Google is definitely taking the Netbook space seriously.
Netbooks are great for their portability but running Windows XP on it with limited hardware resources can be really painful.
Google recognizes this and recently announced the open source Google Chrome OS aimed squarely at Netbooks. It is an extension of its Mobile OS platform – Android to Netbooks.
Google Chrome OS is nothing but the current Chrome browser running inside a new windowing system on top of a linux kernel. While Android cannot run on x86 architecture, Google Chrome OS.
Taking this vision farther, Google is also getting into optimizing their web applications for Netbooks as well. Starting with their most popular web app – Gmail.
Netbooks are limited with their screen real estate. If you are used to applying labels to your emails via filters in Gmail, you would see your email like the below screenshots. You can hardly see the email subject lines.
No worries. Gmail Labs has a feature that you can turn on right now – “Remove Labels from subjects” that lets you see the subject lines clearly. Just go to Labs section under Settings and turn this feature on.
Reading your Gmail messages in your Netbooks just became easier!
I am happy with using a laptop and an iPhone 3GS for my computing needs. My particular workstyle doesn’t require a Netbook but I can see how it can be immensely useful for a person on the go.
I don’t consider myself a Google fanboy but it’s hard to ignore when then clearly take a step in the right direction. Wouldn’t you agree?