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Google Chrome & Android Operating Systems

Posted by Sravan | July 8, 2009 .

This is not an old Google Chrome browser is actually an operating system in itself interpretation nor another Google is planning an OS to swallow Windows rumor. At 04:05:06 07/08/09 (somewhere in the world) Google announced its plans about an operating system called Google Chrome OS.

There are, of course, not enough details in its announcement but Google plans to open-source its code by the end of this year and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. (Does that mean that users can themselves download and install Google Chrome OS on their netbooks by the end of 2009?) The Google Chrome OS is a light-weight operating system – Google’s definition of an operating system – targeted on netbooks for now.

The operating system has long been rumored, speculated, more so after the advent of Google Chrome on desktops and Android on mobile phones. There were two approaches for Google, one by building around Chrome and another by extending Android. The latter was especially considered to be probable, what with the ease of porting Android to netbooks and with netbooks notionally being not very different from mobile phones. Following is what Google has to say about it:

Google Chrome OS is a new project, separate from Android. Android was designed from the beginning to work across a variety of devices from phones to set-top boxes to netbooks. Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems.

Google Chrome OS while starting small and light-weight at netbooks could gradually expand to serve higher segments from netbooks to desktops to, why not, enterprise servers (in line with Google’s Cloud plans). Android would cover the segments towards the other end towards mobiles and tiny devices requiring embedded OSs.

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Federico Fieni’s comic about Google tackling Microsoft with Chrome is growingly more relevant today than when Google Chrome was first released. Remember that Microsoft Windows 7 is set to be available by October 2009. The USP of Windows has been its novice-friendly installation compared to the UNIX-based OSs, even Ubuntu. If Google can successfully target that aspect, which it no doubt will what with its emphasis on simplicity, the OS wars will get a lot more exciting.

Google’s plans are very promising especially the fact that they are “completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates.”

Ars Technica broke out with the news apparently before Google itself, and has traces of meat in its information from a couple of sources.

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