What is Google up to with Android - and what's Chrome?
Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 05/09/2008 10:31
It's having a busy time, making waves that have been felt all around the mobile and web world -- especially the latter.
First up, Android -- a software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and key applications. That's not our description, but Google's. We'd describe Android as Google's attempt to give Linux a pretty face before putting it on to mobile phones as part of the company's ongoing endeavour to conquer the world, perhaps as part of the Doctor Who Christmas special plotline.
It's impossible to see the arrival of a browser from Google as anything but a push into the last internet space that it doesn't yet have a foot in - and hence as an elbow in the ribs to Microsoft, which is releasing Internet Explorer 8, as well as Firefox and Mozilla. Existing browsers date back to the 1990s, it says - a subtle dig. Does the future have a chrome finish?