Eric Schmidt talks about Chrome OS and Nexus Two

In a recent interview with the Telegraph Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt discussed the company’s approach to data, its mobile operating system, Android, and its unreleased operating system, Chrome OS. The most interesting part of the interview was when Schmidt said that the company won’t be releasing a second Android device, rumored to be named the Nexus Two.  The company sees no need for such a device with there now being many high spec’d devices running Android.

Schmidt discussed the reasoning for Google not to make the Nexus Two stating that “the idea a year and a half ago was to do the Nexus One to try to move the phone platform hardware business forward. It clearly did. It was so successful, we didn't have to do a second one. We would view that as positive but people criticized us heavily for that. I called up the board and said: 'Ok, it worked. Congratulations - we're stopping'. We like that flexibility, we think that flexibility is characteristic of nimbleness at our scale”.

Some people will have been hoping Google would release another Nexus device as it was likely to feature impressive hardware; however there will equally be people who are pleased there isn’t another high profile Android device coming out in the near future. Over the past few months there have been an unprecedented number of powerful Android devices released, annoying some who want there to be a single Android device that is the best for a reasonable period of time. It’s likely this news will also be well received by device manufactures who are thought to have been slightly put out by Google's strategy of providing the operating system and also offering a competing device.

The decision not to produce a “Nexus Two” might also have been influenced by weaker sales than many expected of the original Google Nexus One.

The interview continued on to discuss, briefly, Google’s plans for Chrome OS, the company’s lightweight Internet based OS expected to be released later this year.  Schmidt was asked if Google would “consider a similar partnership [as with HTC to create the Nexus One] to help get Chrome OS […] off the ground?”

“We've talked about it. We have a reference spec for Chrome OS, we have a couple of hardware partners all lined up and the open source is all out there. It's on schedule and it will happen later this year. Let's see how well those partners do first. My guess is we won't need to. The PC industry is different from the phone industry. The PC industry is used to working with Microsoft, whereas the mobile industry was not used to working with software.”

Whilst not confirming or denying a Google Chrome OS computer, it’s worth noting that there has been little talk or rumors about such a device. The fact Google has even considered a Chrome OS device of their own is very interesting, if they have a specification and partners lined up for the OS then it should mean Google needn’t enter the market with their own device.

The subjects of Apple and how Google handles data was also brought up in the interview with Schmidt’s responding to how Google competes with Apple being a rather stark picture of how the company’s approaches differ with consumer offerings. "The difference between the Apple model and the Google model is easy to understand - they're completely different. The Google model is completely open. You can basically take the software - it's free - you can modify whatever you want, you can add any kind of app, you can build any kind of business model on top of it and you can add any kind of hardware. The Apple model is the inverse."

On the subject of how much data Google absorbs and how it looks after user's data, Schmidt was keen to tell the Telegraph that the company makes “decisions based on what the average user tells [them] and [they] do check”. When Google launched its Twitter-like service, Buzz earlier this year, they were widely criticized for the way users privacy was handled, however within days Google had added options to Buzz to allow users more control over their data and information.

Google has just released the latest version of Android named Froyo, which some device manufactures are already offering on their devices. Google plans to release Chrome OS and version 3.0 of Android later this year and the company is also rumored to be working on a social network to rival Facebook named Google Me and a music store to rival Apple’s iTunes Store and Microsoft’s Zune Marketplace.

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I can understand where they're coming from in a .. "the current hardware sucks. let's make a phone with the best processor, more ram, higher resolution. the others will follow" kind of way. Now you have Motorola Droid, Samsung Galaxy S, SE Xperia X10, Droid Incredible... etc.

And you can bet there will be a "with Google" HTC branded phone in the future that will kick ass, even if it isnt called the nexus too.

Gutted about no Nexus Two. I would snap one up. On the good side, surely this is a sign that Google will continue to push out major updates to the Neuxs One. So that means when my Desire doesn't get 3.0, I'll grab a Nexus One and get it on that

Singh400 said,
Gutted about no Nexus Two. I would snap one up. On the good side, surely this is a sign that Google will continue to push out major updates to the Neuxs One. So that means when my Desire doesn't get 3.0, I'll grab a Nexus One and get it on that

Or you could sell you're Desire now and get a N1 :-)

A shame Nexus Two aint a reality though, if I remember correctly the rumor was hardware-keyboard. Would really have loved that.

