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Gmail creator Paul Buchheit gives Google's Chrome OS a vote of no confidence

December 14, 2010 |  1:28 pm

ChromeGoogle’s Chrome operating system isn’t even out of its beta stage yet, and Gmail creator Paul Buchheit is already predicting its demise.

“Prediction: Chrome OS will be killed next year (or 'merged' with Android),” Buchheit posted on messaging network FriendFeed. That’s another service he founded.

Chrome, which slogged through several delays, offers few superior features to Google’s Android system, Buchheit added. The operating system will officially launch sometime in 2011, according to Google.

“Yeah, I was thinking, 'Is this too obvious to even state?' but then I see people taking ChromeOS seriously, and Google is even shipping devices for some reason,” he wrote.

Last week, Mountain View-based Google began shipping out its new Acer-built Cr-48 laptops to select Chrome testers.


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Photo: The logo for the Google Chrome Web browser. Credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press