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
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.
may be focused on the notebook form factor at the moment, but the company earlier this month
showcased a Samsung-developed “ChromeBox” desktop machine.
said that Google had set up a "Chrome center" in Taiwan in an attempt
to lure additional hardware partners.
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.
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
"really torturing users."