The recent emergence of the Chromebook Pixel has caused a nearly unanimous criticism in the media: the impressive Ultrabook created by Google It’s too much machine for an OS like Chrome OS. That conclusion has made it back to assess the possibility of making that Android will become a much more universal proposal, and give the jump to a virtually unexplored terrain so far: on PCs and laptops.
Although there are projects independent in this sense as Android x 86 that allow installing Android on a computer or laptop conventional, it is clear that for the moment the validity of this alternative is almost anecdotal: Android applications are not prepared mostly for high resolution screens, and its graphical user interfaces are intended for mobile devices. And yet they have allowed that we consider ourselves more clearly a clear question. Do not merge Android and Chrome OS?
Android + Chrome OS: A real possibility
The debate on a possible merger between both projects is not new, and indeed the introduction of a touch screen in the Chromebook Pixel – whose touch gesture support is for the limited time – shows the vocation of Google take advantage of some of the advantages that so far only they were available for Android users.
And however, Google does not appear to contemplate that possibility in the short term. Responsible for design of Android, Matías Duarte, user experience explained recently that Android and Chrome OS makes sense in themselves, and that “both platforms meet different needs”.
Which is not to say that that fusion is ruled out, of course: Duarte made it clear that Android and Chrome OS will remain as independent platforms as soon as that makes sense, but it also highlighted the influence that the Chrome project has had on Android.
There are more clues: when asked by the Chromebook Pixel, Duarte said the importance of that touch screen: “entire screen should be a touch screen in the future, so if you have a keyboard as if don’t have it”.
So the merger appears likely, and the question is are probably coming up in Google is what will be the platform remaining as the only available. Due to its popularity and versatility, seems that Android is the logical choice, and that it would simply be that try to move all the advantages of Chrome OS to Android, but it could also happen otherwise.
We do not prepare ourselves for Chrome OS
Merging both platforms or not, the truth is that Chrome OS is still an operating system that many consider as laboratory. An interesting concept increasingly polished, but whose actual usefulness is very limited.
Conventional users they are not accustomed raised by Chrome OS paradigm. As much as we are increasingly convinced of Cloud Computing Services users and that part of our life is now safe (or that want to believe) in the cloud, all are still wanting to take advantage of traditional philosophy. Some data and some applications must be on your hard drive, even though insist the big Internet.
That is even more true for advanced users who need to access applications that do not have competition in the online world. Pixlr cannot compete with Photoshop, and this is just one example with alternative acceptable online, because there are areas in which that alternative doesn’t even exist.
This dependence looked for and found Chrome OS with respect to the online world – although there are some scenarios in which it is possible to work offline – still does not materialize in the market, which prefers a hybrid model as that lead time offering the latest editions of modern operating systems. Windows 8, OS X and Linux (using Ubuntu to head) latest distributions maintain their classical personality, but do not renounce to the online world, taking more and more into account.
Android as an alternative to PCs and laptops
Why Google still committed to Chrome OS having a much more popular alternative like Android? Some wonder (wonder it) for some time, and not just find a valid response. In a market in which the integration and unification of platforms It seems increasingly evident, Android would no doubt be the trick of Google in this field.
This same approach is making it Microsoft with a Windows 8 “tabletizado”, or Apple with OS X that has inherited several features from iOS. and not to mention already Ubuntu, the distribution of Canonical that has just shown its clear commitment by this universal distribution which will operate similarly on PCs, laptops, smartphones and tablets, and which have already been seen in action thanks to the launch of Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview.
And on that same server land believes that Android could have their chance. With an exceptional catalogue of apps for smartphones and tablets, the only limitation I see Android so far is that, as I mentioned at the beginning of this article, its original design was not the deal with screens of PCs and notebooks.
That has not been a big problem with the jump to the tablets. True that Honeycomb was a small failure, But Google developers were able to amend the road with an Ice Cream Sandwich that finally unified Android for tablets and smartphones. Achieve the same with future Android platform does not seem that you might have too many difficulties to Google.
Another singing, of course, is the world of applications, but even in that area, so many difficulties can be seen. Today the number of applications aimed only to tablets in Google Play is limited, but what it is true that the versatility of these applications is becoming increasingly more successful, and many native tools enjoy significantly both in a conventional as on the of the current tablet smartphone screens.
Corollary: Google will look for your “SO for humanity”
The phrase is not mine: the aforementioned Duarte said it recently when speaking of his vision on the future of operating systems. To talk about it, this directing of Google said Android is the potential solution to “a fractured world of operating systems”, though here would have wondered what was felt in Android fragmentation. Either way, Duarte would then add an interesting comment on the reason why started working for the company in Mountain View. “For that I came to Google, and that is why I am so excited about my work on Android. Because I really see it as an operating system for humanity”.
The phrase, perhaps somewhat pretentious, seems to make it clear that Duarte If you have this vision of a single platform Google, is Android – most likely, judging by reviews and the fact that it is dedicated to improving this platform – or Chrome OS. An idea that was noted with another comment about:
The momentum that has Android is allowing us to take an operating system and IDLO uniting it all to him. We should have an operating system that provides the ciminentos of the future of the digital world. I really believe in this. In fact, I believe that it is inevitable, because you get much more power when everything can communicate and interoperate. I passionately believe that if we are going to have that unique operating system, is an operating system that everyone can use, modify, study, but that no one shall be the owner.
As they say, White and bottle.
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