A former Googler has made an interesting statement on Twitter. His statement was short and sweet:
Prediction: ChromeOS will be killed next year (or “merged” with Android)
The person making this prediction is not only a former Googler but FriendFeed founder and current Facebook investor Paul Buchheit.
What is surprising is that Google just started their pilot program for Chrome OS so one has to wonder what his motivation is in making such a futuristic prediction? Does this man know something we don’t or is he just talking smack?
But Paul Buchheit didn’t want to leave us clueless why he felt this way, so he posted this over at a FriendFeed thread:
ChromeOS has no purpose that isn’t better served by Android (perhaps with a few mods to support a non-touch display).
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.
I have used Android and I must admit it is easy to use and extremely user-friendly. I know, I know. The term ‘user friendly’ has been used before but in this case it does apply to Android. Whether or not Android and Chrome remain separate or are merged, I personally couldn’t care less. As long as Google offers an alternative OS to work on a netbook, I believe that is the only thing we need to be concerned with.
What do you think?