Google I/O 2010 - A Launch Pad for Chrome OS?
Google's largest developer event of the year is set to commence on May 19 - 20. The event will feature "80 sessions, more than 3,000 developers, and over 100 demonstrations from developers showcasing their technologies"; as revealed by Google's official I/O site.
Of the 80 sessions, 7 are dedicated to "Chrome," three of which will be wholly dedicated to the much anticipated Chrome Operating System. The first Chrome OS session will delve into the architecture of the new OS, its security and productivity features.
The second session will cover "what APIs are offered to Chrome OS applications, both in terms of standard web APIs and extensions specific to Chrome and Chrome OS." This in essence will start the ball rolling for those who wish to develop web applications that will then use resources of the operating system, such as graphics cards and other API enabled system resources.
It's also possible, the most exciting news at the conference might be something no one is even anticipating. Last year Google made a surprise announcement to hundreds of developers at their annual I/O event regarding the release of their newest product: 'Wave.' This wasn't even mentioned in their event schedule and neither was it mentioned as a session. Could there be another surprise planned this year?
With this in mind, plus a bit of wishful thinking and a pinch of calculated posturing, Google may be planning another hat trick by announcing the official release of Chrome OS. There have already been confirmations from netbook makers such as Acer and Asus they will be manufacturing millions of Chrome OS powered netbooks in time for the third quarter of this year. It's not unreasonable to speculate that the official release/announcement of Chrome OS should be expected by at least the begining of the second quarter (e.g. May).
The Google I/O event seems a perfect launch pad for the long awaited operating system.