Now that Google has disclosed its plan to release an open-source Operating System based on its Chrome browser, a slew of valid concerns and interesting questions arises:
"What happens to Google Android, the first open source Google OS?"
"Will there be overlaps?"
"Is Google dropping Android altogether?"
Well, Google has taken it upon itself to clarify stuff for us by issuing a statement:
"Google Chrome OS is a new project, separate from Android. Android was designed from the beginning to work across a variety of devices from phones to set-top boxes to netbooks. Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems. While there are areas where Google Chrome OS and Android overlap, we believe choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including Google."
There you go. Pretty, uhm, straight-forward: Chrome OS is designed to power computers. Android is designed to work on everything else. As for overlaps, it's all good.
[Android and Chrome logos courtesy of Google]