Paul Buchheit
Prediction: ChromeOS will be killed next year (or "merged" with Android)
Sure! iPad changed the game - Guy Vander Heyden
maybe it would stay and grow like android did ipad is nowhere near chrome OS notebooks - testbeta
Why? Couldn't ChromeOS and Android become the equivalents to Apple's Mac OS and iOS? - Pablo Melchor
ChromeOS feels structurally cleaner, more futuristic. I mean, it's so... thin! - Toph Tucker
Because ChromeOS has no purpose that isn't better served by Android (perhaps with a few mods to support a non-touch display). - Paul Buchheit
also predicted: bear sh!ts in woods. even eric schmidt has said publicly that chromeOS was a side-bet against its own android. as for Mac OS and iOS, eventually we'll see a unified iOS on those, too. - Patrick Keys
Yeah, I was thinking, "is this too obvious to even state?", but then I see people taking ChromeOS seriously, and Google is even shipping devices for some reason. - Paul Buchheit
If Google were to take the "activity model" of Android and add it to Chrome as a way for different apps to interact/share data than from a developer perpective, there is not much value in using a proprietary Android dev model versus using HTML5++ (unless may be for games). So from a developer/programming model, Google would be better off killing Android - Chrome/ChromeOS is a better WebOS. - Edwin Khodabakchian
ChromeOS = 1 Laptop Per Child / dumb terminals. If that works, then yes. If it sucks, then your OP is correct - Johnny
That or like the dream of a lot of Apple users (iOS sitting on OSX so you can select either), ChromeOS could be the browser-based corporate solution for road warriors on the Android system. - Johnny
If it has no purpose, then why does it have competition? It's true competition is from MeeGo/ JoliCloud/ Win-7 Basic/ Ubuntu. Its undoing could be Intel Atom vs. Dual Core ARM Cortex A9. So currently the purpose is to be the the Android equivalent for x86 machines. - Umang Saini
Hah, TechCrunch has already picked up this prediction: - Bruce Lewis
I think that a lot of people are seeing the browser as the one and only future app platform, and given that, I think that Google is hoping the need for native apps will simply go away. They're in the position to influence that through Chrome (the browser). Chrome has been built to speed up overall market innovation. On the app side, they make sure that all "basics" can be done on the web. Google Docs is not as powerful as Word, but does "enough" for many people. As the need for native apps fades, Chrome OS will emerge as the superior fast, secure and manageable OS. - Meryn Stol
Minitel... - FullSite
In the end, Google might not even care that much whether people use Chrome OS or not. Just like Amazon doesn't care if you use the Kindle (the hardware). Google just wants to be the full-service middle-man in your overall "computing" experience, just like Amazon wants to be the middle-man for books (or reading). But like Amazon ensures there's a superior end-user experience for their digital content through the Kindle, Google ensures that there's a superior end-user experience for the web's riches (a mix of commerce and computing), which Google is gonna take a cut of. - Meryn Stol
Minitel - Good one alex - PXLated
That the "simplified" user experience is qualitatively different than the "regular" or "traditional" user experience is a common mistake developer-in-a-bubble organizations make. It really is a matter of degree, not quality: there's no reason why, with minor modifications to the interface, certain devices couldn't just boot up Android's browser by default and give the same benefits Chrome OS will provide. It frees up resources and reduces overhead by allowing focus on *one* core product. The case study in this is Mac OS X currently (iOS *is* Mac OS X) and in the future (the "simplified" Mac OS X is a layer on top of regular Mac OS X Lion: full screen mode, desktop as launcher, gestures). - Mark Trapp
To be honest, Chrome OS sounds more like the product Google wants rather than the product that's actually successful (Android), and that alone is its raison d'être. - Mark Trapp
like friendfeed last year - Ibrahim Ozturkcan
Whether they are merged or not, I am happy, as a consumer, that Google has taken the pains to put out two champion products - Android rocks (on the phone) and Chrome the browser rocks (can't talk about the OS since I don't have access to it yet). From the UX perspective, if they could make the COS work on tablets, it would be a bigger win than Android running on tablets. - Suresh R Iyer
well, numbers will decide ;-) => millions of smartphones +tablets - JacopoGio
Possible Google Strategy:- Own-up Java with Android, Own-up Linux further with Chrome OS. - Vinod
If this is the Sun terminal revistited, then there is no reason to keep it around. I want my free laptop before it's all over though. - Eric - Final Countdown
Having used the closest (refined) product out there to it, Jolicloud, I have to say it's (VERY) fast, highly addictive...and actually a time saver for me. Agree the 'merger' is likely but Linux still has a huge base of developers that don't cost Google a dime. Think a better question (any predictions?) might be ... What's going to happen to Firefox? (and the huge Google infusion that goes along with it). - Charlie Anzman
Mark - Yes, probably because it's Schmidt's long running wet dream, the network computer. - PXLated
ChromeOS is little late. - Ashish
Chrome OS greatest achievement is bringing full web browser to ARM Processors, so we can have $99 ARM Powered laptops soon. Sure it would probably be possible to add Android functionality to Chrome OS (an extra icon in the task bar) and vice-versa add a Chrome browser icon in Android as well. The main thing is the web browser needs to be optimized for embedded Linux devices that are ARM Powered. - Charbax
