Google May Combine Android and Chrome By 2017
Google plans to merge its Chrome operating system with Android as soon as 2017, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with Google's plans. Google has already been working to bridge the Chrome-Android gap for two years and has recently made progress. Google may show off an early build of the merged operating system as soon as next year. Chrome OS runs on inexpensive laptops, called Chromebooks, but has a limited user base of just 3% of the PC market. Following the OS tie-up, Google is expected to make laptops and PCs that run Android, complete with access to the Play Store and the apps therein. Google hopes to see Search and YouTube installed on as many machines as possible, and sees this as one way to reach that goal. Android is the world's dominant mobile operating system. Chromebooks will be given a new name, as Google intends to keep the Chrome brand for its internet browser. Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently said, "mobile as a computing paradigm is eventually going to blend with what we think of as desktop today." Google did not comment on the Journal's report.
Android Apps Headed to Google's Chromebooks
Google today said its Chrome operating system will soon have access to the Google Play Store and the Android apps therein. ChromeOS will support all Android phone and tablet apps, including games, productivity apps, and social networking.
Google Adds Android Pay to Chrome
Google recently updated its Chrome browser for Android devices with several performance improvements. Fire and foremost, Android users can rely on Android Pay to make purchases online when browsing.
Progressive Web Apps Will Soon Sink Deeper Into Android
Google plans to improve Progressive Web Apps in the next beta version of Chrome, a change that will give the apps far more functionality than they currently enjoy. Google has been experimenting with Progressive Web Apps since 2015.
Google Says ChromeOS Isn't Going Anywhere
Google today decided to dispel speculation that ChromeOS might be phased out. In a blog post, Google reaffirmed its commitment to ChromeOS and said the desktop platform "is here to stay." Google said it has plans to improve ChromeOS in the near future with the addition of a new media player and a refresh based on Material Design.