So after yesterday’s news about Chrome OS and Android supposedly merging, we got a bit more insight into what is actually happening. As it turns out, Google claims Chrome OS isn’t disappearing – it’s just going to promote Android as an additional choice for OEMs to put on laptops and desktop machines, as Recode reports.
Starting next year, the company will work with partners to build personal computers that run on Android, according to sources familiar with the company’s plans. The Chrome browser and operating systems aren’t disappearing – PC makers that produce Chromebooks will still be able to use Chrome. But they will now have the choice of Android. And its arrival suggests the supremacy of mobile inside Google, which has prioritized how to best handle the shift away from desktop across all its divisions.
Ever since Google unveiled Material Design, which works well on just about any size application, from full-screen tablets applications to small smartphone applications, and everything in between, it was clear to me Google was looking into expanding Android beyond smartphones and tablets. They’ve apparently been working on this for several years, with the first developer releases hitting next year, and the first devices in 2017.
This probably also explains the Pixel C. Pixel devices have always been kind of odd in that they clearly aren’t meant for the general public to buy, but more as showcases for people inside Google itself. The Pixel C – the Surface clone – would serve as a perfect developer and testing device for an Android that is more oriented towards dekstops and laptops.