On Tuesday evening Google has announced the forthcoming release of the Google Chrome operating System. It is a new open-source operating system which is primarily designed for netbooks but it is also for desktop computers. Yet this is the most direct attack made by Google on Microsoft.
After Android, Chrome OS is Google’s second operating system. Android is the mobile device operating system that has been introduced by the company in late 2008. That’s also about the time when Google introduced its Chrome Web browser. An extension of Google’s browser code is Chrome OS.
Although between the two operating systems there’s some overlap, but it is said by Google that choice drives innovation and everyone gets benefits. There is a distinction between Chrome OS and Android and that is, the Android has been designed to work on devices like mobile phones and set-top boxes that makes the users unable to certain resources. Once the Chrome OS license is published then we may see further distinctions between the two Google operating systems.
A new windowing system will be introduced by the Chrome OS, it is presumed that it will be along the lines of GENOME or KDE, atop the Linux kernel.
You can run Chrome OS on x86 and ARM chips. It is said by Google that it is working with several hardware manufacturers so that by the second half of 2010 it may deliver netbooks running Chrome OS.
The netbook market is growing rapidly along with the mobile phone market, in contrast to the desktop PC market. Last month, it is reported by iSuppli that in the first quarter of 2009 PC shipments fell 23% as compared to the same period in 2008, while netbook shipments have grown up to 10% during the same time frame. Last November, it has been predicted by IDC that 42.2 million netbooks would be sold in 2012, which is almost four times as many as in 2008.
It is indicated by Pichai and Upson that Chrome OS will include a variety of cloud-based services so that it may provide an ease to the users, like automatic backups and software updates.