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Google's senior vice president of Chrome, Sundar Pichai.  (Source: flickr: niallkennedy)
Will not expand to tablets or merge with Android

With Google gearing up for the launch of its first ChromeBooks by Acer and Samsung, the company has no plans to expand the OS to other devices.

Reuters reports that Google's senior VP for Chrome, Sundar Pichai, told a news conference during Computex that Chrome OS will be focused solely on notebooks and will not be expanding to tablets or merging with Android in the foreseeable future.

"Chrome OS is a computer model designed with various form factors in mind, but we are entirely focused on the notebook form factor for now. We have no other plans at this time," Pichai said, adding that the number of Chrome users doubled over the last year to 160 million. 

Google may be focused on the notebook form factor at the moment, but the company earlier this month showcased a Samsung-developed “ChromeBox” desktop machine.

Pichai said that Google had set up a "Chrome center" in Taiwan in an attempt to lure additional hardware partners.

With the first ChromeBooks going on sale in a few weeks (June 15), analysts aren't sure the unadorned OS can revolutionize the market like Android did with smartphones. "The danger is that the Chrome PC just kind of falls between the cracks - not quite a smartphone/tablet and not quite a full OS laptop," Steve Hodgkinson, IT research director at research firm Ovum, told Reuters.

Meanwhile, Google has been stepping up its rhetoric against Microsoft as it prepares to take it to task on its home turf. Google co-founder Sergey Brin remarked that Windows was "really torturing users."



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Is it just me?
By bug77 on 5/31/2011 9:06:09 AM , Rating: 2
While I use several of Google's products and I generally like their approach to software development. But somehow, I don't find ChromeOS interesting at all. It could turn out to be awesome in the end, but the hype is just not there.




RE: Is it just me?
By SSDMaster on 5/31/2011 9:11:09 AM , Rating: 2
They need to create excitement. If they launch a product and go "it can do all this stuff" it's gonna flop. If they take on apple's approach and go "you need something that can do all this stuff; omg why hasn't anyone else done this before your awesome" then they might have a chance.


RE: Is it just me?
By Flunk on 5/31/2011 9:15:39 AM , Rating: 3
I don't think Chrome OS makes much sense, it's basically a dumb terminal with Chrome attached, I can't see any reason why it couldn't just be burned into a ROM chip like Splashtop.

I think Google would have done better to do a notebook re-spin of Android. Then these new users would have a batch of Apps to buy already finished and they would grab on to the popularity Android seems to enjoy.


RE: Is it just me?
By InsidiousAngel on 5/31/2011 2:00:20 PM , Rating: 2
After working with ChromeOS some, I can safely say that if you have ever used Chrome web browser, then you will be right at home. I don't see it being a threat to MS in any arena. It can fill a niche market. Being very cloud oriented will make people very cautious at first, in my opinion.

I do agree however, I think a version designed with a notebook in mind, with their existing marketplace already established, would be a better fit.


RE: Is it just me?
By Subzero0000 on 5/31/2011 9:41:32 PM , Rating: 2
Agree.

I think that they seems to cripple the machine by run only webapps.
What's wrong with running rich-client apps? they're still more snappy than web-based apps.

I agree that the "cloud" is good, but it should stop somewhere. It cannot replace everything.


RE: Is it just me?
By banvetor on 6/1/2011 4:39:35 PM , Rating: 2
I was feeling exactly like you, until I heard that the 3G version would come with some free data transfer per month for life (or something like that)...

That can be a VERY interesting proposition in Europe (where I live), where we have to pay enormous amounts of money for a few megabytes of data usage when we move from country to country...

That is, of course, if they do it like Amazon and allow this data cap to be used anywhere in Europe...


Notebooks?
By ViRGE on 5/31/2011 8:38:40 AM , Rating: 2
Notebooks or netbooks? There's a big difference between the two.




RE: Notebooks?
By cjohnson2136 on 5/31/2011 8:52:50 AM , Rating: 2
I think the two coming out this June are classified as netbooks but they could easily just put them on a notebook the main difference being size. But honestly they have to be cheaper if they want to sell.


RE: Notebooks?
By Gnarr on 5/31/2011 9:25:05 AM , Rating: 2
isn't the definition of netbooks "A notebook mainly used for the net", therefore making any notebook running Chrome OS a netbook?


That Guy...
By SSDMaster on 5/31/11, Rating: 0
RE: That Guy...
By Flunk on 5/31/2011 9:17:00 AM , Rating: 2
You clearly don't work in IT, I've seen my VP in tartan shorts and a T-Shirt.


RE: That Guy...
By SSDMaster on 5/31/2011 9:34:33 AM , Rating: 2
I'm an IT guy, just saying he's the VP and projecting the image of epic nerdome. He should at least look somewhat human. Nothing wrong with being comfortable. My boss usually has 4 buttons undone and no undershirt. So yea; I get that angle.


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