Are Google Chrome OS and Android Destined to Converge?

November 25, 2009
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A lot of you probably saw this one coming, I mean, after all, what is the point of having two separate OSes for almost all the same devices. Unless Google wants to go all out with Chrome OS into computers and Android for mobile devices only.

Google’s execs have agreeing that Chrome OS and the Android platform have “a great deal of commonality” and “may merge even closer.” And now Sergey Brin, one of Google’s founders, has told reporters - after last week’s Chrome OS reveal - that “Android and Chrome will likely converge over time”.

Brin also said: “A subsequent version of Android is going to pick up a lot of the Chrome stack. My guess is we’ll have ‘Chrome Lite’ or something similar.” He cited among other things, the common Linux and Webkit code base present in both projects. But Google's Sundar Pichai, Vice President, Product Management, said in his presentation:

We're reaching a perfect storm of converging trends where computers are behaving more like mobile devices, and phones are behaving more like small computers. Having two open source operating systems from Google provides both users and device manufacturers with more choice and helps contribute a wealth of new code to the open source community.

That last statement from Google was in response to questions about how and when the two projects would merge. Seems like they wanted to downplay Brin's statement. What do you think, do you like the idea of merging both projects? Let us know in the comments.

[Via SlashGear]


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