Alphabet’s Google to Fold Chrome Operating System Into Android

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Alphabet’s Google to Fold Chrome Operating System Into Android.

Google is merging its stripped-down Chrome operating system for affordable laptops into its Android software for mobile devices, a person familiar with the matter said.Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc., which has been mulling the future of minority stakes in four competitors, said it doesn’t currently plan to sell them because of depressed stock prices.China ended one of the most ambitious demographic experiments in human history, abandoning the limit of one child for most families to foster the population growth required by the world’s second-biggest economy.

The combined software will probably be previewed in 2016 and debut the following year, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the plan isn’t yet public. Introduced by Deng Xiaoping in 1979 to husband a then-impoverished nation’s scarce resources, the baby limit now threatens to undermine growth: the working-age population shrank last year for the first time in two decades and the cohort of senior citizens is projected to grow rapidly. The Journal reports that Chrome is essentially being folded into Android, because Android has emerged as the dominant operating system by quite a long stretch.

Quimica y Minera de Chile SA and Sinofert Holdings Ltd. have a value of about $4 billion, or $5 per share, Potash Corp. said Thursday in its third-quarter earnings report. “They all have publicly traded share prices and they are all equally affected by the economic downturn,” Chief Executive Officer Jochen Tilk said in a phone interview Thursday. “Timing may not be the best.” Tilk said in July he would consider selling the stakes while Potash Corp. sought to acquire German rival K+S AG. The Communist Party’s Central Committee’s decision to allow all couples to have two children was disclosed by the Xinhua news agency, citing a communique released at the end of a four-day party policy meeting in Beijing. The move represents a unification between two software platforms whose dividing line has blurred in recent years, as mobile phones take on more of the capabilities of traditional computers.

Combining the two operating systems means setting up Android to run on laptops and desktop computers, which would require big changes, as well as supporting the Google Play Store. The Canadian company, the largest fertilizer producer by market capitalization, abandoned the bid earlier this month, citing a lack of engagement from K+S and declines in commodity and equity markets. “Unless we believe they have strategic value or that we will expand on them in order to take over an asset, they could be considered for divestment,” Tilk said Thursday. “It’s all about timing in terms of what makes sense.” A previous effort to relax the policy fell well short of the goal of boosting births by 2 million a year. “It shows the party wants to take action as soon as possible, and shows there is no time to delay for China to modify its population policy,” said Wang Yukai, a professor at the Beijing-based Chinese Academy of Governance. “They couldn’t wait for the legislation to pass next year.

The leaders want the new policy now.” The changes are part of President Xi Jinping’s blueprint to manage the economy’s shift to slower, more balanced growth. This fall, Google introduced the Pixel C, a tablet running Android instead of Chrome (a first for the Pixel line), and made it obvious that Android was encroaching on Chrome OS territory.

The new five-year plan represents Xi’s best chance to implement social and economic reforms outlined since he took power in 2012 and avoid falling into the “middle-income trap” of stagnation. China is trying and complete its transition from a investment-and-export-dependent developing nation to a “moderately prosperous society” with an economy powered by services, consumers and innovation. Chrome OS, which shares roots with the Chrome browser, was developed in-house and was unveiled in 2009 as the company sought to embed its services into traditional computers.

At the time, Google’s Sundar Pichai (now Google’s CEO) called Chrome OS an “attempt to re-think what operating systems should be.” More, from Pichai: Google Chrome OS is a new project, separate from Android. While this is a major and somewhat surprising move — Chromebooks have been fairly successful and are a great low-cost computer option — it’s easy to see how Google got here. With this major change to Google’s product lineup, the company will reportedly sunset the Chrome OS and Chromebook name — but the “Chrome” browser isn’t going anywhere. The “one-child” policy, which limited couples to one or two children depending on ethnic background and where they live, was a cornerstone of late leader Deng’s effort to build an economy ruined by decades of war and the ideology-fueled reign of Communist Party founder Mao Zedong. Chief Executive Tim Cook said last month that combining them “subtracts from both, and you don’t get the best experience from either.” At Google, Android’s ascent and Chrome’s demise represent a big shift.

After decades of discouraging people from having children, the challenge is changing the mindset of potential parents worried about the costs of expanding their families. Only 1.1 million of the 11 million couples eligible to have second child under a previous policy relaxation in December 2013 applied for permission, according to Xinhua. More details are expected in coming days with the release of the draft plan, which won’t be completed until the national legislature approves it next year. The plan — a Soviet-style holdover of the centrally planned economy — guides China’s policies on everything from health care and family-planning to steel production and technology research. It also gives the leadership an opportunity to reassert its commitment to market-based reform after rescuing indebted local governments and a plunging stock market earlier in the year.

The plan would call for making China an Internet powerhouse and carrying out what it described as a nationwide “big-data strategy.” It emphasizes green growth and promoting Xi’s “One Belt , One Road” infrastructure and trade initiative. Davis said. “Android is so ubiquitous and so many people are used to using it.” Folding Chrome into Android also might help Google win more workplace customers for its productivity apps, such as Docs and Sheets, which would run more seamlessly across different devices.

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