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Google To Merge Chrome OS and Android?

Some of us may be surprised that Google is actually using Chrome, the browser, as the foundation of its forthcoming operating system Chrome OS; after all, browsers, ever since they are built were applications that came on top of the Operating System.

In the now seminal post co-written by Sundar Pichai, VP Product Management and Linus Upson, Engineering Director, one can read that Google Chrome OS will be riding on x86 and ARM processors.

As it stands today, x86 are found primarily in laptops, desktops and servers while ARM processors equip smartphones (like the TG01) and by the end of the year a new generation of devices called Smartbooks.

For now, Google says that both Android and Chrome are two separate projects - Android for everything from phones to netbooks and Chrome OS from netbooks to desktops and more. But we beg to differ especially when they say that "Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the web".

Well, Google's Android powers internet-enabled mobile devices as well - all Android smartphones are web-capable. The words "internet" and "connect" are mentioned 19 times in the original Android press release from November 2007.

Hence, one may expect that Android and Google Chrome OS share quite a few features; both are open source, light on resources and both have their roots in Linux. This brings us to believe Google is aiming to build the Holy Grail of operating systems, a platform that is scalable from a set top box to a super computer (albeit one running on x86).

As smartphones like the Toshiba TG01 become as powerful and feature-laden as Netbooks and share exactly the same configuration, it is only a matter of time before Google decides to merge both trunks and present a united front to Microsoft and Windows.

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The nearest equivalent on the market to the Chrome OS is the Splashtop Linux that has been shipping for more than one year now, mainly through Asus which rebranded it as "Express Gate". Splastop, we're told, is an instant on commercial Linux OS that comes with a web browser, a VoIP and an IM client by default.

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