Google Might Not Merge Android And Chrome After All

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Chrome OS to be merged with Android, says report.

plans to merge its Chrome OS for laptops with Android, says a report in the Wall Street Journal, which quotes people who are familiar with the company’s plans. According to the report, engineers have been working on the plan for the last two years and the new single OS will be launched in 2017, although an early build could be revealed by next year. 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.

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. Interestingly, Chrome, Chromecast and Android’s senior VP Hiroshi Lockheimer took to Twitter after the report and said that the company is seeing a “ton of momentum for Chromebooks” and that they are still “very committed to Chrome OS.” Chrome OS currently runs on Google’s Internet-connected laptops and offers a more web-browser based experience for computing. And evidently, given the rise of Android, and the limitation with Chrome OS, Google is considering a move to merge the two forks and roll out a single operating system by 2017.

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. A merged strategy would result in a more efficient operating system that focusses on the larger spectrum of device form factors from mobile phones, smartphones, phablets, tablets, hybrid 2-in-1s and laptops, and also larger screens such as smart TVs that are already powered by Android. The WSJ report says that the “move is a long-awaited recognition that the different computing approaches embodied by Android and Chrome are no longer relevant to Google.” Another report on The Verge, which also says that Chrome and Android will merge, quotes a Google spokesperson as saying that there is no Chrome OS kill-off being planned.

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