You figure with the never number of online services coming out of the GoogleSphere, that a browser would be a no-brainer. Yet, Google has sat on the sidelines while supporting/financing Firefox as its browser proxy.
Now, there are reports (and I stress “reports”) Google is finally getting into the browser game with a project called Chrome. I’ll leave the nitty-gritty details to Google Blogoscoped but strategically this is a logical and smart move by Google.
If cloud computing is going to be how applications are offered, then the browser is the next OS. By having a browser, Google moves right into the core of cloud computing, along with Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, etc.
Mathew Ingram asks “Do We Need a Google browser? The answer is that we may not need a Google browser but I would argue Google needs a browser.
The bigger question is whether a Google browser will resonate with computers users. Many people are using an increasing number of Google services (search, GMail, Blogger, etc.) but are they ready to surrender to Google completely by dumping Firefox and IE?
BoomTown suggests Google is igniting a new browser war. Frankly, that’s an over-the-top statement because who knows whether the GBrowser will be the next GMail or the next Froogle.
If anything, Google is going to compel Mozilla, Microsoft, Apple and Opera to make better browsers. In that sense, Chrome is a good thing if, in fact, Chrome is legit as opposed to just another rumor being embraced by bloggers on a slow news holiday.
Update: So, Chrome is for real. As for why launch a browser now, here’s the word from Google:
So why are we launching Google Chrome? Because we believe we can add value for users and, at the same time, help drive innovation on the web.