Google Isn’t Folding Chrome OS After All

Don’t believe everything you read online…

Last week, the WSJ and damn near every tech publication (including this site) reported that Google was considering folding Chrome OS into Android come 2017.

Turns out, that isn’t the case.

Google went on a PR spree today to put a rest to the rumors—which included a post on the Chrome OS blog with the definitive title “Chrome OS Is Here To Stay”. The post, by Hiroshi Lockheimer (SVP of Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast), highlights Google’s plans to work to bring “the best of Chrome OS and Android together”, in addition to the coming release of the Asus Chromebit—an $85 device that turns any display into a desktop computer. 

Google has been working for some time to bring more Android apps to Chrome OS; a move seen by some to support the WSJ‘s report that the two would merge into one. Google also wouldn’t have been setting a precedent by folding Chrome OS into it’s mobile platform, as Microsoft has already done this with Windows 10. Then, there was Sergey Brin’s own words at the time of Chrome OS’ release; the Google co-founder claimed that he believed, some day, the two operating systems would converge.

For the time being, at least, that won’t be the case. Google has “dozens” of Chromebooks, featuring Chrome OS, planned for distribution in 2016.

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