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Android ported to CR-48 Chrome Notebook

Well Hexxeh has done it again. After building Flow out of Chrome OS, he has successfully ported Android to the CR-48 notebook given out by Google. There is no other information regarding its stability and functionality but it certainly shows that Android can reach out to a very broad selection of devices.

Android Community Google Cr-48 Giveaway Winners Announced!

One heckuva contest just went down here on Android Community and over at one of our partner sites: SlashGear. We both teamed up with Google to get pumped up about the future of computing, together giving away a total of FIVE brand new Google Cr-48 notebooks, all of them running Google Chrome OS. We've got ALL of the winners of these fantastic new Cr-48 notebooks below, take a look! If one of them is you, get super excited because your laptops are probably already on their way! If you don't show up below, get super excited anyway because the Pilot Program is still active! Now get to clicking!

Android Community Google Cr-48 Giveaway REMINDER

Incase you're unaware, we're running a contest to give away five Google Chrome OS Cr-48 notebooks and you're invited to win! These notebooks aren't going to hit the market until the middle of next year so this is your only way to grab a notebook for your own right this minute (other than the pilot testing program, of course.) But you just want one to chill and rock on, yes? Two Android Community members (and THREE over at SlashGear) are going to be able to win, the first drawing to be done on Friday December 17 at midnight PST!

Android Community Google Cr-48 Giveaway

Notebooks running Google Chrome OS aren't expected to hit the market until mid-2011, so until now the only way to get your hands on a Google laptop is to sign up to the search giant's pilot program and hope you get picked to try out one of the 12.1-inch ultraportables. Now, though, there's another way: Google has given us five Cr-48 notebooks to give away, two for Android Community members and three over at our sibling site SlashGear.

Google Chrome Event Announced, Invites Sent to Publishers [UPDATED]

Hooray! Invites have been sent out to publishers for an even that'll be taking place on December 7th at around 10AM centered around Google Chrome! What'll it be, what'll it be?! This event will take place at Dogpatch studios over in San Francisco, the event lasting 3 hours, with a DEMO session near the end! You know what that means? Something totally and completely sweet.

Are Google Chrome OS and Android Destined to Converge?

A lot of you probably saw this one coming, I mean, after all, what is the point of having two separate OSes for almost all the same devices. Unless Google wants to go all out with Chrome OS into computers and Android for mobile devices only. Google’s execs have agreeing that Chrome OS and the Android platform have “a great deal of commonality” and “may merge even closer.” And now Sergey Brin, one of Google’s founders, has told reporters - after last week’s Chrome OS reveal - that “Android and Chrome will likely converge over time”. Brin also said: “A subsequent version of Android is going to pick up a lot of the Chrome stack. My guess is we’ll have ‘Chrome Lite’ or something similar.” He cited among other things, the common Linux and Webkit code base present in both projects. But Google's Sundar Pichai, Vice President, Product Management, said in his presentation:
We're reaching a perfect storm of converging trends where computers are behaving more like mobile devices, and phones are behaving more like small computers. Having two open source operating systems from Google provides both users and device manufacturers with more choice and helps contribute a wealth of new code to the open source community.
That last statement from Google was in response to questions about how and when the two projects would merge. Seems like they wanted to downplay Brin's statement. What do you think, do you like the idea of merging both projects? Let us know in the comments. [Via SlashGear]

Will Chrome OS be the death of Android netbooks?

Fans of open source operating systems and haters of Microsoft were thrilled when word started coming out that some of the major computer makers were going to be offering netbooks that run Android. Among the major makers looking at Android are Acer, Dell, and HP with a few early machines from lesser known companies already showing up at trade shows with Android installed. With the announcement of the new Google Chrome OS coming soon, the Android plans for many of these computer makers have to be in question. Why would a major computer maker like Acer want to put Android on a netbook when it appears that Google will be favoring Chrome for computers?

Android and Google Chrome OS “may merge closer” in future

According to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, the company's Android mobile platform and their newly-announced Google Chrome OS have "a great deal of commonality."  In fact, according to the executive, the two OSes "may merge even closer" in the future. Speaking at a press conference this week, ostensibly to discuss the new netbook platform but which covered various points of Google's business, Schmidt and company founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page discussed the open-nature of the new platform.  While in their initial blog post about Chrome OS they indicated that it and Android would remain separate, and that "choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including Google", there now seems to be signs that the two will shift from parallel to integrated projects. The trio also discussed the nature of open-source software and how they do not envisage Chrome OS as a direct competitor to Windows.  In fact, Schmidt said, "Microsoft is welcome to put Internet Explorer on our operating system," but that "it's highly unlikely they would do it.  They would have to port it and the port is not trivial ... the ball is in their court."  Referring to Google's well-known "do no evil" pledge, he highlighted the fact that because Chrome is open-source "even if we had an evil moment [to block out Microsoft], we would be unsuccessful." The first netbooks running Google Chrome OS are expected in the second half of 2010.

Google Chrome OS hardware partners named

Hot on the heels of their Chrome OS announcement, Google have revealed a list of the technology companies they are working with to eventually produce devices running the new platform.  Tipped as a partial list, the roster nonetheless includes several names we're familiar with from Open Handset Alliance membership. Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, HP, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and Toshiba are all named, though Google says these are "among others".  Notable by their absence are Sony and Dell, as are Samsung; the latter has obviously invested in Android, as it is about to launch the I7500 Galaxy, and has a well-received netbook range. The search giant has also re-confirmed that Google Chrome OS will be a free product for end-users, and made open-source later on in the year.  Actual shipping products based on the OS - which has been described as the Chrome browser sitting within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel - aren't expected until the second-half of 2010.
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