After years of speculation, Google has finally announced that it is launching its own operating system.
People have been speculating for years that Google would eventually come up with its operating system (OS). There really had been no discernable movement into that direction, but apparently the big G was just keeping it a really well hidden secret from everyone. In a blog post on the official Google blog earlier this evening, the company announced that Google Chrome was no longer just the name of a Web browser, but also will be the name of an upcoming open source operating system that is being worked on.
Sometime later this year Google will make the Chrome OS open source so that anyone can work on it, just as has been done with the Web browser of the same name. (Honestly, Google couldn’t have called the OS something different yet similar? This is going to get confusing!) The announcement also said that in the second half of 2010 the new operating system will make its way on to netbooks from manufacturing partners to be announced at a later date.
Besides knowing that the new OS will be running on top of a Linux kernel, the company also announced what the thought process is behind the creation of the new project:
Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.
That sounds a whole lot like something Steve Jobs would say, and he has actually uttered the “it should just work” phrase on more than one occasion, so you have to wonder just who Google is targeting with this project.
More news as it becomes available.