Why Google Chose Notebooks Instead of Tablets for Chrome OS

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    Don Reisinger

It Has Android

It Has Android

There is perhaps a simple, easy reason Google decided against bringing Chrome OS to tablets: it already has Android. On mobile devices, the company's Android operating system is performing extremely well. It would only make sense for Google to not want to mess with that success with a competitor of its own.
After a long wait, Google has announced that the first Chrome OS-based notebooks will be available for order at Amazon and Best Buy on June 15. The devices, built by Samsung and Acer, respectively, offer a lightweight notebook style. Acer's option comes with an 11.6-inch HD display and 6 hours of battery life. It's running the Intel Atom processor. Samsung's notebook, on the other hand, features a 12.1-inch display and boasts 8.5 hours of continuous usage on a single charge. Like Acer's option, Samsung's platform runs the Intel Atom processor, and includes an HD Webcam. Though recent reports suggest that Google might eventually bring Chrome OS to tablets, for now, the company's plan is to offer its latest operating system only on lightweight notebooks, in spite of the rapid rise of tablet sales and wide speculation that users are choosing to buy tablets instead of notbooks. Why did Google choose notebooks over tablets to run Chrome OS? And perhaps most importantly, was it a good idea? The second question won't be answered for months. Here's why Google spurned tablets and chose notebooks for Chrome OS.

Read on to find out why:
This article was originally published on 2011-05-13
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.