Google Says “No Plan to Phase Out Chrome OS”

Google Says “No Plan to Phase Out Chrome OS”

Amidst growing rumors and speculation based off a report from The Wall Street Journal, which stated that “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.”

Google took to it’s blog to inform us of its plans (or lack thereof) for the forseeable future. In the blog post, SVP of Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast, Hiroshi Lockheimer cleared the air regarding the future of Chrome OS.

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.

The blog post further goes on to list the success of Chrome OS since its launch six years ago, from its wide adoption in US classrooms to its ease of management for IT administrators. There’s also the fact that Chromebooks continue on increasing in popularity, with more and more manufacturers adopting this web based solution. As a result, we are slated to see even more devices in 2016 on this OS.

The post also mentions on the future plans for Chrome OS. In the works is a new media player, a visual refresh based on Material Design, along with the usual promise of under-the-hood improvements and security updates. Chromebooks are guaranteed auto-updates for five years, making their future look all but questionable.

With the ability to run Android apps on Chrome already existing, the report from WSJ held ample weight when it mentioned that Chrome OS could fold. The dream of running true Android in a desktop environment enticed many of us to hope that the merge would be for the best. Afterall, it seemed like a logical step, a natural progression, for Android to move forth from its mobile success to a much more tasking but comparatively resource independent format.

What are your views on the independance of Chrome OS and Android? Would you have liked Chrome OS to fold into Android? Let is know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Aamir Siddiqui
Aamir Siddiqui

I am a tech journalist with XDA since 2015, while being a qualified business-litigation lawyer with experience in the field. A low-end smartphone purchase in 2011 brought me to the forums, and it's been a journey filled with custom ROMs ever since. When not fully dipped in smartphone news, I love traveling to places just to capture pictures of the sun setting. You can reach out to me at [email protected]