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Google has no plans to join Chrome OS and Android

Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says that the two branches will remain separate while having more overlap

Ever since Sundar Pichai was named the successor to Andy Rubin as the Head of Android at Google, rumors have been swirling about a merger between Android and Chrome OS. Sadly that doesn't appear to be the case, and chairman Eric Schmidt recently took to dispelling these rumors.

In speaking with fans at Google's Big Tent Event in India, Google's Executive Chairman stated that Chrome OS and Android will remain separate because "they solve different problems". Schmidt did, however, state that there will be more overlap between the two operating systems, and that neither platform would be abandoned in the near future.

Joining Android and Chrome OS has always been viewed as a possibility by onlookers, but the actual implementation is easier said than done. For starters, Chrome OS has yet to gain enough of an audience to prove itself useful, and has only been adopted by a handful of companies. On the other hand, Android has managed to seamlessly bridge the gap between tablet and smartphone, while carving out a market share that Google might not want to disturb.


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Omar Qudsi, 2013-03-22 (Update: 2013-03-22)