WSJ: By 2017, Google will make Chrome OS part of Android

WSJ: By 2017, Google will make Chrome OS part of Android
According to a report published today by the Wall Street Journal, Google plans on having Android swallow up its operating system for PCs, Chrome OS. The single operating system that results from the combination of Android and Chrome OS won't be released until 2017. However, today's report says that an early version of the combined platform will be shown off sometime next year.

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.
 
source: WSJ

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24 Comments

1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I prefer that they keep them separate. Some companies and school already invested heavily on chrome OS.

18. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

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.

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5645; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

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

4. thowersome

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Do I smell dock integration like the new windows 10 mobile for the nexus line coming up?

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5645; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

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?

17. thowersome

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Most probably

10. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

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.

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"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.

12. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I think he's talking about the desktop market.

24. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

In that case....I can see his point.

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5645; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The Verge dont know s**t about Google Google's already been working on it for the past few years I have my doubts too, but who knows

3. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

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!

5. Furbal unregistered

Looking forward to an android phone that when docked turns into chromeos (or any screen larger than 8inches), with full app compatibility.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 21578; Member since: May 28, 2014

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....

14. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 21578; Member since: May 28, 2014

More like MS will continue to dominate. Apple has a pretty niche market on PC's compared to Microsoft.

7. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

I wouldn't run chrome OS on a desktop or laptop if someone paid me. Holy crap that's a worthless productivity OS.

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Haha, I wouldn't dream of solely running that bastardized OS on my Desktop/Laptop/Tablet in it's current state. As an emulator in Windows, sure, already do that.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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?

19. Arthurhkt

Posts: 721; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

If Google want to do this right, hopefully once they combine both OS, these update will push to the older Chromebook. Not just left those poor guy behind their back.

20. brasstax

Posts: 540; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Cool... Bring it on..!! I can't wait to install android apps from the play store and run them on my PC normally. Asphalt 8 on my 27" monitor... Yummy!!!

21. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

No elephants in the room worth mentioning?

22. yyzamin

Posts: 379; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

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.

23. tokuzumi

Posts: 1843; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

When Google released Chrome OS, I asked myself "why?" I knew it was a matter of time before ChromeOS merged into Android.

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