Honeycomb and Chrome OS Both for Tablets? Where's the Logic, Google?
Multiple sources are reporting today that Google is quietly optimizing the Chrome OS for tablets. In the past, Google announced that Chrome OS would be fully compatible with tablets although it was really meant as a lightweight operating system for netbooks. There's nothing wrong with this at all. In fact, I praise Google for realizing that the future (at least between netbooks and tablets) is most likely going to be tablets. The only problem is they may have forgotten about their largely hyped Android Honeycomb operating system.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb made its debut on the Motorola Xoom tablet when it was released on February 24th of this year. The Xoom was the first tablet to compete with the iPad, and I think it's safe to say that it's still the only tablet that poses even the slightest threat to the iPad. Honeycomb generally has mixed reviews with the majority on the negative side. There's no denying though that Honeycomb really takes advantage of the large display and touch interface of tablets. In that regard, the OS certainly succeeds.
So why is Google preparing Chrome OS for tablets? Should it be released, that would essentially being Google competing with... Google. Chrome OS up against Android Honeycomb. How does this make any sense? Plus, the browser in Honeycomb is actually one of the major advantages it has over iOS. Chrome OS is all about the browser, so why is it needed in the tablet market?
Here's another point for you. Chrome OS was announced in July 2009. It's now April 2011 and we have yet to see a release other than on Google's own Cr-48 netbook made available only to developers that want to give the OS a test drive. Why announce a product two years before its made available? At this point, why do we need Chrome OS in the market at all?
Two operating systems for tablets made by one company. It's certainly going to be a fun story to throw around if they eventually compete with each other in the market. Unless...
Introducing HoneyChrome OS.