The Future of Android and the Chrome OS

Apparently I'm not the only one to have some innovating thoughts about Android and the Chrome OS. Slashdot has a story that mentions how the two should be merged in the near future. Furthermore, Paul Buchheit, the creator of Gmail, also seems to agree. I'm still a little bit hesitant to disclose all of the technical details publicly, but it would seem that Google is starting to take some steps in the right direction. My plan essentially boils down to taking the Android userspace back to the desktop and incorporating an Android App Screen, much like what Apple showcased at their Back to the Mac event, but also modifying apps so that they are literally write-once, run-anywhere - on any architecture. Incidentally, it would also enable users to run any of the tens of thousands of amazing open-source applications already available, and potentially tie in a revenue system for open-source projects via the Android app store.

Perhaps it was slightly selfish to come up with these ideas - I really just wanted to beautify Linux in both software and hardware, and make the user experience just as enjoyable as it is on a Mac (minus the annoying hard-coded settings). Could 2011 finally be the Year of the Linux Desktop?

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