Chrome OS Still Looking For Reason to Live

Google I/O has been a bit unexciting thus far. Some of thepresentations have been unbearable.

The presenters need to stop pausing, smug look on their face,awaiting applause that often comes in a sympathetic, forcedfashion. Adopt the TED model and simply keep going. Ifpeople are impressed they are impressed, and the forced socialproof isn’t necessary, giving a greasy, canned-laugher feel to thewhole thing.

And of course the most rousing applause was for the freebieGalaxy Tab 10.1. And then again for the freebie Chrome OS netbook.A sort of exultation that is pretty bizarre from a group ofwell-paid attendees. Google needs to eliminate thegive aways far in advance of next year’s I/O. It is underminingthe event. What does Apple give away at the WWDC Nothing, as faras I’m aware.

Many of the presentations have been, in my mind, disasters. If Ihad to distill the presentations to one word, it would be this:Lag.

When they demoed the tablet controlling physical balance boards,it had pronounced, laughable lag that was impossible to not notice.When they demoed the exercise bicycle updating an Android app, ithad pronounced lag, jerkily jinking up and down in a clearlyunplayable fashion. When they showed Angry Birds running on agrotesquely overpowered for the job PC, it again had pronouncedlag.

In the latter two cases the cover story was a joke about how bada player the victim was.

And then there’s ChromeOS — The operating system that hasabsolutely no reason to exist. The slowly evolving platform that isthe reason that Android suffered, relegated officially to just thesmartphone ghetto until the industry inertia overcame Google’sreticence.

I don’t see ChromeOS going very far. Google may wow everyonewith new hardware models that really upset the industry, but I’mnot feeling it. Again it’s paying more for a far less capable platform. Not a gooddeal.