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Without much fanfare, Google unleashed its Chrome OS onto a fleet of new devices, including the new Asus Chromebit dongle, Asus Chromebook Flip, and two laptops from Chinese manufacturers Hisense and Haier, earlier this week. Google has good reason to push out its Chrome OS, a simplistic browser-based operating system previously designed for its Chromebook laptop. The system serves as an entry point to get more people to use Google’s wide range of apps and services, keeping users within its ecosystem. And the more data Google can glean from the users, the more potential revenue it can make from targeted ads.
Last week two items of note occurred. Apple released the iPad, and Google announced they would be building Flash into Chrome and Chrome OS. These two announcements highlight a growing difference between Apple and Google’s strategies for the future of computing. Both agree it’s mobile, but they have strong differing opinions on the issue of App vs WebApp.
Apple has had an interesting evolution. When the iPhone OS was first released, Apple staunchly positioned it as web apps only, with no native applications allowed. Eventually, after a small community of hackers got apps to work on the phones and even created a single app to find, download, and update their apps, Apple caved in. We then got a SDK for native applications, and finally arrived in the age of “There’s an App for that.” The iPad as a device is the epitome of this mentality. The iPad is about taking experiences that live elsewhere, whether Netflix or the New York Times, and creating an even better, completely customized experience for a single device. It’s all about the apps. Continue reading “App vs. WebApp: A philosophical difference”