7 Reasons Android will never merge with Chrome OS

The rumor was everywhere earlier this month about a purported Google's plan to merge Android with Chrome OS, and thereby face-out the later. The WSJ report claimed the Android/Chrome OS merger would happen in 2016, with Google set to launch new devices running the combined OSes in 2017.

While the Chromebook, the foster child of Chrome OS would ostensibly be subjected to an early death according to the report.

Lockheimer, SVP Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast has cleared the air refuting the report in its entirety, maintaining unequivocally that Android and Chrome OS will remain two separate products, and that Chromebooks aren't going away anytime soon.

What are the 7 Reasons Android will never merge with Chrome OS?

  1. Android caters for smartphone and tablet devices
  2. Chrome OS is mainly for netbooks and other lightweight computers
  3. Chrome OS is designed to work with "keyboard-based" platforms
  4. Android is optimized for all things touch
  5. Chrome OS is first Cloud
  6. Android is app-centric
  7. Security is fundamental for Chrome OS


Additionally, Chrome OS is built to run entirely off the Internet, and won't allow you to install programs or store any data locally; instead, all apps will run from the Web - with preferences and settings stored online.

Google, however, hinted that Chrome OS may eventually reach other platforms - like tablets and TVs, with a possible convergence of Android and Chrome OS. Albeit, Google is working on bringing the best features of Chrome OS and Android together, they will ever remain two distinct products.
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