WSJ: By 2017, Google will make Chrome OS part of Android
posted by Alan F. / Oct 29, 2015, 5:55 PM
Google has been already working on the project for a couple of years. Since the OS will also run on PCs, it will give desktop users the opportunity to install apps from the Google Play Store. Those familiar with Google's intentions, say that the Alphabet subsidiary wants to get its revenue producing apps like Google Search and YouTube on to as many different devices as possible.
Google's Chrome browser will keep its name, but the Chromebooks line will receive a new one. Google actually tipped off that the end of Chrome was in the works when it released an Android powered tablet last month called the Pixel C. Previous Pixel branded devices were powered by Chrome. In addition, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said during a conference call last week that "mobile as a computing paradigm is eventually going to blend with what we think of as desktop today." Back in 2009, Pichai was at the forefront of Chrome's development.
Combining Chrome and Android will not be a snap, according to some sources. Both can trace their roots to Linux, but after that both Chrome and Android are quite different.
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I prefer that they keep them separate. Some companies and school already invested heavily on chrome OS.
posted on Oct 29, 2015, 6:00 PM 0
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I think merging them is a great idea. This will make Chrome OS a more mature OS worth considering because of the plethora of apps already present on Android. Its also a good move for Google because they could compete with Microsoft in the use-your-phone-as-PC area. Imagine plugging your android phone into a monitor and you're allowed to use a full blown Chrome OS.
posted on Oct 29, 2015, 8:26 PM 0
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Nice! Sounds like what MS did with Windows 10 I hope Google still updates their new OS every 6 weeks like Chromebooks right now Hopefully there's a mod framework for OEM changes I wonder what this means for next year's Nexuses
posted on Oct 29, 2015, 6:14 PM 5
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Do I smell dock integration like the new windows 10 mobile for the nexus line coming up?
posted on Oct 29, 2015, 6:33 PM 2
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Motorola had something like that in the past Google sold Motorola to Lenovo, but kept Motorola's Advanced Technology and Projects group and merged them into their ATAP team So maybe Google's ATAP team have been working on this behind closed doors?
posted on Oct 29, 2015, 8:10 PM 0
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It is not happening The Verge says. I'm sure Google would love to do this but it will be too much work, Microsoft took many years to get one OS off the ground. Its funny how times have changed, Apple and Google have fallen behind while Microsoft is innovating.
posted on Oct 29, 2015, 7:04 PM 1
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"Its funny how times have changed, Apple and Google have fallen behind while Microsoft is innovating." ? Apple I could understand...but Google? ? MS took many years to get one OS off the ground and fell so far behind Apple and Google in the mobile OS market. Both Apple and Google were new kids on the block...so it shouldnt have happened.
posted on Oct 29, 2015, 7:17 PM 6
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As an owner of a Chromebook and a Nexus 4, I hope there will be simpler syncing of things between the two devices. Sometimes things work and sometimes things don't. I also would love an app that would give me the ability to edit videos with no restrictions or limitations. Not digging any of the current apps. I do love everything else about Chrome OS - the speed, reliability, security, and the UI. I hope that much Google keeps the same!
posted on Oct 29, 2015, 6:33 PM 1
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Sounds like Google is preparing to take the fight to Microsoft on its "home turf", which is the PC market. This could prove to be very interesting....
posted on Oct 29, 2015, 6:43 PM 1
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They're not gonna make a dent to competing desktop OS's. MS and Apple will continue being the dominant one. If there's a new OS which will gain market, it will probably be a non-Linux open source OS.
posted on Oct 29, 2015, 8:03 PM 3
Lol Google has no clue what they want to do. They tried something similar with Honeycomb and they ended up folding it into Ice Cream Sandwich. I can understand wanting to keep unity but why not make them compatible but still separate like Apple does with OSX and iOS?
posted on Oct 29, 2015, 7:02 PM 2
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If Google is going to integrate the 2 they should replace Android with Chrome OS but integrate the App side of Android. As far as I am concerned Android is a great OS but it just gets way too laggy overtime if you install heaps of apps where chrome OS is so stable. I think if Google want stability they have to make it closed source.
posted on Oct 30, 2015, 6:59 AM 0
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