Google says it is working to bring the best of Android and the Chrome OS together, but says the web-based desktop OS is going nowhere.
Reports last week claimed the company is working on a merging of the two brands into a one-size fits all OS.
That had led to speculation the Chrome OS, which features on the company’s Chromebooks, could be fed to the lions.
However, in a blog post on Monday Hiroshi Lockheimer, the SVP Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast said: “Over the last few days, there’s been some confusion about the future of Chrome OS and Chromebooks based on speculation that Chrome OS will be folded into Android.
“While we’ve been working on ways to bring together the best of both operating systems, there's no plan to phase out Chrome OS.”
Lockheimer goes onto say Google has big plans to release new features for the Chrome OS and tells us to expected dozens of new Chromebooks next year.
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He also points out the Chromebook category is now the best-selling laptop on Amazon.
He adds: “There’s more to do. We have plans to release even more features for Chrome OS, such as a new media player, a visual refresh based on Material Design, improved performance, and of course, a continued focus on security.”
While the comments seem to cement the Chrome OS’ future as a going concern at Google, the prospect of a hybrid OS is interesting.
Which Android features would you like to see gravitate to the Chrome OS?
And what from the laptop OS would you like to see on Android phones and tablets?
Share your thoughts in the comments below.