Google’s Andromeda: One OS To Rule Them All?

Veteran fans of thriller author Michael Crichton may recall that his career kicked into high gear with the 1969 release of a novel entitled "The Andromeda Strain." The book described the impact of a deadly microbe strain delivered to earth from space via a military satellite.

Google is expected to announce the release of a new strain of operating system code-named "Andromeda." The new OS is expected to combine elements of Chrome with Android. Unlike current efforts to bring support for Android apps into Chrome, however, the new Andromeda OS is expected to bring some of the desktop-like capabilities of Chrome into Android to form a super OS that could work across smartphones, tablets and notebook-style form factors.

The development of a single Google OS is an obvious one, but its impact is bound to be profound and will cause a fair amount of stress and, yes, strain, for users, device makers and developers alike.

Though details remain sketchy, the new OS is expected to offer true multi-modal windowing, as well as a file system and other typical accoutrements for a desktop-style operating system. In essence, this means that Google's next OS - expected to be released late this year or sometime next year -- will be able to compete directly with Microsoft Windows and MacOS X.

On many levels, the development of a single Google OS is an obvious one. In fact, I (and many others) thought it was something the company needed to do a long time ago. Despite that, its impact is bound to be profound and cause a fair amount of stress and, yes, strain, for users, device makers and developers alike.

For consumers and other end users, Andromeda will first appear as yet another OS option, because Google isn't likely to immediately drop standalone versions of Android or Chrome OS...

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Google’s Andromeda: One OS To Rule Them All?

Veteran fans of thriller author Michael Crichton may recall that his career kicked into high gear with the 1969 release of a novel entitled "The Andromeda Strain." The book described the impact of a deadly microbe strain delivered to earth from space via a military satellite.

Google is expected to announce the release of a new strain of operating system code-named "Andromeda." The new OS is expected to combine elements of Chrome with Android. Unlike current efforts to bring support for Android apps into Chrome, however, the new Andromeda OS is expected to bring some of the desktop-like capabilities of Chrome into Android to form a super OS that could work across smartphones, tablets and notebook-style form factors.

The development of a single Google OS is an obvious one, but its impact is bound to be profound and will cause a fair amount of stress and, yes, strain, for users, device makers and developers alike.

Though details remain sketchy, the new OS is expected to offer true multi-modal windowing, as well as a file system and other typical accoutrements for a desktop-style operating system. In essence, this means that Google's next OS - expected to be released late this year or sometime next year -- will be able to compete directly with Microsoft Windows and MacOS X.

On many levels, the development of a single Google OS is an obvious one. In fact, I (and many others) thought it was something the company needed to do a long time ago. Despite that, its impact is bound to be profound and cause a fair amount of stress and, yes, strain, for users, device makers and developers alike.

For consumers and other end users, Andromeda will first appear as yet another OS option, because Google isn't likely to immediately drop standalone versions of Android or Chrome OS...

Comments are closed.