Friday, April 8, 2011

Google planning an Android-ChromeOS Cocktail for tablets?

Well, I just planned to write this article spontaneously as I was going through an article on CNET news regarding the prospective symptoms that Google has shown towards deploying it's web-browser based cloud operating system, the ChromeOS, for tablet devices. According to CNET reporter Stephen Shakland, Google's latest released version of the Cr-48 OS's source code depicts multiple signs that the multi-billion dollar tech and Internet market giant is planning to push the product towards tablet devices. Even though the web OS has not seen it's official release yet, the web app store, that will act as it's prime backbone is already serving for the Google Chrome webkit browser.

Also, Google released this February the latest version of it's Android mobile OS, Honeycomb, that is compatible with tablet and as announced, will be shipped with some of the upcoming tablet devices such as the Motorola Xoom. Though the source code of Honeycomb has not been released yet dut to certain software issues as informed by Google, it has been said that it will be available as soon as the bugs are fixed.

Back in 2009, Google's Co-founder Sergey Brin, made a statement to media reporters saying that the two OSs might get merged with each other in future reaching a common goal. And this makes my allusion clear- Is Google planning to merge it's two OSs towards a common path that leads to the tablet market?

If you think that this is just a recipe of a sheer matters of coincidence cooking up inside my brains, give yourself a second thought. There are a lot of facts that support the argument. Both the operating systems have been have been designed using a common webkit engine and a monolithic Linux kernel. Both of them were launched under the open source licence and, finally, as said above, the Chromium OS starts showing it's real inclination towards tablet platforms as soon as the Honeycomb Android (that supports tablet platforms) comes into picture. Does all this make up just coincidences and nothing else? Think again!

But to the contradiction, Google deployed it's Android as a mobile platform OS to start, and it has even been successful with it's reach. Today, there are thousands of apps in the Android app store with millions of downloads and counting. On the other hand, the ChromeOS was deployed for a cloud or web platform, and is still in it's infancy and yet has to explore it's scope of operation. In such circumstances, why would Google want to kill it's project at birth by merging it with an outperformer?

At the same time, in case the two projects merge, then there can be a great opportunity to give the Chrome OS a good start by integrating it with a project that has already proved it's metal. The OS merger can serve as a hybrid leading the tablet market to newer heights. Tablets supporting the concocted OS would be able to access offline apps through the Android support features and the web apps using ChromeOS's cloud support.

What's your go about the intersection of the two lines? Would and should Chrome OS merge with the existing Android OS to make up a tablet lead? Or would such a decision lead to a dreaded path? Share your views in the comments section below.
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