At Least for the Time Being Chrome and Android Have their Separate Paths
The most recent rumors talk more and more about a merger between Chrome and Android OS as part of Google’s plan to greatly expand its eco-system. As such it was expected that such a big change might be announced at Google I/O a few months from now.
Google is at the moment focusing their efforts on the Chrome browser and OS and on Android and all it stands for. With Andy Rubin leaving and head of the Android team and replaced by the current chief of the Chrome department, it was not hard to realize that the merger between the two could be very likely. Sundar Pichai is now in charge of Google Apps, Google Chrome, and now Android and that could still mean something but not what you might think.
Eric Schmidt – Google’s current chairman and former CEO has decided to take a stand regarding the recent rumors and announced that, at least for the moment, Chrome and Android won’t merge. The mobile platform is to evolve independently of the Chrome OS for Google’s laptops while the thing both have in common will be the Chrome browser. As for the merger of Chrome OS and Chrome browser, or a Chrome OS for the general public, that remains to be seen.