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December 14, 2010

Former Gmail man labels Chrome OS a fail

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by Darren Allan

Paul Buchheit, the ex-Google employee who was the architect of Gmail, doesn’t have much faith in the Chrome operating system to say the least.

It was only last week that Google was talking up its plans for the cloud-based OS, which is designed for netbooks with a keyboard rather than tablets. Beta test notebooks are about to be sent out by the company.

However, Buchheit posted on his FriendFeed (as spotted by Digital Trends) that he has looked into his crystal ball, and – “Prediction: ChromeOS will be killed next year (or ‘merged’ with Android).”

He doesn’t see the Chrome for netbooks, Android for tablets argument because, as he further states: “ChromeOS has no purpose that isn’t better served by Android (perhaps with a few mods to support a non-touch display).”

A commenter, Patrick Keys, added: “Also predicted: bear s**ts in woods. Even Eric Schmidt has said publicly that chromeOS was a side-bet against its own android.”

To which Buchheit responded: “Yeah, I was thinking, ‘is this too obvious to even state?’, but then I see people taking ChromeOS seriously, and Google is even shipping devices for some reason.”

Chrome devices are supposed to be available come the middle of next year, after the beta testing and a good degree of bug squashing has been accomplished (currently, the OS is pretty bug-ridden).

But by that time, will it indeed be dead on arrival, or swiftly “incorporated” into Android? HoneyChrome, perhaps…

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