When the first Android handset arrived to the market, it was seen by many as a less-than-worthy alternative to devices running on more established mobile operating systems including Blackberry’s OS and Apple’s iOS. This didn’t stop Google from quickly climbing to the top and switching things up in the mobile world for good. Now the same thing may be (much more slowly) happening in the desktop world as well.
As Microsoft continues to stumble with Windows 8 and its recent Windows 8.1 RT troubles, both Android and Chrome OS are slowly stepping into a world that was once reserved almost exclusively for Microsoft Windows.
When it comes to Android, we’ve seen several PC-like devices like the Lenovo A10 laptop, the HP Slate 21 AIO and the Acer DA241HL. As for Chrome OS, we have plenty of Chromebooks (and Chromeboxes) from vendors including Lenovo, Acer, Samsung, Asus and HP. Now looks like LG might be jumping into the Chrome OS game as well.
Android and Chrome OS are slowly stepping into a world that was once reserved almost exclusively for Microsoft Windows.
Although LG has yet to officially confirm its plans, LG recently filed three trademarks that are obviously meant for Chrome OS-powered devices: ChromeOne, ChromeDesk and ChromeStation. Beyond the names, we know next to nothing about LG’s Chrome OS plans.
We can’t say we are too terribly surprised to hear about LG readying its first Chrome OS product(s), though.
First, a deal has existed since January 2012 with Microsoft that will allow LG to use certain MS patents for devices running Chrome OS and Android. Second, as the traditional desktop market continues to shrink, many companies are looking for alternative ways to spark renewed interest in the PC market.
Of course Chrome OS’ marketshare is still quite puny when compared with Mac OS and Windows, but the same could once be said about Android.
As Chrome OS continues to evolve and the world continues to become ever more reliant on web-based apps, Google’s cloud-centric OS could see substantial growth in the years to come. That said, Microsoft is still very much the main player in the PC world, and that won’t change overnight.
Would you buy an LG Chrome device? In general how do you feel about Chrome OS, interested in such a devices or not?