Last week there were rumors that Google was planning on folding Chrome OS and Android into a single operating system, kind of what Microsoft did with Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile, where both platforms are similar but have different features and operate different depending on its hardware.
For those wondering if the rumors are true, it seems that Google has officially come forward to deny them. In a post on the Chrome Blog, Google exec Hiroshi Lockheimer stated explicitly that Chrome OS is here to stay. Prior to this, Lockheimer had tweeted that the company remained committed to Chrome OS, but since there was no explicit denial of the rumors, it was left open to interpretation.
However in the blog post, it seems pretty clear that Chrome OS will not be going anywhere. According to Lockheimer, “Over the last few days, there’s been some confusion about the future of Chrome OS and Chromebooks based on speculation that Chrome OS will be folded into Android. While we’ve been working on ways to bring together the best of both operating systems, there’s no plan to phase out Chrome OS.”
Lockheimer then goes on to show Google’s commitment to the platform by discussing various new Chrome OS-based products that they have released in recent times, as well as sharing some plans for the future with regards to Chrome OS updates. Basically our dreams of a unified Chrome OS and Android have been shot, but what say you? Is that necessarily a bad thing?