The marriage between Chrome OS and Android has been rumored for years, with recent reports stating that the two operating systems could combine by the year 2017. Although the plan seems feasible, Google claims it’s not happening anytime soon.
In a recent post on the official Google Chrome Blog, SVP of Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast Hiroshi Lockheimer says that while the company has been working on ways to bring together the best of the two operating systems, Google has “no plans to phase out Chrome OS.”
There's still much more to do
Lockheimer says there’s still more to do with Chrome OS. Google has plans to release more features to the OS such as a new media player, a Material Design visual refresh, improved performance and more security features. “With our regular six-week software cycle and guaranteed auto-updates for five years, Chromebooks keep getting better over time,” says Lockheimer.
Even though Google may not have immediate plans to fold Chrome OS into Android, we’ll definitely continue to see more and more features of Android make their way to Chrome OS, and vice versa. Recently, Google brought Android applications to Chrome OS via the ARC Welder tool. The company even recently launched a new tablet/laptop hybrid called the Pixel C, which is the first Pixel device to run Android.
So, you heard the man, Chrome OS isn’t going anywhere. At least not anytime soon. Google has made it clear that features in Chrome OS and Android will continue to bleed into one another, which is what’s been happening for a few years now.