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have announced their latest project, Google Chrome OS, an open-source platform for x86 and ARM based netbooks, notebooks and computers. Building on their existing Chrome browser, Google Chrome OS is tipped to load and be internet-ready in seconds, be inherently secure from viruses and malware, and present no issues with hardware or software updates. Chrome OS has at its heart a Linux kernel, with Chrome running within a new windowing system. Google Chrome OS will first appear on netbooks in the second-half of 2010, with the search giant apparently already in talks with manufacturers regarding distribution. Prior to that, however, they will make Chrome OS open-source later on in 2009, allowing developers to get to grips with the platform. Since most of the user experience will take place on the web, with users interacting with web-apps, developers will be able to use existing coding skills to create software that not only runs on Google Chrome OS but any standards-based cross-platform browser. As for Android, that remains a going concern for Google, with the company suggesting that "choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including Google" in the areas where the two platforms overlap.
corporate aggregate' has been assembled in Japan to gather Companies. These Companies gathering for the use and promotion of Android.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's mind. Ramping up investments into a client operating system, Ballmer says the line between a phone and PC operating system is changing.
has called the Symbian Foundation "misleading" in their openness, after Symbian Foundation director Lee Williams described Android's "open source" credentials as simply marketing. According to Williams, who heads the newly-formed Symbian Foundation tasked with creating one unified platform out of the various proprietary Symbian OSes, Android is at its heart a Google project and not one led by the community.
"Android is not open. It's a marketing label. It's controlled by Google. It's a pretty label but I don't think the use of Linux is synonymous with open and they may have made that mistake of assuming it is" Lee Williams, director, Symbian FoundationMeanwhile Miner, who co-founded Android and is currently Google's VP of mobile, has dismissed claims, highlighting the fact that Google have not kept back any technology within the mobile platform from their competitors. As for the Symbian Foundation's own open-source position, Miner points to the annual membership fee - $1,500 - required to join the Foundation, and as well as the fact that membership isn't open to individuals:
"If you're talking about a platform and the source code isn't completely available for that platform, I would say it's misleading to call that platform open" Rich Miner, VP of mobile, GoogleSymbian Foundation is to be the OS for a number of handsets announced at Mobile World Congress last week, including the Sony Ericsson Idou.