Will Chrome OS Arrive With Santa? Maybe, Maybe Not
Chrome OS. Yes. Chrome OS. Meant for devices with keyboards. Chrome OS. Coming this year. Wait. Coming in a few months. Wait again. Yes, it will be this year. On shipping products? Well, that’s when things get murky.
According to MG Siegler on TechCrunch, he got a yes from Google folk when trying to clarify Eric “loose lips” Schmidt’s comments that Chrome OS would debut in a “few months.” Schmidt’s comments set off a wave of “wait until next year” posts. But Siegler says that when pressed about whether or not Chrome OS would find its way onto store shelves before the end of the year, the Google elves got a bit cagey saying they wouldn’t comment further or more specifically.
I’m guessing we’ll see more Betas shipped (you can get that now). But the question is will anyone ship it on a device? I’m thinking that’s where the next year part comes in.
11/23/2010 at 4:17 pm
My question is does it really matter? It seems to me like it’s redundant on the mobile device front… Android already supports “devices with keyboards” and can easily be scaled to smaller/larger screens and has a huge application base.
On the desktop front, we already have Windows on 90% of the world’s PC’s, and the only OEM to even sort-of compete is Apple with Mac OSX, but it’s still less than 9% worldwide usage. Google Chrome is really very little more than yet-another-flavor of Linux with a pretty narrow-scope UI.
This isn’t like Google Chrome browser where they can “bundle” it with every service under the sun either, so I just don’t see it taking hold other than with enthusiasts and limited-scope devices.