There has been a slight confusion over the last few days when news of Chrome OS merging with Android was circulating around social media. Google explains that it is planning on bringing the best of both operating systems, but it doesn’t mean Chrome OS is no more.
It doesn’t seem likely that Google would fold Chrome OS into Android in the first place. Chrome OS has a different purpose altogether, not to mention a different target group of users. On the other hand, Android is catered to mobile users.
Launched six years ago, Chrome OS and Chromebook have definitely come a long way. In schools, more than two million teachers as well as students from more than 150 countries have the ‘Share to Classroom’ extension installed on their Chromebooks. The extension gets students onto the same webpage simultaneously. Other than that, companies like Netflix, Starbucks and even Google are also using Chromebooks because of its ease of deployment and security measures.
The company is planning on making certain features available from one OS in another, but it doesn’t mean it will be merging them into one. Take Apps Runtime on Chrome (ARC) for example, it lets Chrome OS users run Android apps on their Chromebooks.
Google stands firm on Chrome OS and assures users that it is here to stay and will continue to grow.
(Source: Google Chrome Blog)