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Google denies reports that it will fold Chrome OS into Android

  • Google has denied the
    veracity of a report that states the company will fold its Chrome OS for
    laptops and desktop computers into its Android mobile operating.
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    • Google has denied the
      veracity of a report that states the company will fold its Chrome OS for
      laptops and desktop computers into its Android mobile operating.
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    • The Wall Street Journal had reported that
      Google plans to merge the two operating systems into one single system in 2017,
      used across smartphones, tablets, laptops and computers. A later report
      suggested that Google will make Android available for computers.
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    • Google’s smartphones
      and tablets run Android, while its Chromebooks run Chrome OS, a cut-down
      version of Linux that runs the company’s Chrome browser relying on web apps and
      a few select Android apps.
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    • “There’s a ton of
      momentum for Chromebooks and we are very committed to Chrome OS. I just bought two
      for my kids for schoolwork,” Hiroshi Lockheimer, head of Android, Chrome OS
      and Chromecast at Google, was quoted as saying by the
      Guardian.
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    • The company has made
      moves to make the two operating systems more integrated, providing more desktop
      Chrome features for the Android version of Google’s Chrome browser, while
      adding features such as Google Now and support for a select number of Android
      apps on Chrome OS.
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    • Google’s Chromecast
      streaming media adapters also run a version of Android, further blurring the
      lines between Chrome and Android.
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    • Both systems are
      based on Linux. It would make sense as the basal level to allow both systems to
      share one underlying codebase. It is likely that Google could create a Chrome
      OS experience on top of an Android base.
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    • Many have speculated
      for years that Chrome OS and Android would merge. Google’s launch of an Android
      tablet, the Pixel C, which has a heavy focus on productivity with a keyboard
      accessory that turns it into a laptop analogue also saw speculation that Google
      would phase out Chrome OS.
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    • The Chrome OS
      operating system has found success in schools running on low-cost but capable
      laptops for which its apparent immunity to malware and simple setup and
      management are suited.
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    • For now, Google says
      that it is committed to Chrome OS and it is likely Android and Chrome OS will
      co-exist with tighter integration between the two for the foreseeable future.

     

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