Google, now a part of the newly formed company - Albhabet Inc, is working on a new version of Android OS that will include Chrome OS as its part. The Wall Street Journal has gathered from inside sources that Google is eyeing big on Android OS and is working on merging its Chrome OS for personal computers in to Android to power future devices. This move is a result of the growing dominance of mobile computing over laptops and desktops. Report suggests that the new version is planned for 2017.
According to the report, Google has a team of engineer that has been working on this project of merging its mobile OS and ChromeBook platform together for about two years. The company has recently progressed and if everything works fine, it will unveil the new, single operating system in 2017. However, Google is expected to show an early version of the new OS sometime next year.
Google first announced its Chrome OS as a platform for its Chromebooks, back in 2009, and ever since have brought about much changes and feature additions to the OS. The concept for the ChromeBook was well taken by industry. ChromeBooks did well in select sectors, due to their reasonable prices, but could not take off as a mainstream OS for computers mainly because many users considered it to be an extended and modified version of the Chrome browser. It deeply integrates Chrome browser and allows users to access multiple software and apps through the browser. It is relatively cheaper than other Windows and Mac computers.
Google Android OS, on the other hand, has become the top OS with over 85% of market share. Considering that Android OS is very popular and widely used operating system, in comparison to ChromeBooks that have less than 3% of PC share, Google seems to give up on the Chrome OS and focus more on Android.
The Android OS already powers mobile devices including phones, tablets, TVs, wearables and car infotainment systems, and this step seems to be company's initiative to push Android OS for laptops and computers as well. This will help the company not only in increasing Android's user base, but will help developers also to work on apps that work work across different devices.
Reportedly, Google will give a new name to Chromebooks running on this new OS, but it will retain the Chrome name for its Internet browser for both PCs and mobile devices.