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Google TV should turn into Chrome TV


Chrome has revolutionized web browsing. It has evolved the web in 3 years more than in the previous 10. ChromeOS, though, has failed to challenge the PC and laptop status quo, in part because it was conceived before the iPad era, in part because you resist to have a machine that is almost useless when offline.

But the area Chrome would revolutionize is the TV, and this is where Google opted for the Android-based Google TV. A mistake.

The TV and the Web are made to each other, and a ChromeTV would have much more impact in the TV industry than what Google TV might have. Why?
- A Web browser is something that any TV-set manufacturer would integrate without the legal issues of a platform like GoogleTV, owned by Google and tied to potential content rights and other patent issues.
- HTML5 and CSS3 provide a superb framework to develop compelling apps for big screens like TVs.
- The TV-set is “fixed” by nature. If it is connected, it will always be connected, unlike a laptop or tablet. Therefore you can live with just a browser on it. No need for a proper proprietary OS.
- The Web also on the TV? What else can Google dream that would better fit their search and ads business model?

Happy 3rd anniversary Google Chrome!!!

HTML5: The Future of the Web is Here

The clip shows how close HTML5 performance is to that of a native iOS iPad app. Can you believe this is running on a browser?

Disruption is not only about technology, it is also about business models. If the App Store revolutionized mobile apps, the just released Chrome 8 will support Chrome OS Store, that could take the App model to the browser.

To get up to speed on HTML5:
http://diveintohtml5.org/ by Mark Pilgrim
http://www.html5rocks.com/ by Google

A nice HTML5 app: http://everytimezone.com/

Clip seen here: HTML5: not ready for primetime, but getting very close

Back from holiday… and to the Moon

kindle-beach

It has been almost a month of holidays in Spain with my family. It has been the month where Google has announced its Chrome OS, attacking Microsoft where it really hurts, on its Windows licenses. Microsoft success with its new search engine, Bing, reinforced with the Yahoo deal, has finally triggered Google to strike with a move that could take Linux mainstream into the desktop at last, as we dreamed and begged before.

Although rather than desktop , we should say laptop… How much more life do you think desktops have before being totally displaced by laptops? True, that desktops might evolve into Media Centers or PC2TVs in the living-room, but today’s families start to have one laptop per family member rather than one desktop per family.

This summer break was the first time we were travelling with two laptops, one for me and one for my wife. And it is also the first time that mobile operators (Telefonica, Vodafone, Orange and Yoigo) all offered wireless broadband with a HSDPA USD-modem on a prepaid basis, targeting the large number of tourists that visit Spain in summer.

This was also the first holidays that I did not carry any book, I mean, any paper book. With the Kindle fully loaded with eBooks I also avoided the tough decisions of what book to take on the plane, or which one to the beach; I always had all of them with me.

I love the Kindle experience when reading books, but surprisingly I found the eBook readers for the iPhone (eReader or Stanza) very convenient when you are really on the go. In fact, I ended up taking only the iPhone to the beach and not the Kindle. Another great use case for the iPhone eBook readers is to read in bed when your wife is sleeping and you do not want to disturb her with the lamp lights on, or with the Kindle “next page” button clicks. The iPhone is totally silent to turn pages, and with the background color in the reader turned to black, the back-light will not bother your sleeping partner either.

This was also the summer of the 40th anniversary of the first man on the Moon, and I have really enjoyed the way Google celebrated it, making the Moon available on Google Earth. Absolutely stunning. If you have not tried yet, go for it and take your own tour to the Moon (see more on the clip below).

Why is Google building a Browser?

The clip from Google answers the question in its first part. “To take the Web to the next level”. Web browsers were designed for web pages much simpler than the web interactive applications we enjoy today, such as Gmail, Google Maps or Google Docs. JavaScript executes extremely fast in Chrome, taking web application to run at speeds comparable to native Windows applications.

“Chrome is focused on speed, stability and security.” After weeks of intensive use, Chrome has exceeded my expectations. It is really fast, and it has not crashed a single time yet.

Google is making a good investment of the billions its on-line ads business generates, to make sure the Internet keeps open and evolving to support more and more applications on-line. They already did a good job with the wireless auction months ago. Now Google is making sure not only it is not constrained by the limitations of Internet Explorer and other browsers, but it is pushing developers to bet on JavaScript rather than on Silverlight or AIR proprietary technologies for the web interactive applications.

Is Chrome Enough to Kill Windows?

Megabytes and megabytes of commentaries after its launch are setting yet one more record on top of Chrome’s top speed marks of one percent market share in one day, and fastest ever browser.

Most analysis agree that Chrome is aiming at Windows, and not to Internet Explorer. Together with Gears, Chrome’s performance is a huge step forward in making the browser the platform where applications run, making the OS less relevant than ever. For developers, applications can be made independent of the OS, saving programmers from the hassle of porting to different OS platforms. For users, it brings the freedom to choose any OS as long as it has a browser, without fearing applications will not run if they do not choose Windows.

And applications keep moving to the cloud . Although I still use Vista for my home desktop PC, I already trashed Outlook and Thunderbird, replacing them with Gmail superior and convenient web interface. I currently use more Google Docs than OpenOffice to work with documents and spreadsheets. I am considering to get a netbook and my choice might well be Linux.

Still, many heavy applications, specially those media intensive as video/photo editing or high resolution games, will take a while to run on a browser, much less online from the cloud. So we can not discard the OS too quickly either. Windows still commands more than 90% market share, despite slowly eroding. If Google really wants to kill Windows, it will need to do more than Chrome, and a Google-supported Linux distro would really hurt in Redmond.

Google Chrome: Get Equipped for Clouds

Google has surprised the world with its new browser. The product introduction through a comic was a brilliant exercise of showing the superior features of their browser, most of them quite technical, in an simple, plain, easy to understand manner.

Google wants the browser to make the OS irrelevant. The intent was already clear when they launched Gears to power up Google Docs and Google Readers by giving them access to local storage so that applications could run on the browser even when offline.  Chrome is the next step to make sure that the browser is able to run complex and rich applications, as fast as they would run on the OS. 

That is why Chrome includes a fast Javascript Virtual Machine, called V8, designed to run complex Javascript code at the speed of native OS applications. It uses WebKit for rendering, the same engine as Apple’s Safari, and it has been heavily tested with millions of web pages cached in Google’s search platform, to make sure that developers will not need to adapt web applications to yet another browser. As Google will use its browser to drive web innovations, it is open source so that new inventions will be easily available to other browsers.

Quick to render pages and run Javascript, simple clean user interface, more secure against crashes (than IE7, which is easy), includes anti malware and anti-phishing protection, and new nice features, as the Incognito navigation. If you thought that browsers was just a commodity with few room for differentiation, meet Chrome. The perfect fit to run applications on the Cloud safely and fast.

See clip above on Google presentation of Chrome yesterday.