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If you want to you can scroll down and watch this for yourself (go to 42:46), but I thought it would be better to provide a transcript of what was said yesterday during the Web 2.0 Summit when at the end of Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s talk he was asked about Chrome OS.
Take what you will from the release comments. I’m sure the CEO knows all but we haven’t heard anything from Google PR yet about the fact that Chrome OS was supposed to arrive in 2010.
Arpit from Comcast: (asks an Android fragmentation question, then) Where does Chrome OS fit? What’s the logic of Chrome OS, another platform? Now I’m confused. On a particular sized device is it going to be Chrome? Is it going to be Android?
Schmidt: (after first answer about Android fragmentation) Then you asked the question about Chrome OS. Chrome OS is a very different solution. Chrome OS can be understood as riding on the success of Chrome. And Chrome OS is essentially the Chrome browser running on, essentially, netbooks of one kind or another – initially Intel chips then ARM chips and so forth and so on. Again, also open, fully open sourced. We don’t want to sort of call the question and say this one does one thing and this does the other (Chrome OS vs Android). So far the model seems to be that the Android solution is particularly optimized for things that involve touch in some form and Chrome OS appears to be focusing primarily on keyboard based solutions that are of the traditional PC variety. And that’s how the market seems to be segmenting. And we’ll see. Chrome OS is not shipping yet at any volume. So we’ll see and you should be the judge.
Sean Hollister from Engadget: Wanted to ask – You’ve spoken a little on where Chrome OS fits, can you tell us when we’ll see it on netbooks and if we’ll see it on tablets?
Schmidt: Well, because it’s open source so the answer is yes, yes, yes and yes. Just as you’ll see Android on everything. The primary design center, again, has been on netbooks. But of course there’s nothing preventing it from being on larger or smaller devices. It’s designed around something with a keyboard though.
Hollister: But a timeframe?
Schmidt: The answer is that the software is coming out in the next few months.
Hollister: And do you have a timeframe for Gingerbread? I’ll just tack that on.
Schmidt: The next few weeks.