I’ve just had an insight. Maybe it’s because this is a slow news day and I’m grasping at straws here, or maybe it’s just a valid thought. Who knows, right? Here’s a trivial question for you : why is there no Bitcoin client for Chrome OS?
Yes yes, I know, Chrome OS is a niche market, and hardly anyone uses it. Well, I’m using it right now to type these articles for you guys. Chromebooks are fun to use, as they are lightweight, cheap, good quality and they run incredibly smooth.
Basically, Chrome OS has all the properties to be the most efficient Bitcoin operating system, except for mobile, wouldn’t you agree? And I know there are web wallets out there, but that’s not what I’m talking about.
Chrome OS isn’t too popular at this point in time, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be. You have Chromebooks, but also Chromeboxes, which are a perfectly fine desktop pc replacement for quite a lot of people out there.
We have working Bitcoin clients for Windows, LInux, Android, iOS and Mac OS. You could argue that Mac OS is at the same popularity with Chrome OS, as both are very niche markets when you think along the lines of Bitcoin users.
Dual booting Linux next to ChromeOS is an option too, I know that. And I’ve managed to do s, because I am tech-savvy. But for the regular people who have a Chrome OS device as their computer, who aren’t interesting in booting Linux on their machine, what options do they have?
The biggest issue with getting a working Bitcoin client for Chrome OS is the fact that Chrome OS doesn’t run Java. I’m no developer, but I’m sure there would be a way to circumvent this problem in some fashion?
If we want Bitcoin to become more mainstream, I do think we need a desktop Chrome OS Bitcoin client. What do you guys think? Is the platform too niche in order to justify development time and costs? Or is it an avenue worth exploring?