

    People will defo be interested, but will it work, can google truly get Software developers on board? I am doubtfull at this stage, only time will tell, its been what like less than 48 hours since it was announced (I only found out 2 hours ago) and your expecting people to be saying ''I will pour money into it right away''
  3. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 612

    Netbooks will likely be the only things manufacturers see this working with.

    Then again, I agree with gobbybobby because its literally just been announced, how the heck would we know what its going to best work with?
  4. Mycologist

    Mycologist TS Rookie Posts: 20

    @tengeta and in general, I don't quite see why this would only work on netbooks, surely if Google are going for a super-lightweight streamlined OS, it would be pretty excellent for games, as you would have less resources tied up in the OS, allowing the game 'more space' as it were. I suppose there would be the problem of compatibility, but if the purely free open-source community of Linux managed with Wine, then surely Google with their many billions of dollars could make a similar kind of thing to Wine, but more effectively?
  5. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,285   +238

    They're starting on netbooks, then supposedly working their way up the hardware ladder. I liken it to sticking your toe in the water, see if you like the temperature, then jump in. Doesn't hurt to be targeting the largest growth market in the PC industry (netbooks) as your starting point, either!

    And you know, it's really interesting how the early comments and reactions parallel the announcement of Android. There was lots of "it'll suck" and "it could be cool" but most in the industry discounted it as a potential failure right after it was announced... And look at it now, it's getting wider adoption, and is considered 1 of the "big 3" in smartphone OS platforms now... Just shows that if you've got a decent product and some clout, you can forge your own successful niche in a market dominated by giants. If the Chrome OS is efficient, stable, and has any unique or revolutionary features, it could become a breakaway success.
  6. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 819   +52

    Just posted today on BBC website that Acer, Asus, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, and Toshiba are supporting Google OS
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