NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The biggest smartphone technology event in a decade may be just one year away. Google (GOOG - Get Report) appears to be working hard to replace Android with its current PC desktop/laptop operating system, Chrome OS -- commonly referred to as "Chromebook" and "Chromebox" products.These new smartphones and tablets would be called "Chromephones" and "Chromepads." The Chromephones would launch around the middle of 2014.
2. Business model and industry structure: Everyone knows Android has become sort of a mess. Google would never admit it, because it's largely its own fault. They would say that Android is 100% open, so of course, there will be massive fragmentation -- Amazon (AMZN), Samsung, Facebook (FB - Get Report) -- because everyone is free to modify Android any way they want. That's all true, but behind that happy-face facade, Google also isn't happy with this situation. Just contrast it with Chrome OS, where Google is in 100% control, and every device is 100% consistent from one PC to the next. It doesn't matter whether it's Acer, Samsung, Lenovo or HP (HPQ) -- they are all identical in terms of the software. Speaking of software, all Chrome OS devices get updates simultaneously, right away. Google pushes these software updates, and there is nothing Samsung, Acer, Lenovo or HP can do about it -- to stop or delay. Even better, there is nothing Verizon (VZ) can do about it, either. Google is in 100% control.