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Google Chrome OS To Merge With Android Says Brin

Sergey Brin, Google's co-founder, has confirmed that there's a significant possibility that both Android and Chrome OS will merge over time partly because of the presence of both Linux and Webkit DNA in both projects.

In an exclusive interview to Cnet, Brin said that it does make sense to have both projects lumped together. Building on important synergies, it will allow Google to focus on one single product rather than two separate and ultimately competing platforms.

A presentation made by Google's vice president of product management, Sundar Pichai, sketched the vision of Google with a perfect storm of converging trends that showed how computers are becoming increasingly mobile while mobile devices like smartphones are becoming as powerful as computers.

But further notes from the presentation showed that "Having two open-source operating systems from Google provides both users and device manufacturers with more choice and helps contribute a wealth of new code to the open source community."

So it seems that Android will, for the time being, remain the only real Google operating system for a foreseeable future. It is also likely that the best bits of Android will be transferred or absorbed into Chrome OS as it rises to become Google's only platform.

Hours after Google Chrome OS launched in July, we posited that Google could merge both projects because it makes sense to have a single operating system that is scalable from a set top box to a super computer.

Our Comments

We're thrilled by Google's dual platforms not the least because both of them are viable competition for Microsoft's Windows OS family and will certaily push the Redmond-based giant to the ropes. That said, Google certainly knows that they need to perform at their very best to give Microsoft a run for its money.

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