For those anxiously awaiting the arrival of Google's ChromeOS, Google CEO Eric Schmidt has officially rained on your parade: there won't be a full public release anytime soon. That's right--no ChromeOS netbooks for you this Christmas.
Monday during the Web 2.0 Summit, Schmidt was asked about the availability of both Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and the company's upcoming open-source operating system, ChromeOS. As reported yesterday, Gingerbread is scheduled to roll out within the next few weeks. ChromeOS, on the other hand, won't see a release for another few months at the least.
With that said, ChromeOS will likely not officially arrive until Q1 2011, obliterating previous reports that netbooks packed with Google's OS would appear in late November, or as Google's Sundar Pichai said back in May, "late Fall." As it stands, Google has yet to give anyone a firm "this is when it releases" date, so the launch could be December 31 or it could be March 31.
But Schmidt gave consumers a sliver of hope as to where ChromeOS is going, indicating that Android is for touch devices and ChromeOS designed for devices with a keyboard. This narrows Google's previous broad view of both operating systems, indicating at one time that the market would eventually pick the better of the two.
Given the nature of ChromeOS, Google hasn't kept its contents secret until the "big launch." The company continuously releases the source code which in turn can be compiled and used as an OS. One of the more popular builds is offered by Hexxeh called Flow, and can be loaded using a USB stick or from a burned DVD.