There has been a lot of talk over the past few months that Google is considering merging Android and Chrome OS. The company itself hasn’t said anything to suggest that both operating systems will be merged completely even if they now get along better than they ever did before. Vice president of Android, Chrome OS and Play at Google Hiroshi Lockheimer has said that a merger between Android and Chrome OS is off the table.
He was recently asked on a podcast about the differences between Android and Chrome OS. The conversation turned towards a potential merger of both operating systems to which he replied: “For us, there’s no point in merging [Chrome OS and Android].”
Lockheimer pointed out that both Android and Chrome OS are successful in their own right and that the company wants to make sure that “both sides benefit from each other.” This could mean that Android and Chrome OS could get along even better in the future even if the company has no plans of actually merging these two operating systems.
“You’ll see a lot more of that happening, where we’re sort of cross-pollinating,” Lockheimer added, while reiterating that “But not, sort of, a merge.” This should be proof enough that at least for now Google isn’t working on merging Android and Chrome OS.