Google’s Chrome OS Will Soon Combine With Android!
Google’s Chrome OS
Google plans on combining Android and Google’s Chrome OS within the next few years, a report from The Wall Street Journal claims. More precisely, Google is planning on folding Chrome OS into Android, killing off its laptop-specific mobile operating system in the process. The Wall Street Journal reports that the merger will happen in 2017 with the first specific details of the combined operating system to be released in 2016.
Google’s Chrome OS has always been something of a curiosity from Google. The operating system is completely Web-based, functioning almost entirely as a browser and cloud service than as a traditional operating system. Google pushes Chrome OS users to create and store documents in its Google Drive personal cloud as opposed to locally on the device and all of the apps on Chrome OS are Web applications that open in the browser. Chrome OS gave birth to a new category of laptop—known as Chromebooks—that tended to be cheap alternatives to Windows or Mac OS X devices. Chromebooks have seen some success in niche markets (especially education) but have less than 3% of the laptop market, per IDC.
Sundar Pichai, who’s now leading Google, was put in charge of both Chrome and Android two years ago, and he’s made moves to bring the two operating systems closer in that time. That includes adding support for Android apps inside of Chrome OS. Though support is still limited, some Android apps are up and running on Chromebooks. Google also revealed a convertible Android laptop last month, called the Pixel C. Now, it seems like that’s just an early sign of what’s to come.
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