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    Insiders say Chrome OS is to be folded into Android

    The combined single OS will be unveiled in 2016, launched in 2017.
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    Re: Insiders say Chrome OS is to be folded into Android

    I'd say that the fact the iPad Pro runs iOS rather than OSX shows that Apple is already headed that way too.

    Unusual for MS to be blazing a trail for others to follow.

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    Re: Insiders say Chrome OS is to be folded into Android

    Android powers over a billion phones and devices but Chrome OS a niche player, accounting for less than three per cent of PCs. With Chrome OS folded into Android and as part of that 'brand' it could considerably increase Android's user base and enable Google to "woo more outside developers who want to write apps," for the combined OS. Android PC users will enjoy many more apps via the Play Store, which users will find appealing.
    I'd be more interested to find out if Google will allow ChromeOS users - especially those with Chromebooks - to upgrade from ChromeOS to "AndroidPC". I can't think of a technical reason why this shouldn't be possible and it'd be a dumb move on Google's part to not do that "upgrade".

    TBH, I blame Microsoft - OneDrive integrates very nicely with other Android apps and combined with Office-for-Android a keyboard-equipped Android device can be surprisingly productive.

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    Re: Insiders say Chrome OS is to be folded into Android

    How can you blame Microsoft for a shortcoming in Google sales of the Chrome OS not necessitating a driving force for Microsoft to design the productivity applications for it?

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    Re: Insiders say Chrome OS is to be folded into Android

    This Absorption of Chrome By Android might also promote the next step towards 'Multiple Devices,One OS!' paradigm. We are slowly moving into that side with all Surface Pro, iPad Pro coming up this year.
    Google might want to use all the advantages of Android and its Community's strength into its Desktop OS and the easy way to do is Make its Desktop OS as a part of Android.
    The Technology trends are always interesting!!

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    Re: Insiders say Chrome OS is to be folded into Android

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    How can you blame Microsoft for a shortcoming in Google sales of the Chrome OS not necessitating a driving force for Microsoft to design the productivity applications for it?
    You've misunderstood what I was driving at - although I was saying it a bit tongue-in-cheek.

    My point is that Android+Office365 (shorthand for "Office apps plus OneDrive app") is a good enough combination that Google Docs (the point of ChromeOS AFAIK) is really a 2nd best option. Furthermore, Android itself is doing more on power saving, so instead of turning an Android "PC" off and on, you can just leave it on deep sleep standby. That neatly negates ChromeOS's big sell of super fast boot times.

    Android is also getting even more cloud "enabled" (extending to other peoples clouds) so an Android PC might actually be a better "cloud" device than ChromeOS in the long run.

    So, I fail to see the niche that ChromeOS can occupy. That said, there's a ChromeBook in the house and the user of that device really loves it. If it was "upgraded" to run an equally fast booting (although see my comments above) and responsive Android spin then she'd be even happier. This being because of the relative lack of apps for ChromeOS v's Android.

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    Re: Insiders say Chrome OS is to be folded into Android

    I haven't used ChromeOS, is there anything it does that couldn't just be in an Android app? They both use Linux underneath, so it doesn't seem like a big stretch.

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    Re: Insiders say Chrome OS is to be folded into Android

    The big plus for Apple is that the desktop and mobile Guis are different, each one optimised for a particular environment, while maintaining pretty much seemless interoperability. Long may that continue.
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    Re: Insiders say Chrome OS is to be folded into Android

    Really hope they do upgrade Chromebooks to use Android... I think the 'expiry date' (stop receiving updates) for my samsung chromebook is 2016/2017... hopefully they'll just provide the option to stick android on it...

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    Re: Insiders say Chrome OS is to be folded into Android

    Google say this isn't true, ChromeOS is staying: http://chrome.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11...e-to-stay.html

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