Rumors have been around for awhile that Chrome OS and Android would merge. After all, they are pretty similar, especially now that Android apps work on Chrome OS. But according to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the two operating systems could merge completely by 2017.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Google has actually been working on a possible merger for a few years or so. According to the WSJ:
“Alphabet Inc.’s Google plans to fold its Chrome operating system for personal computers into its Android mobile-operating system, according to people familiar with the matter, a sign of the growing dominance of mobile computing.
Google engineers have been working for roughly two years to combine the operating systems and have made progress recently, two of the people said. The company plans to unveil its new, single operating system in 2017, but expects to show off an early version next year, one of the people said.”
Also according to the report, the combined operating system would also run on PCs, so services such as Google Play could be ported over with apps and other content along with it. Chromebooks would stick around, albeit under a different name. Google Chrome itself would keep the name.
If the timeline in the report is to be believed, then it’s possible that Google has been working on this since CEO Sundar Pichai began to manage Android in 2013. He joined Google back in 2004 and helped create both the Chrome browser and Chrome OS in 2008 and 2009, respectively. After taking control over Android as well in 2013 from its creator Andy Rubin, he then became CEO of Google after the restructuring of Google to be a subsidiary of Alphabet earlier this year.
So what do you think of both Android and Chrome OS merging? Would you like to see a Windows 10 style approach or would you prefer to see it remain the same?