August 9, 2012

Could Android Find Success on the Desktop?

AndroidIs Google preparing to do what it was rumored to do for so long, namely bring the Android mobile OS to the desktop? Today's Android user on a smartphone may scoff at the idea but there are signs that Google might have the desktop in its sights, and it's also clear that Chrome OS has not been the revolution on laptops or desktops that Google had hoped it woud be. Here are some of the rumblings about the possibility of Android on the desktop.

The Eye on Linux blog is wondering whether Google has desktop aspirations with Android:

"There are millions and millions of people using Android on their smartphones, and even some that are using it on tablets. What would happen if there was a version of Android released for the desktop?"

The Eye on Linux post takes note of a very interesting post from Steven Vaughan-Nichols on the possibility of desktop and multi-user support for Android, where he writes:

"Google is bringing multi-user support to Android and it's far enough along that they're no longer working on just the background processes, they're also well into the user-interface design. The only real questions now are when and how will Google introduce it...what I really wonder if Google will decide to finally offer an Android desktop offering of its own. In particular, I wonder if Google will at long last combine its Chrome OS, which is just the Chrome browser running on a thin-layer of Linux, with Android for a new desktop operating system."

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