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Google Kills Off Motorola's Webtop. Isn't Android Ready For Desktops?

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    Google kills off Motorola's Webtop. Isn't Android ready for desktops? (click for full article)

    by Lucian Armasu on Sep 11, 2012

    "Now that Google has acquired Motorola, they are able to make their opinions clear about whether they think Android is or will ever be suited for desktop use. With the termination of Motorola's Webtop, it's becoming clear that Google has no intention of ever using Android as a desktop OS. So the question is, will Google ever compete for the desktop market?


    Google still has ChromeOS, which I've always thought is designed for $200 machines, or devices that are free on contract. But Google doesn't usually understand how to price these "new category" devices when they are first launching them (see original Google TV and Motorola's Xoom). I think ChromeOS hasn't succeeded in a meaningful way so far because the devices it's running on are too expensive when you're just getting a "browser", and because HTML5 and other web technologies are simply "not there" yet.


    Sergey Brin has said before that he can see ChromeOS and Android merging together at some point in the future. This could be why Google is killing Motorola's Webtop, and why they seem to have no intention of porting Android to desktop PCs. Perhaps they want to give ChromeOS one more major push, by integrating it with Android. That would offer users a tablet or smartphone experience in standalone mode, and a desktop experience when docking the device to a PC monitor with a keyboard and mouse."
     
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    If Android and Chrome OS were merged into one OS that could really be very cool IMO. For starters it would likely mean that mobile devices (and GTV devices) could continue to receive Flash updates beyond Flash 11. Also GTV could have access to a tremendous amount of Chrome plug-ins from the Chrome store. And as the article mentions if Chrome OS became available on the ARM platform - then the cost would come down making the devices more appealing.

    Possible drawbacks to the GTV device sales would be potential loss of market share to phones and tablets that could be docked to a TV (for those not wanting to spend money for the full GTV experience). Also currently Hulu doesn't block the Chrome OS on the Samsung devices - however if Android merged with the Chrome OS I could see Hulu (and the networks) coming up with a way to block this.
     
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