Singh400 said,
Gutted about no Nexus Two. I would snap one up. On the good side, surely this is a sign that Google will continue to push out major updates to the Neuxs One. So that means when my Desire doesn't get 3.0, I'll grab a Nexus One and get it on that

Desire will get Gingerbread for sure. If N1 gets upgraded, Desire will follow - one way (officially) or another (Cyanogen Mod)

Google "obviously" is over obsessed with the web browser which lead them to create the so call

Chrome OS.If the whole concept didn't bring any breakthrough don't see it will 100% blow away novice or savvy user!

LOL...i don't see why chrome os will have a fix price,basically all you doing is currently in front of your current os can do(web broswer),you expect osx/windows to be free dude?

IphoneMini said,
LOL...i don't see why chrome os will have a fix price,basically all you doing is currently in front of your current os can do(web broswer),you expect osx/windows to be free dude?

GNU/Linux is free as in beer as well as freedom.

"The decision not to produce a “Nexus Two” might also have been influenced by weaker sales than many expected of the original Google Nexus One."

Same as zune it was hardly available anywhere, those who parallel imported them costed a few bricks from the wallet so of course wouldn't have sold very well. If you cut your hands off then complain about not being able to pick stuff up well ... there's an obvious reason to that and it isn't the customers.

Yeah I've often wondered about that, I mean if you want people to buy your product then you should make it available for us all to buy. Surely these simple steps would sort it

1) Make a good phone
2) Release to all the networks at the same time
3) Profit

I can see chrome OS doing very well if marketed right, with the right partners and the right devices (read good price point).
I myself will not want it, although iif I could dual boot or run in VM then I'll play with it but I know a lot of people who this would be perfect for, never install apps, just use the browser, the kind of people that can screw a system up unintentionally even with only standard user permissions, the kind of user that keeps all the installer files on their desktop along with the app shortcut and never actually use the app (crap games, adobe reader updates etc etc).

This OS will give them a solid, fast, reliable and simple way to use the internet with no confusing bells and whistles - although the paradigm of cloud storage could add some confusion for them as I dont think they'll understand things like lag, upload speed and other things theyve never had to think about when using local storage.

I think google will know this though and will try to tackle that from the off, we will see.

Android is looking really sharp against the iphone and the WP7 but i don't know about chrome os its just not going to really cut it for me, the user interface seems so in closed for me. But good work for Google, who knew a company with a funny name could go so far in the market.

Doesn't looks like they need to make/design their own flagship phones anymore anyway. The Nexus One started up the Android engine that just won't stop.

Trong said,
Doesn't looks like they need to make/design their own flagship phones anymore anyway. The Nexus One started up the Android engine that just won't stop.

Yay a phone with software where for upgrades your dependent on the phone manufacturer, many of the older releases are not even going to upgrade to the recent release of android... so your pretty screwed.

Shadowzz said,

Yay a phone with software where for upgrades your dependent on the phone manufacturer, many of the older releases are not even going to upgrade to the recent release of android... so your pretty screwed.

You mean like how the iPhone's update is dependent on its manufacturer? Or how the Palm Pre/Pixi are dependent on their manufacturer? Or how Blackberry updates are dependent on their manufacturer?


Face it, the only OS updates that won't be dependent on the manufacturer is Windows Phone 7. And for most people, it's a non-issue.

Not only that, but you're already seeing this from Apple. 1st generation devices are done with the 2nd gen just barely clinging on with many missing features. And let's be real here, the only device that still gets the full OS update is a 1 year old 3GS.

What I'd love to see is an HTC competitor with great phones for power users. Definitely looking forward to their future products, sounds great.

amon91 said,
What I'd love to see is an HTC competitor with great phones for power users. Definitely looking forward to their future products, sounds great.

HTC is great, but after you bought it they don't care about you.
At least that was the case for Hero, with constant delays in "promised upgrades" to 2.1.

Would have been pretty cool to see what thign would have come up with for a nexus two but oh well. Wonder how the Chrome OS willl off igbe poplar will netbooks. I'm not a being fan of the Google Me social service because I don't think it would be fun anymore that you type someone name is google and you find everyone Most people google their name to see if they popular for anything like writing a story or something, with google me if it get popular everyone will be there.

Raa said,
Sounds like some good things on the horizon. I could be switching to Android early next year =)

You shouldn't wait, its awesome already!

Alastyr said,

You shouldn't wait, its awesome already!

LOL, no, you *should* wait, if you want Gingerbread. Too much refinement is on the way. Jumping in now just means you'll feel angry at your phone in six months.

Joshie said,

LOL, no, you *should* wait, if you want Gingerbread. Too much refinement is on the way. Jumping in now just means you'll feel angry at your phone in six months.

Depends which phone you get, if it's a cheap android phone then yes, if it's a Nexus One or any other phone with similar specs then no.