According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal Google is moving on from Chrome OS and bringing it into the Android family. At first thought you’re either very excited for this or very disappointed, but first let’s dig into the details first.
The report does say that Chrome OS will cease to exist and that future laptops will not run Chrome OS and that the term “Chromebooks” will fade away over time, replaced by a new yet to be determined name. However Chrome OS will help form the foundation for a new operating system which is based on Android. This will be “a new version of Android” and it will run on both PCs and mobile devices both with access to the Google Play Store and it’s wide selection of Android apps.
According to WSJ, work on this project began a couple of years ago and Google will release it to the public in early 2017. However they do claim that Google will be showing off an early preview of this operating system sometime next year.
Alphabet Inc.’s Google plans to fold its Chrome operating system for personal computers into its Android mobile-operating system, according to people familiar with the matter, a sign of the growing dominance of mobile computing.
Google engineers have been working for roughly two years to combine the operating systems and have made progress recently, two of the people said. The company plans to unveil its new, single operating system in 2017, but expects to show off an early version next year, one of the people said.
With the announcement of the Pixel C tablet just last month Google surprised us by announcing it as a standard Android tablet, however with this report that piece of hardware certainly seems to make more sense.
Speculation of this scenario has been around for years so it’s not exactly surprising. However let’s keep in mind that nothing is set in stone until Google makes an official announcement. Until then I’ll continue to write the majority of my posts from a Chromebook.