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Google: Android is for touch, Chrome OS is for keyboards

By Emil ยท 5 replies
Nov 16, 2010
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  1. As you probably already know, Google is currently working on two operating systems: the Android OS, which has taken the smartphone world by storm and which is starting to show up on tablets, as well as Chrome OS, a browser-based operating system aimed primarily at netbooks. So how is Google going to differentiate the two? The company has finally come out and explained this big question.

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  2. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,674

    Hmm. Usually when I see his face I expect a really stupid comment. Maybe the PR people at google told him to shut his mouth?
  3. taea00

    taea00 TS Enthusiast Posts: 102

    I really don't get why Google is competing with their self. Sure they stated the OSes are for two separate platforms, but why wouldn't they just focus on one OS and make it for all platforms. You'd have a level of standardization that'd make life easier.

    I think this'll just confuse people and will hurt Chrome OS in the long run imo. I can someday see down the line these two OSes either merging or one going away completely.

    It really seems to me like 2 different people just started workign on their own OSes and then brought it before separate head haunchos and said "I have an OS!" So each head hauncho then started it in production and by the time the left hand spoke to the right hand they had already invested time and money and just decided to keep going.

    I really don't get this move Google.
  4. Uvindu

    Uvindu TS Booster Posts: 120

    Good analogy (and congratz again for winning)! True, this is stupid on googles behalf. This is going to make product management more difficult as well as confusing many consumers.
  5. vangrat

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223

    I can understand your confusion, and in fact on the surface it does seem to be a silly move. However, by focusing their efforts on two different OS platforms they are only following in the footsteps of every other OS maker out there, e.g. iOS and (insert your MAC OS here), WinMob/Win Phone 7 and (Insert Win OS here), Linux...wait does linux have a mobile distro? By separting the touch market from the keyboard market, they make sure to focus their efforts on the areas that people truly want with each. An all inclusive platform would only lead them down the road of Windows 7 on a tablet PC...yes nice in theory, bad in practice.
  6. Chrome OS is a new computing platform that leverages the power of the cloud. These new netbooks/notebooks will have no optical drive and no hard drive. All of the applications are housed on thousands of servers in Google's many data centers. This results in instant on and immediate access to the Web, email, media content, document creation etc. with incredible performance. Chrome OS is designed to support most activities we enjoy on our PC's. Chrome OS is not designed to replace a full-blown desktop OS like Windows7 for uber-complex applications. I for one, am very excited about what Chrome OS brings to the table and can't wait to see some new hardware at CES in Jan. Android is for phones, tablets, TV's, vehicle devices and anything else that Google can embed it into. I'm waiting for an Android frig that will inventory all of my food, tell me when items will expire, generate shopping lists based on what I consume, etc. I'm being perfectly serious here.

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