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Ever since we asked What Is Google Doing With Chrome OS? our fears for the platform have only increased. The release of the CR-48 developer notebook has done little to inspire confidence and neither has our time with the platform during our Guide to Chrome OS.

Furthermore the dissenters are gathering force. In mid December former Googler Paul Buchheit tweeted "Prediction: ChromeOS will be killed next year (or “merged” with Android)". Buchheit should be taken seriously, he was the creator of Gmail and developed the original prototype of Adsense, the advertising system now responsible for 30 per cent of Google's total income. His thesis: "ChromeOS has no purpose that isn’t better served by Android" will find many sympathisers too, after all a cloud based OS has many advantages, but it seems extreme in this day and age of iffy mobile broadband to rule out all native applications given it will be some time before connections become fast enough to replace Photoshop.

Besides if Chrome OS really is just Chrome then we can enjoy the benefits of the Chrome OS Web Store inside the browser while still using Windows, Linux or Mac OS X.

Also for the chop: rival Jolicloud is struggling to gain support as well after a buggy start.

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