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Chrome OS Headed to Smartphones?

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Android who? Google's Chrome OS is reportedly coming to smartphones as well as netbooks, laptops and desktops.

When Google announced the Chrome OS, we wondered what this would mean for company's planning netbooks running on Google's Android OS. Designed for mobile devices, there are countless companies claiming to be preparing a netbook based around Google's mobile OS. However, now it seems as though Google has plans to put the Chrome OS on smartphones as well as computers.

Gizmodo last week reported that Google's Vice President of Engineering, Vic Gundotra told attendees at the Mobilebeat 2009 Conference that web app development is the future of successful mobile platforms. While Gundotra didn't specifiy that he was talking about the Chrome OS, it definitely sounds like the company is turning away from Android and looking for other solutions when it comes to operating systems for mobile platforms.

The launch of Chrome OS is confusing, at leaset for companies that have jumped on with Android. It is very possible that Android was more of a guinea pig for Google.

Do you think Google is likely to push the Chrome OS on smartphones as well as notebooks and desktops? Let us know in the comments below!

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    jacobdrj , July 20, 2009 5:31 PM
    So much for Android?
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    kamnet , July 20, 2009 5:35 PM
    Absolutely. Basically, Google is taking a page from the Apple's playbook. It is taking a Desktop OS to the mobile platform (as OSX to iPhone). The only difference this time is that the Desktop OS has not be an established platform yet. The future of networked computing is likely be the mobile platform. It is a natural move to conquer the mobile market to exert a greater influence in the future market.
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    tomernatorII , July 20, 2009 5:53 PM
    ... please people ... let's face it - chrome os is android 2.0
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    ricardok , July 20, 2009 6:41 PM
    [quote=tomernatorii]... please people ... let's face it - chrome os is android 2.0[/quote]

    I second that!
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    Anonymous , July 20, 2009 8:17 PM
    Its a move to Mis-balance, Apple & MS direction and investment strategy into the next area of mobile computing. Google has many options at its disposal and its betting on many options to converge into one. The facts are that both chrome and android will merge at the end to compete with MS next mobile product. Apple, MS and Google are the only mobile computing titans in the next 2 years once the phones get beefier and the networks can push faster content. But the bottleneck will be pushing more users to the next level of mobile computing where a lot of this new stuff will not be as attractive as the novel iphone was, when it first got out. Apple is also banking on a new platform, but they are restricted a lot more since the iphone is the de facto standard and they can't leave all the iphones out in the cold with a completely new system not backwards compatible with older hardware. In 2 years the iphone will not be first anymore. Its in the crystal ball.
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    Niva , July 20, 2009 8:27 PM
    It's a shiny chromed up android allright! I do wonder if this had anything to do with the legal dispute over the Android trademark? I don't think so but who knows...
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    zodiacfml , July 21, 2009 12:04 PM
    probably, they could be anticipating faster and better smartphones in the future.
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    Anonymous , July 21, 2009 1:40 PM
    What an exciting time! The next few years are going to be great for fans of mobile/smartphones. Vive le competition!

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