Google parent company, Alphabet is planning to merge Chrome OS with Android to create a new, cross platform operating system which it will debut at Google I/O in 2016, but is only expected to be released in 2017.

According to a report on The Verge, this combination of operating systems comes as Google tries to lower the number of platforms it needs to maintain. That said, a number of changes need to be made, such as including support for a mouse and keyboard before Android would run well on notebooks and desktops.

Chromebooks will receive an update to their name to match the new OS. A report by the Wall Street Journal states that Google hopes to have as many devices running Android as possible and tempt third-party developers onto the platform by giving them a “one app fits all” development solution.

While many may feel that the merging of the two operating systems is strange we just need to look to Microsoft to understand why Google’s head is in the right place.

Technologies such as Continuum which make it possible to use your Windows 10 smartphone as a full-fledged desktop are a reality and Google may just be hoping to add more users to the 1 billion it reported in 2014 though nothing similar to Continuum has been announced, yet.

Google has said that Chrome OS, Chrome Browser and Android are not being shelved and support will continue for all these products for the time being.

[Source – The Verge][Image CC by 2.0 – melfoody]
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