Ryan starts off Chrome OS talk by announcing that one of the gdgt’s engineers compiled the developer code preview, placed it into a VMware virtual machine, and made it available on their site. Beyond that, Ryan is mostly unexcited about the OS considering its not much more than a browser. In his characteristic optimism, Peter notes that this is Google really throwing its weight behind their own OS, which is exciting enough to begin with.
Sony seems to be interested in making a digital distribution storefront similar to iTunes and both of the guys agree that it’s a totally useless idea, especially when considering the multitude of different branches of the Sony media empire and past failures in similar software projects.
Ryan seems totally impressed with the HTC HD2 and its implementation of Windows Mobile 6.5. Peter attributes its success mostly to the fact that it skips over most of the core 6.5 device deficiencies by having a large screen, customized HTC interface, and fast processor. The guys discuss Barnes & Noble Nook briefly and close out the show talking about Nokia’s turn to Maemo as it’s primary smartphone platform rather than Symbian.
Covered news and topics: Chrome OS, Sony Online media store, Barnes & Noble Nook, HTC HD2, AT&T failed suit against Verizon, Maemo
Well, if you haven’t already heard, Chrome OS is finally public! And hey, even if it won’t really be available for consumer use for another year, we’ve already got a public preview of Chrome OS for download! We also got word that Sony’s also looking at building an iTunes-like media store, Barnes & Noble’s sold out of the nook this holiday season, AT&T lost its injunction against Verizon’s ads, and Nokia’s move to Maemo on its flagship devices. Oh, and if you’re thinking about an HTC HD2, and definitely listen in for our hands-on this week.
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