Reuters: Tablets Will Run Chrome OS, Not Android

Posted on 07. Sep, 2010 by in News

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Reuters is reporting this morning that during a closing keynote speech at IFA, a consumer electronics show held in Germany that Eric Schmidt said Google-powered tablets will run Chrome OS as opposed to Android.

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I tracked down a webcast of the presentation (you can see it here) but let’s consider the fact that at present Google has officially signed off on only one tablet on Android which is the Samsung Galaxy Tab. That means it is the only slate capable of using Android Market.

Google wants to really ramp up the Chrome Web Store, and that’s part of the motivation for this. By having both Google TV and Chrome OS products that utilize the Chrome Web Store, they are hoping to gain momentum for this new platform.

But that doesn’t mean there is not a place for Android. Schmidt concedes in the presentation that the smartphone will soon overtake the PC in terms of sales with no looking back. While everyone will need a smartphone in the future, the need for a PC will only be required for those that have special purposes for them.

Other interesting facts from the presentation: Chrome now has seventy million users, and it is four times faster than its initial release.

What do you think? Should all Google powered tablets run Chrome OS or is there room for Android?

UPDATE: This was a Reuters UK report linked above, after watching the video I wanted to post the exact quote. During the Q&A session, Schmidt was asked about Chrome OS and this was his response.

“It’s targeted primarily at the netbook space today. Of course, because it’s free it will also be used for tablets. But I think it’s too early to say exactly how it will be played out. We’re looking forward to the partner announcements later this year.”

UPDATE 2: I’ve decided to change the title to attribute this information from Reuters because based on the video I saw that’s not what Schmidt said.

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13 Responses to “Reuters: Tablets Will Run Chrome OS, Not Android”

  1. Anonymous

    07. Sep, 2010

    Chrome OS is for netbooks and Android is for smartphones, tablets are the grey area where consumers get to decide what works in the end, unlike certain other companies.

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  4. Nabeel Ahmed

    07. Sep, 2010

    Google should optimize Android for Tablets. There is no need for another OS. Moreover I have used chrome on tablets & I don’t find it easy to use.

  5. d-d

    07. Sep, 2010

    Both systems perhaps.

  6. Daniel Cawrey

    07. Sep, 2010

    I agree with the statement that it will be the consumers choice. But there is one factor in play here: Android Market has to be approved for devices, while anyone with a modern browser will be able to use the Chrome Web Store no matter the device. There will be a post about this in the near future.

  7. beholder

    10. Sep, 2010

    Not just the Galaxy Tab is approved by Google and has access to the Android market. There were several tablets shown at IFA which are also approved. For example the Viewsonic Viewpad 7. Google just requires the tablets to have 3G or 4G.

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    18. Sep, 2010

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