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Re: Google's Curious Chrome Gambit
Posted by: Richard Adhikari 2009-08-28 04:52:55
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Why is Google promoting two open source operating systems that can both be run on netbooks -- Android and Chrome? Is this part of a larger strategy, where Google will direct the two along different paths -- Chrome for netbooks and Android for the smartphone? Or could the Internet search giant just be floundering, with different groups of techies each going their own merry way with no clear marketing position? Google announced the Chrome OS in July. This was many months after the release of the first smartphone to carry the Android operating system.

Makes Perfect Sense to Me
Posted by: ricegf 2009-08-28 05:35:38 In reply to: Richard Adhikari
If you look carefully, you'll notice that Microsoft is also promoting two operating systems - WinCE and 7. In fact, until October, they will be stuck selling THREE - WinCE, XP and Vista.

The difference is that Microsoft's products are not scalable, technologically or legally. WinCE runs ONLY on ARM, XP could ONLY be licensed for low-end x86 devices, and Vista needs... well, let's be charitable and say "high-end resources".

Because Android and Chrome are FOSS and use the Linux kernel, they can scale to whatever devices the CUSTOMER wants to buy. Android is optimized for smartphones through netbooks, Chrome for netbooks to Vista-sized mega-hardware - but I can compile and sell them on any hardware I choose. The overlap occurs as a natural consequence of freedom, and it allows ME to decide what OS I want on my netbook rather than a mega-corporation.

So... Since I prefer choice, I like Google's business model quite a bit better. (Disclaimer: I run Maemo on my MID and Ubuntu on my netbook and desktop, so I'm already pre-disposed to freedom. ;-)

It's pretty smart and straight to the point
Posted by: Findarato 2009-08-28 05:23:18 In reply to: Richard Adhikari
I don't see this big a problem with the concept. I might agree with you on the fact that Google isn't marketing the OSes the right way, but the idea is great and pretty simple :

- Two operating systems for 2 markets
Phones are coming closer to "handheld computers" and Netbooks are between desktops and Handhelds. One can see Android for the Handheld market and Chrome OS for the Desktop market. As the netbook is in the middle, it will depend on the manufacurer or the model, which of the two operating systems would be most adapted. The manufacturers will have to ask themselves : "Is this device a handheld or a desktop replacement?"
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