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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


November 24, 2009, 1:57 pm

"Chrome is designed for computers, Android for phones"

Actually I think it would be more accurate to say Chrome is designed for the cloud, Android for apps.

I don't see how they can merge as the are like the opposites.


November 24, 2009, 5:37 pm

It's obvious that the lines between computers and phones are blurring, but there will always be differences that set them apart. Most notable is the size of the screen. As long as phones lack full size displays, there will always be fundamental differences between the two. Since I have no desire to stick a 22" display in my pocket, I don't see that changing.

The screen size affects how we control the device, how information is displayed and also what we can expect to plausibly achieve with that device. I suppose it's possible that phones and PCs might have a more common platform in future, but as long as the interfaces are so fundamentally different, does this really make much difference to the user? They will still appear to be two quite different platforms, even if they're actually both Chrome.


November 24, 2009, 7:28 pm

Hmmm... I don't read anywhere in the article any validation of the definitive statement that Google WILL indeed merge Chrome OS with Android. The article title, as stated, is rather specious.


November 24, 2009, 8:47 pm

@richbl - it's simple: Google says phones will merge with computers. It therefore needs to plan for the two platforms to converge.

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