According to the Wall Street Journal, Alphabet Inc. has been working to merge Chrome OS into Android OS, so that the latter becomes a universal OS for both desktop and mobile computing. That’s pretty much what Microsoft has already done with Windows 10. Yes; it is the Continuum at work.
For the moment, Chrome OS powers Google’s Chromebook laptops. When the integration is complete, Android OS will power PCs, tablets and smartphones, with Google Play apps made available for all devices.
I think the idea is cool. As I did with Microsoft’s Windows 10 though, exactly how it is implemented is what will determine whether it succeeds or not. For one, existing Android apps will need to be modified to fit and work in desktop mode.
But by all means, yes; this is a good move. If this works, perhaps Android OS is on its way to dominating the world of desktops the way it dominates smartphones? This is Sparta!
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.