Google plans to combine Chrome and Android, report says

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Alphabet Edges Toward Settling the Android or Chrome Question.

Google plans to merge Chrome OS, the operating system that runs on Chromebooks, and Android, according to a new report in The Wall Street Journal. Engineers at the company have been working on the project for a couple of years already, the report said, which Google GOOG 0.56% plans to unveil next year and make publicly available in 2017. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 23.72 points to 17,755.80, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index dipped 0.94 points to 2,089.41 and the Nasdaq composite sank 21.42 points to 5,074.27. (Associated Press) European equities have dipped after the U.S.

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. Android, which Google acquired in 2005, is the most widely used mobile operating system, powering more than 1 billion smartphones and other devices globally. Federal Reserve hinted at a potential December interest rate rise, sparking fresh investor uncertainty. (AFP News) Gold dropped to the lowest in more than two weeks after the Federal Reserve signaled an increase in interest rates is still on the table for this year. (Bloomberg News) Starbucks delivered another quarter of sales gains as more customers visited its stores worldwide. 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.

Chrome, on the other hand, was developed in-house for Google’s lightweight laptops, called Chromebooks, and is mostly focused on browser-based applications. This new operating system will also run on PCs, according to the report, so people will be able to access Google’s Play Store and other content offerings from laptops and other computers. Chromebooks will get a new name, but Chrome will still be the name of Google’s Internet browser which runs on both personal computers and mobile devices.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai told analysts on the third-quarter earnings call last week that “mobile as a computing paradigm is eventually going to blend with what we think of as desktop today.” Google has said it’s easier to share knowledge now that the two teams, Chrome and Android, are working closely together and developing cross-platform features such as unlocking a Chromebook using an Android phone. This follows in the footsteps of Microsoft MSFT -1.15% , which has created version of its Windows 10 operating system for both computers and its mobile devices. Its development was led by an executive named Andy Rubin, who went on to lead much of the company’s robotics efforts before leaving Google last year. 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. The fact that Google’s team behind one of the most premium Chromebooks designed a new Android tablet could be seen as a sign the company is changing the way they think about Android and Chrome.

Rebranding these devices, which tend to be cheaper than most laptops and premium tablets, under the Android name could stand to attract more users to the platform.

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