When Google Chrome was announced last year it was said to be headed to multiple platforms and form factors and that netbooks would originally be the focus at release. When we started hearing rumblings of Honeycomb on the horizon and the fact that it was designed for tablets, we started to hear that Chrome was going to stay with netbooks, laptops and devices with physical keyboards.
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At this point this tactic may be changing. Yesterday Google announced that newly Sundar Pichal had been appointed to the position of Senior Vice President of Google Chrome. It seems like Google may be taking Google Chrome back to their original multi platform multi form factor plan.
Although there was some discussion earlier this year that Chrome would require a physical keyboard, when it was announced Google also issued this mock up photo clearly showing Chrome running on a tablet device. There were also rumors that HTC was developing, not an Android tablet, but a Chrome tablet, which we learned were false rumors at the time.
Google is currently working on a massive overhaul of Google Chrome which is said to include a “user agent string” which determines what device you are viewing the web on and then optimizes the content for the specific device you are using. A virtual keyboard, and the ability to shift from landscape to portrait orientation are also among the new features. Obviously all of these are features that we are familiar with, in both Android phones and tablets.
In regards to Chrome for tablets, Google released the following statement:
“Chrome OS was designed from the beginning to work across a variety of form factors. We expect to see different partners build different kinds of devices based on Chrome OS, but for this initial release we are targeting the notebook form factor.”
Google released Chrome on a beta testing laptop the CR-48 which was met with warm reviews. It will be interesting to see what Google plans to do with both Chrome and Honeycomb. As far as Honeycomb is concerned, the part about Honeycomb coming to phones came from this story, where Andy Rubin debunks the “Android is closing Source” stories he cites the fact that they aren’t releasing Honeycomb until it can run properly on phones.