Even though the unified OS will be released in 2017, the Wall Street Journal suggests that an early version may be shown to the public next year. While Android is the dominant operating system for mobile phones, Chrome OS only powers affordable Chromebooks which account for less than 3 per cent of the total number of PCs in usage.
The move will also let us use an Android OS on PCs and laptops for the first time and download apps from Google's Play Store. It would make Android the universal operating system featuring in PCs, mobile phones, smartwatches, in-car entertainment systems and Internet of Things devices.
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WSJ also believes that Chromebooks will get a new name in tune with the new unified OS. However, the Chrome browser will retain its name. As per Sundar Pichai, “mobile as a computing paradigm is eventually going to blend with what we think of as desktop today.”
Pixel C, a workplace tablet that was launched in September, is the first Pixel device to run Android in place of Chrome operating system. We are sure more and more Chrome OS devices will turn to Android in the coming days before the unified OS takes shape.
In a recent turn of events, Google has denied that it will merge Chrome OS with the Android operating system.
“There’s a ton of momentum for Chromebooks and we are very committed to Chrome OS. I just bought two for my kids for schoolwork,” said Hiroshi Lockheimer, head of Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast at Google.
However, Google will integrate both operating systems in the future so that both can work together over various platforms in the coming years.