Android, Chrome to stay separate for now

Google Inc.’s two operating systems, Android and Chrome, will remain separate entities, according to Sundar Pichai who controls both divisions.

Taking their cue from Pichai’s twin roles, which surfaced this March when the Android chief was also tasked to manage Chrome, some analyst said they looked forward to a merger of the two divisions.

However, in a recent interview, Pichai said Google will continue to invest in both operating systems and that nothing will change in the “short run.”

He did say that “the picture may change a year or two from now.”

His comments mirror statements made by Google chairman Eric Schmidt in March who said he will not be merging the company’s Android mobile OS with Chrome, which serves as both browser and OS for a “very, very long time.”

Pichai said Google is finding more “synergisms” between Android and Chrome such as the similarities the two have in the browser layer.
The two operating systems need to merge, according to Patrick Moorhead, analyst for Moor Insights and Strategies. He said managing two different experiences that are similar is a waste of time, energy and resources of the channel, developers and manufacturers.


Taking your Android device off the (power) grid

Moor said Chrome and Android have become very similar in the last few years.

There are two versions of the Chrome browser that can run on Android, while there are no Android Apps that run on Chrome laptops.

Two different systems with “overlapping missions” are unnecessary, according to Rob Enderle, analyst with Enderle Group.

Chrome needs to build up sales while Android needs to address its security issues and the huge number of intellectual property that doesn’t belong to Google, he said.

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