Comment: Will “Androidbook” device mark death of Chrome OS?

Google may be planning to launch an AndroidBook, a notebook based on Android OS, and which may compete with the Chromebook platform it launched back in 2011. According to Joanne Chien from Digitimes Research, the device(s) may show up towards the end of the third quarter or early fourth quarter 2013 (i.e September/October).

Three generations of Chromebooks have already been produced with the most recent one, Chromebook Pixel, is a premium product with a premium price tag. The recent decision that saw Chrome OS’s boss Sundar Pichai taking over the development of Android OS at the expense of Andy Rubin is what Digitimes analysts consider to be the catalyst.

Let's not forget that more than three years ago, Sergei Brin, Google’s co-founder, did predict that the two OSes would eventually merge one day.

Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and Chrome OS could possibly give way to a single unified OS, Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, which would inherit the DNA from both OSes.

There have been a number of laptops in the past that ran Android (like the Froyo-powered Toshiba AC100 or the Ergo GoNote GNT10) and most recently, hybrids like the Asus Transformer Infinity TF700 bore all the hallmarks of a very decent laptop for a very affordable price.