mind sharing a prediction as to when they kill friendfeed? - в джазе только телочки
I think it'll kickstart HTML5 if anything. I don't think it'll outright die though. There will be a use for secure terminals and kiosks. For normal consumers, a cheaper netbook that only browses the web without really worrying about the OS is appealing. - Rodfather
If I'm hearing Meryn correctly, I like the idea that Chrome could push things away from app-happy land and back into browser land. I think apps are kind of a novelty that needs to eventually go away or, at least, be reined in. I hate apps that don't do anything different than what a browser can do. - Laura Norvig
hi paul, I'd like to ask you a couple of questions about your opinion for, may I have your contact by private message? - Silvio Gulizia
ChromeOS to Android - Yes. Browser based OS in the mainstream long past overdue and really a reality today with Windows - just track my wife's usage. I could though plop a well configured ChromeOS notebook or tablet down in front of her and she wouldn't lose a beat and nor would probably about 75% of her world(friends, family, etc) and we geeks would love not to have to deal with more support than a browser based OS. Your users Paul are browser only users and thats the message Google has right. It's been inevitable since before we built the world's first web-based ASP in 1999 for small businesses. It was inevitable when Netscape said they were going to do it and then promptly got squashed by Microsoft. Who cares what its called - Windows, Android, ChromeOS, iOS, etc. the team that optimizes and solves the browser centric approach and minor file and connectivity issues will win big. - Brad Nickel
Laura, I think ChromeOS apps will push sites to go toward 'app-happy land' in the beginning. The current site will be the standard website where everything will work. Then an app-like site using HTML5 to prep for the mobile app. A UI that would work well with the common denominator of mobile devices, the browser. - Rodfather
Charbax - Go to Walgreens(if in US) and you can buy a $99 ARM based Windows CE device by Sylvania today. It probably sucks, but they have em. - Brad Nickel
What about Linux? Any predictions there? Figured I'd ask while everyone is feeling "predictive". Was an Ubuntu mention, but it seems like the Linux conversation has been muted lately. - Liza + = ?
I would prefer Android to merged with ChromeOS, not the other way round - Ian
I hope so! - Naceron
Spanish leading newspaper El Pais has also picked this prediction:) - Gabriel Aldamiz-echevarri
@Paul Buchheit (TeamFrank), what you're failing to see is that Web 3.0 is the world trend now, is not something google suddenly invented. Also, the Chrome Web app store will be the one who defines if cOS is successful or not, just like in android. I think google has learned lots in this area, thanks to androids app marketplace. and remember even if you like it or not, web apps will eventually offer a good enough experience as traditional apps and mobile apps. Adoption may be a bit slower at first, but Google and the Internet are not going anywhere, so its just a matter of time. - manny
@Liza hollers, actually chromeOS is based on linux (i think ubuntu). So all progress made either way the other one will benefit from. Specially on the Kernel and web technologies. - manny
Manny - didn't know that it was based on ubuntu. I love being called @liza hollers:) - Liza + = ?
Great, now Slashdot even has a link to this thread: - Gabe
And I predict: You would have stayed at Google if you got it ;) - HateBadDesign
I predict: you're just bitter about anything Google does at this point because Friendfeed has been such a colossal failure. - xxdesmus
Wow, slashdot is still around? Is that where the crazy haters are coming from? - Paul Buchheit
I am not really sure why there are two operating systems from Google in the first place. Has anybody supplied a rational explanation for the duplication of effort? Is this likely to be a costly mistake for Google? - Brian Sullivan
the best combo would be for the android browser to continue to import features from chrome, including the ability to install a web app on an android device, have its icon show up in the apps list, etc. - Karl Rosaen
any predictions on Yahoo? After their announcement about delicious I'm in the mood to hear a hideous and nasty prognosis. - JSLeFanu
Yahoo is already dead :) - Paul Buchheit
You mean tonight's. - Micah
Spotted this on Slashdot by an anonymous source. Silly birds. - Liza + = ?
"Yahoo: Where startups go to die." - Gabe
Thanks Paul, I needed to hear that. - JSLeFanu from FFHound!
Karl: I'm sure somebody will point you to this, sooner or later: - Marcos Marado
So everything in android runs on a java virtual machine, which in turn runs on linux. Chrome has a blazing fast conscript engine and it to runs on a modified linux. Chrome must also have a basic jvm to support java applets in the web. So realistically all we need is google to as the android jvm backbone into chrome os! Then we get super efficient chrome is baseline that can launch any apps from the market. No dual bring required, seamless integration. For beyer or worse the end user could not distinguish between the web apps and the android apps. The only problem is that chrome hardware would need a micro sd for storage locally of those apis. Or, more revolutionary, allow native android apis to stream from the cloud! I already get nearly download and instant installs over sprint 3g/4g for 90% of the apps I install. The cloud just beds to quickly integrate and restore or track ask of the device hardware specific partial compilations and optimizations that it does on install (see dalvik cache). - Sean from Android
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