Android vs Chrome OS
Google (GOOG) has made some significant announcements pertaining to Android and its Chrome OS as the year comes to a close, but it’s still unclear how the two will relate to each other. Given Google’s desire to dominate as many angles of its web-based and mobile platforms as possible, it’s certain they’ll somehow be integrated together, but a FriendFeed thread from Gmail creator, Paul Buchheit, indicates that Android will win out in the end.
It’s only a prediction (from a knowing source), but it certainly offers some insight as to how Google may play out its platform efforts in the end. Defaulting to an Android takeover would place a heavy emphasis on Google’s mobile goals, relying heavily on Android’s ability to adhere many of Google’s other applications (Google Voice, for instance, has recently been updated for personalized speech learning). For tablets in particular, this may be a promising outlook for enhanced functionality around Android as a mobile platform.
T-Mobile slashes tablet prices
Needless to say, Android’s earliest tablets have yet to reach the impact as Apple’s iPad. T-Mobile (DTEGY.PK) is especially suffering, or so it would seem—the carrier has dropped prices on the Samsung (005930.KS) Galaxy Tab, from $550 to $350. This makes it one of the least expensive sellers on the market, though other carriers haven’t been so eager to drop the Tab’s price tag. Sure it’s the holidays, but an early price cut at this stage is more indicative of troubles at T-Mobile. Samsung has been rather boastful of its tablet sales, which surpassed one million earlier this month.
App updates and video chat
In other industry news, we have several updates on popular apps, and a new video chat tool as well. Facebook’s latest upgrade includes chat for its social networking Android app, while Evernote has become more action-oriented with to-do lists and advanced searches. OoVoo is new to Android, with a video chat tool to take on Qik and Fring, making for a growing sector in video chat services enabling Android to rival Apple’s (AAPL) Face Time.