This has not yet been made public, but internal sources reveal that Google, under parent company Alphabet, plans to incorporate its computer Chrome OS into its Android mobile OS, something analysts say mean that mobile computing is taking center-stage.
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Engineers at Google have been working silently for two years to merge the operating systems of both Chrome and Android together, and the complete result will be unveiled in 2017, even though an early version of the product might be shown off in 2016.
Android is obviously the most used operating system in the world, and it powers over one billion mobile phones and other related mobile devices. Chrome OS is largely used for Chromebooks, laptops and occupy less than 3% of the PC market. Meanwhile, Google had experimented with both Chrome OS and Android OS and on various devices to see the one that will win most with people – in term of mobile device and app download and usage.
At the moment, Android has been used to power not only mobile devices, but also TVs, car infotainment systems, watches, tablets among others, with more users continuing to fall in love with the operating system because of its flexibility to most devices.
Users using the newly combined Chrome and Android will have access to Google’s Play store, where over one million apps are available for download. What the new name for Chrome will be remains unknown, but it will still be functional for internet browsing while remaining as an open source operating system to allow other companies to exploit it.
Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO said recently that “mobile as a computing paradigm is eventually going to blend with what we think of as desktop today.” He led the team that developed Chrome in 2009.
Another problem with Chrome is that not many apps are available for it since many developers do not write apps for the OS, believing the number of people using it is small.
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“Right now we don’t have strong interest in developing for Chrome OS. The market size is relatively small,” said Alex Davis, an engineering manager who works on app development at home-sharing service Airbnb. But changing to Android is “probably the right move for Google. Android is so ubiquitous and so many people are used to using it.”