But support for Native Client on such mobile platforms as Google's Android or Apple's iOS is not on the drawing board anytime soon. "We're really focused on the Web right now; that means the places where Chrome runs," Chen says. In essence, Native Client is for Chrome on PCs and laptops for the time being.
Hmm, Sun faced that same issue of needing competitors' support -- and enjoyed mixed success getting it.
Native Client, though, again proves that Google is an interesting company to watch -- not bad for a company that cut its teeth as a mere search engine vendor.
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