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?
Many of the computer makers that were considering Android like HP may well wait until the Chrome OS launches before settling on Android or Chrome for their machines. Even Google admits there will be overlap between the two. I wonder if we may eventually see smartphones with more power running the Chrome OS.[via BusinessWeek]