Android for Touch, Chrome for Keyboard

Engadget had asked Google CEO Eric Schmidt how Chrome OS would fit into the equation with the rising popularity of Android at the Web 2.0 Summit, and Schmidt’s response is that Android is geared for touch while Chrome will be targeted at devices with keyboards. Schmidt went on to say that because both operating systems are open-source by nature, anything can happen–Chrome can be used on a tablet as we have already seen Android smartbooks released in the past.

Schmidt says that Chrome OS will be out in the next few months running on ARM-based CPUs as well as Intel CPUs in smartbooks that are “designed around something with a keyboard.” Google’s Chrome OS will face competition from Nokia’s and Intel’s MeeGo OS and most notably from Windows when it is released.