Chrome OS is maturing quickly these days. Techcrunch.com has a short article about the latest release of Chrome OS and it certainly does look promising as an OS. The OS is slowly migrating away from the Chrome browser and the extra functionality means it no longer has the look or feel of just being a browser.
In some ways this is a good thing, it makes Chrome OS a better system. But in another way, I have to wonder if Google are missing out a little here. After all, they do have a very capable OS already. The Android OS may have been developed with phones in mind and it has since expanded to incorporate tablets and other mobile devices. So why not grow it further for desktops?
Google is one of the main jaugenauts in technology. They always have multiple projects going on, from small changes to big dreams. In this case it seems like two projects are starting to converge. An OS for phones is expanding to other devices and what was initially a browser is expanding to become a fully functional OS.
There are, of course, many problems with integrating the two projects but imagine the ultimate goal, a universal OS. Familiar to users across desktops, tablets and mobiles. In terms of OS it’s the holy grail.
Maybe Google have something in the works further down the line. I would be very surprised if they haven’t at least considered trying to merge the projects or to slowly integrate both. Only time will tell.