Google plans to merge Android and Chrome OS
The Wall Street Journal has recently published a report that Alphabet Inc.’s Google plans to merge Android and Chrome OS.
According to WSJ’s sources, Google will merge the two operating systems into one operating system. Android, being the most widely used mobile OS, will still be the main operating system but will receive Chrome OS features. The result is a new Android version that will run on PCs and laptops with access to the Google Play Store.
Google might have given a hint of this plan back in September when it announced the Pixel C – a productivity-centric tablet with a detachable keyboard that runs on Android Marshmallow instead of Chrome OS.
WSJ says that Google enginieers have been working on combining the two operating systems for two years now. The new OS is expected to be unveiled in 2017 but plans to show an early version in 2016.