Google plans to merge Chrome OS and Android, report says
Google may be planning some big changes for Chromebooks.
Google plans to merge Chrome OS, the operating system that runs on Chromebooks, and Android, according to a new report in The Wall Street Journal. Chromebooks would get a new name, which has not been determined, according to the Journal, and an Android-based operating system.
Citing “people familiar with the matter,” the report says Google engineers have been working on the project for the past two years. Once completed, Google will retire the Chromebook name and the devices will instead run a version of Android. The name of Google’s Chrome browser will remain unchanged. Read more…
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