Google all set to merge Chrome OS with Android
Some rather interesting news emerged recently, taking the world by surprise. The news was regarding the demise of Chrome OS demise as reported by many news channels and articles by computer scientists. The news however was of the merger of the two very best and widely accepted operating systems into one: Chrome OS and Android.
As presumptuous and rumored it sounded, it had to been taken seriously and required research and proof. This blog post aims to do so.
As reported by the Wall Street Journal, this merger is to take place in 2017 and is confirmed.
For those who haven’t ever heard of a Chromebox or tried a Chromebook, Google’s very own operating systems Chrome are a streamlined OS on the chrome browser to power out laptops and desktops.
Unlike Windows and Mac OS, chrome isn’t a full-fledged operating system. However, it offers excellent basic functionality for developers and users who are looking for a reliable and user-friendly PC without having to worry about security, malware, viruses and upgrades.
Is it the death of Chrome OS?
Google’s own spokesperson confirmed that they weren’t ditching Chrome OS and were going to keep it for an anticipated future and are still trying to pursue Chromebook partnerships mainly in the education sector. Although these assurances may only be a way to calm the fears and investments of potential partners, Chrome OS merged with Android is not such a bad idea after all, especially after the success and widespread acceptance of Android.
It’s a move that had been prefigured for the past couple of years. In fact, the company has been strategically preparing us with products like ASUS Chromebook Flip, to ensure our interest in the upcoming merger.
So you mean to say there will be 3 operating systems?
Not necessarily. There is possible likelihood, not certainty that there could be a third operating system other than chrome OS and Android which uses the best features of the both. Until now, goggle continues to maintain a demarcation between its two present operating systems. The Chrome OS is designed to suit the needs of traditional PC like devices and laptops, whereas Android caters to lower-powered devices like Smartphones, tablets, watches and TVS etc.
Wall Street Journal also claimed that Google plans to rename its Chromebook notebook computers too, a recent hit in the market, after they introduce the new version of Android. The new name form Chromebook however, hasn’t been determined or decided yet. It is hoped that the Google will retain the Chrome name apparently and open a source version of Chrome OS, which can be used by other PC makers.
Has it ever been done before?
Yes indeed. Microsoft did it by merging its desktops and mobile platforms making them compatible with its latest and final version Windows 10. The reason for this merger was to streamline user experience equally on all Windows devices. Developers of Microsoft were also provided with tools to develop universal apps to run on Windows 10 operating systems be it a PC or Smartphone.
Although no there is no clear statement has been issued by Google yet on this issue, some IT specialists and analysts claim that Google is planning to roll out both of these two projects together in order to develop a hybrid mobile platform. Only time will tell whether Google’s commitment to chrome OS is for forever or not.