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Google Chrome OS Will Die Says Gmail Founder

The man behind Google Adsense and the lead developer behind Gmail is convinced that Google Chrome OS will either be killed or merged with Android OS in 2011.

Paul Buchheit, who left Google to launch Friendfeed which was later acquired by Facebook, said on Twitter (opens in new tab) that "Prediction: ChromeOS will be killed next year (or “merged” with Android)". His follow-up thoughts can be read on his Friendfeed here (opens in new tab).

This doesn't come as a surprise to us; Sergey Brin, Google's co-founder, told Cnet in November 2009 that it would make sense for both projects to be merged together, thereby allowing Google to focus on one single product.

Back in July 2009, we suggested that Google was likely to merge Android and Chrome OS, something that we suggested was because Google wanted to build "the Holy Grail of operating systems, a platform that is scalable from a set top box to a super computer".

And earlier this month, we wrote that the one and only difference between Android and Chrome OS was that the first "is a fully supported, widely popular OS deployed on tens of millions of devices while the other has not yet been launched and doesn't provide with a compelling reason to justify its existence."

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.