Chrome Product Manager: “We’re Focused on Netbooks”

Posted on 08. Sep, 2010 by in News

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chromenetbookSenior Chrome product manager Anders Sandholm has told TechRadar that right now that Google has Chrome OS focused on netbooks as opposed to the tablet frenzy that is sweeping the tech world.

What we are focusing on is netbooks in terms of form-factor and providing a really good experience for that,” said Sandholm.

At the same time, it’s clear that Sandholm knows the open source nature of Chrome OS lends itself to open interpretation from other device manufacturers.

“Chrome OS is, of course, an open source project and there are different experiments in things like touch and other form-factors, so we are looking into that but there’s nothing new to announce there.”

A report from DownloadSquad a few weeks ago cited an unknown source saying that HTC would partner with Verizon in offering a Chrome OS tablet at the end of November. That report has not been confirmed, but HTC does a lot of work with touchscreen interfaces, even adding their own UI to Android phones.

While Google has expressed a desire to rid Android of custom UIs, it appears that the company is giving free reign to customization of Chrome OS in order to spur growth for the fledgling operating system.

A lot of form factor debate really boils down to the Chrome Web Store. Initially webapps launched with the store may be best compatible with existing laptop/netbook form factors. We’ll see how that develops when it’s released in October.

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3 Responses to “Chrome Product Manager: “We’re Focused on Netbooks””

  1. dinu

    08. Sep, 2010

    customized UIs for chrome os ? uhmm .. how cool that will be :D

  2. dinu

    08. Sep, 2010

    hey, can we add each others to the blogroll ?

  3. Daniel Cawrey

    08. Sep, 2010

    Well, if Google themselves are putting their efforts towards netbooks I can bet HTC is working on something akin to their smartphones for touch on Chrome OS.

    Hit up the contact form, we’ll see if we can work something out.

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