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Android will be the desktop platform
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2008 04:34:46 -0400

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Date: September 24, 2008 4:01:50 AM EDT
To: dave () farber net
Subject: Android will be the desktop platform


[anonymize if you post -- I'm way too deep in Silicon Valley]

For IP if you like.

Google's new Chrome web browser caused all kinds of
claims it was a new kind of operating system --
something designed to (in the future) rival Windows.

Many analysts shot this down. It doesn't have hardware
support, it doesn't contain drivers -- and rightly so.
Chrome depends on Windows to access the disk or
obtain network access. Android (will) not.

Think of Windows as "top-down" and Android
as "bottom-up." Windows created a platform
and as since moved it (and the hardware, disk
drivers) to other chips -- you see this as
Windows Mobile. It runs Windows on phones,
tablets and other small devices.

As we all know, Google likes the "Beta"
model -- release something before it's well
baked as a beta and refine from wide-spread

Android could be the OS those analysts have
been looking for. It supports various "small
device" chips right now, but could easily be
cross-compiled to run on x86 chips found
in many PCs. Since it's based on Linux,
Google could easily include the existing
Linux drivers to run the hardware, kernel,
etc. and let Android run the apps.

I figure Google plans to release the phone
and refine the platform until it's ready (and has the
apps to support) it's release to the desktop.
Android will be optimized to run Google's apps
on the web (via Chrome and it's speedy Javascript).

This is the bottom-up approach to overtaking the
desktop that could rival MS. A free OS, running
Google Apps (Office, email, etc.) all running
off the minimal (and therefore faster and more
secure) Android OS.

This theory is even hinted at by the quotes
from the Andoid release:

"This is as good a computer as you had a few
years ago in this phone," Google founder Larry Page said.

[with a PC chip, it would be just as fast -- or
much faster]

"Google is looking to create the same open
environment that it enjoys on the desktop," [Avi
Greengart] said.

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