Google announced today their future operating system on the company's blog. This doesn't come as a surprise. In fact, I think most of us were expecting Google to launch a full operating system in the years to come.
But what is surprising is the browser function and name. It has been named Google Chrome OS, similarly to their browser launched late last year.
According to Google, this new OS will be browser based. Now that's something new! But what exactly would a browser based OS be like? Well for now the blog post doesn't tell us much more. We know it will be lightweight (so I guess fast), reliable and secure, and more importantly open source. I've always believed that in the medium-long term, there will be a merge of the traditional desktop of your computer with your browser to bring you a much more adapted user experience. And that's exactly what is happening. Google says: "We're designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web."
Google says its new operating system is designed for notebooks and laptops, as a first step, before it will be brought to desktop computers. Chrome OS is still at an early stage but talks have been carried out with constructors and it appears it will be available to consumers around the second half of 2010. Is this new OS is meant to replace Google Android currently running on an increasing number of smart phones and notebooks? Not so sure but I guess my best answer to this one would be "Let's just wait and see!"