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Google Working On Android PC OS?

Gordon Kelly


Google Working On Android PC OS?

Now here's something that could be unspeakably exciting...

It looks like Google may be working on a PC operating system. Yep, that's the rather huge news spilling from market research company Net Applications which uses software sensors at 40,000 web sites to measure traffic and record non-sensitive data such as operating system, browser, IP address, domain host, language, screen resolution and referring search engine.

Accordingly it has now revealed that approximately one third of visitors from Google.com to these sites were using an unrecognised OS - an unknown scenario since Net Applications claims its sensors detect virtually every operating system including almost all flavours of Unix and Linux and even Windows 7 pre-beta builds. Even more mysterious is the unrecognised response is because the OS identity was being specifically masked.

"We have never seen an OS stripped off the user agent string before," said Net Applications CEO Vince Vizzaccaro to InternetNews.com. "I believe you have to arrange to have that happen, it's not something we've seen before with a proxy server. All I can tell you is there's a good percentage of the people at Google showing up {at Web pages} with their OS hidden."

So what do we make of this? Cynics - nothing. Optimists, well... you can hang onto the notion that Google has openly said it did not see Android being confined solely to the mobile phone / smartphone market place.

Let the debate begin...


via InternetNews.com


December 8, 2008, 3:35 pm

I love Google and everything they do, but how could they convince the likes of Dell & HP to include their OS with new PC's? More importantly, how could they convince the public to switch from Windows?


December 8, 2008, 4:16 pm

"unspeakably exciting"?

I don't get the appeal of Android - it's reliance on the inefficient Java bloatware just puts me off.

Also, do we really need another desktop OS that won't do what Joe Public wants? (I.E. Run Windows apps out of the box.)


December 8, 2008, 4:17 pm

Please let it be true...


December 8, 2008, 5:30 pm

@Ryan - sounds like you believe everyone else shouldn't even try ;) Let's just get word on whether it exists before destroying it! Besides, it would certainly work with Chrome, Google Maps, Picassa, Gmail, etc etc out the box.


December 8, 2008, 5:46 pm

Linux has never had the marketing to get itself off the ground.

Apple charge too much for the hardware.

Google could be just the people to break windows due to it's advertising ability... Anyone for adverts that show pcs with android installed on every youtube page and every google search page?

It would guarantee sales!

And they could always design a virutal machine to run windows if you still wished to do so!!


December 8, 2008, 6:02 pm

With the brains at google on it they've probably made it compatible with windows software or somesuch genius.

Personally, I don't care if it dethrones anyone, it's always great to have competition!


December 8, 2008, 6:18 pm

Competition is a good thing. I just hope that millions don't blindly start praising the system before it is even out.

I fell out of love with Google a while back, a move excerbated by the initial security flaws in the terms and conditions of Chrome. Google is akin to Apple where they create fanaticism amongst their fans, to the point of blindness.

Software is the same as hardware to me - I will use whatever is right for me at the time, based on performance and cost. If an Android OS works out better, I'll give it a try. But I won't be leaping blind into this.


December 8, 2008, 8:54 pm

Would be nice to see some more competition in the OS market. There are a lot of nice linux distros out there but they don't have the advertising/compatability to make it big, and Apple is content with it's minority/niche market to whom they can sell grossly overpriced products. And while I won't jump the gun, I'd say that if google did enter the market they have a better chance then most to make a splash.


December 8, 2008, 9:25 pm

I've recently ditched Hotmail for Gmail and am using Opera for a week to see if it's better than Firefox, so far so good. I really hope Google is considering an OS, I'm running Vista and hate it. I'm still exploring Google services, going to try out Google bookmarks. We really need competition. Microsofts' stranglehold is bad for consumers. Apple is too pricey and like previously mentioned, Linux doesn't have the compatibility and./or money to really make a challenge in the OS space.


December 9, 2008, 5:24 pm

I just wish they'd dedicate all this extra time spent messing with their own OS to finishing off some of their beta range (hint, hint, *cough* Android etc).

Ok, just Android.

Robert Elliot

December 12, 2008, 7:43 pm

Why would they create an O/S when their whole philosophy is that "the web is the platform"? If they are right, all an O/S will need to do is run a browser - indeed, a browser could be said to "be" the O/S. And they seem to have a browser.


December 12, 2008, 8:15 pm

@Robert - I think you are answering your own question... could simply be some sort of thin client.

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