At today's Mobilebeat 2009 Conference, Google VP of Engineering Vic Gundotra spoke about mobile platforms and what enables success. Interestingly enough, Gundotra quickly mentioned web app development as the future of successful mobile platforms. Does he mean Chrome OS?
Gundotra mostly reiterated most of what we already know. Google believes the future of the computers lies in the browser, with apps coded according to web standards and data existing in the cloud. However, what stood out as interesting was that Gundotra, who isn't directly part of the Android team, referenced all this in the same breath as the rapid evolution of mobile browsers and mobile data plans. While he never explicitly referenced Chrome OS, it seemed evident that the upcoming, browser-based platform was in his head as he spoke.
He also spoke on how browsers and web standards are advancing so quick, that web apps will be more powerful than people realise.
"Steve Jobs had it right when he said build for the web. But timing was an issue."
He also praised Apple for making unlimited data plans mandatory for the iPhone, and said that going forward, it will be essential for the mobile space.
We know Google said there would be some overlap between Chrome OS and Android, but exactly how much overlap are we talking here? Is Chrome OS going to pop up on our phones? [Chrome OS]