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Will Mobile Development Slow in 2011?  : Page 2

One expert believes that many companies are coming to the conclusion that mobile applications don't add to the bottom line.


Google's Chrome OS Will Remain an 'Appliance' for the Foreseeable Future

"My take on the Chrome OS is that it is focused on being an 'appliance' OS," said Rozlog. "It is currently built with a Linux kernel and optimized for specific non-tech user situations, such as crash recovery, faster boot times, and optimization where the end-user would notice. That is why I call the OS an appliance because it is not your standard OS like Windows, Mac, or even Linux."

Google is taking a minimalist approach to keep the OS and the applications simple, he said.

"The focus at this time does not appear to be standard natively compiled applications," he said. Google is focusing on HTML 5 for a lot of the future features of the OS. The OS interface will have a lot more to do with the Chrome browser than a standard GUI desktop, so many applications may run in a panel or tab in the future.

"Google appears to be going after this market like it did with Android, allowing people and manufacturers to adopt it and mold it to their particular need," he said. "This is a great, fast way to spread adoption, but that approach could also lead to the fragmentation we see in the Android space."

Rozlog said he expects the Chrome OS will be on fire this year.

More 'Sur-charged' Operating Systems?

What is a sur-charged OS you may ask? Well, it is an OS with a charge for developers selling apps on that particular platform. Think Apple.

"I don't have a problem with a closed system such as iOS adding a charge for apps to be delivered on the AppStore," he said. "In most cases, the AppStore is a great value to developers. You build a piece of software, deploy it to the AppStore, and Apple takes care of the rest, even if you don't have a tax id."

Here's the possible game-changer -- Apple has added the same API of iOS to the next release of the Mac OS X. So, developers have to go to Apple to deploy an application to a standard Mac.

"Since the only 'approved' place in the future might be the AppStore, developers would have to give a portion of their app revenue (currently 30 percent) to Apple for the privilege of developing for the Mac OS," he said.

If that happens, will developers play? Will consumers follow? Will other OS manufactures follow suit?

Herman Mehling has written about IT for 25 years. He has written hundreds of articles for leading computer publications and websites.
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