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.
YouTube Reimagines Its Premium Video and Music Services
May 17, 2018
YouTube today announced YouTube Premium and YouTube Music, services that replace YouTube Red and YT Music, respectively. Moving forward, YouTube Premium will be the video site's top-tier service, offering originals, ad-free play, background play, and downloads across YouTube.
Android Apps Headed to Google's Chromebooks
May 19, 2016
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 to Merge Google Play Music and YouTube Red
Jul 27, 2017
Google plans to shake up its music offering and ad-free video service, according to statements made by Lyor Cohen, the head of Google Play Music. As it stands today, Google Play Music is available to a single person for $10 per month and families for $15 per month.
YouTube Kids to Give Parents More Control
Apr 25, 2018
YouTube has updates in store for its YouTube Kids service that will provide parents with more granular control over what their children can find and watch. Beginning immediately, Google's partners will cull together "collections of trusted channels" that range across topics such as music, sports, and arts and crafts so parents can pick and choose which their children are allowed to watch.