….. and it will be started on Android, Google’s own open source mobile OS. To date, Google Chrome is available only for PCs, but its co-founder, Sergey Brin said in Tuesday at the Chrome launch event that his company didn’t have any plan to bind their browser with some particular platforms or a like. In other words, this could be a statement which indicate Google’s policy to spread this build-from-scratch browser to any platform they can; mobile platform is not an exception here.
On the same report, Brin mentioned that there is a possibility that the next version of Android will use as much as half the code they used to build the Chrome. He also pointed out if Chrome will have its specific name for its mobile edition. It could be something like â€œChrome-likeâ€ or close from that.
Getting into the mobile browser war
Chrome, which has been released two days ago together with such fantastic cartoon illustration, has gaining a lot of attention over the blogosphere or major media until now. Kompas, one of Indonesia trusted news sources reported [id] that Chrome even has secured about 9% market share just 9 hours after its release. Thatâ€™s equal to 14 million downloads at a given time.
Chrome, with marvelous support from its creator, is undoubtedly will become a serious threat for any popular browser out there, including IE 8, Firefox, Opera, or Safari. However, unlike its status on the PC platform, Chrome is predicted to have a bigger chance to become a leader in this mobile computing environment. The main reason is pretty simple. Citing Gene Munster, analyst at Piper Jaffray, who said that poor browser design has been the biggest limitation to widespread adoption of the mobile Internet.
Later, the launch of HTC Dream (Android-powered first gadget) in this October, will become a huge milestone for Google and mobile OS industry. Well, at least this event will mark three important things for me. First, it will become a sign for Google to play seriously in this field. Second, that Symbian and Safari will get their major contender. Three, that Opera Inc. should not be lazy to improve their award-winning Opera Mini over and over.