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Google Will Merge Chrome OS & Android

Gordon Kelly


Google Will Merge Chrome OS & Android

While there is a lot of scepticism about Google's Chrome OS, perhaps one of the biggest talking points is how it will evolve alongside the ever-improving Android mobile platform. Thankfully Google co-founder Sergey Brin has now given us some insight...

Speaking to CNet, Brin said: "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."

You what?! Yep, it's horribly convoluted but in a nutshell what Brin is saying is it's all about convergence. Mobile phones are increasingly like small computers (I'd say they already are small computers) and they will eventually merge. Consequently the two platforms will inevitably have to merge.

Who will win? The answer should be obvious: Chrome is designed for computers, Android for phones - phones are becoming computers so Chrome will win through. That said, there is likely to be a role for Android for many years to come in (what will in the future be) less powerful handsets.

For once however I don't think Google has a strong roadmap. Brin's statement is hedging its bets and by Google covering smartphone and PC platforms it has both angles covered. Kinda...


via CNet

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