In an interesting move last night, Google announced the new Chrome OS for netbook computers, something that seems to counter some of what is happening in the Android community. The new light weight Linux based OS, which is an extension of the Chrome browser Google has been working on, is set to go open source eventually, and Google is hoping that it will make its way onto netbook computers by the end of next year.
In a statement, Google had this to say about the overlap between Chrome OS and Android:
Google Chrome OS is a new project, separate from Android. Android was designed from the beginning to work across a variety of devices from phones to set-top boxes to netbooks. Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems. While there are areas where Google Chrome OS and Android overlap, we believe choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including Google.
With what Google claims to be a near instant boot up process, the Chrome OS will certainly appeal to web-centric users that use a netbook as more of an appliance rather than those that sit in front of a computer all day.
We’ll have to wait and see how it all pans out next year. Stay tuned.