A new report has emerged saying that the two systems will merge by 2017, therefore say goodbye to Chrome and hello to Android.
Rumors have been circulating around the media and the internet for the past two years, but no one knew anything for sure. However, now it seems there is a report confirming the buzz. Google Chrome and Android will indeed merge by 2017.
It is Chrome who will be integrated in the Android and, therefore, the actual name Chrome will no longer be used, sadly enough, as we all have come to know and love it so much.
Let’s see what this actually translates to in real life usage. The merge will mean the following: all the functionalities that Chrome now has will be integrated and, therefore, available in Android as well, the only difference being that it will no longer be named Chrome, as mentioned and that the new Android will be available for more machines, not just smartphones and tablets.
The browser Google Chrome will continue to exist, under the same name, probably so we don’t feel so nostalgic and pine for it. Also, Chromebooks will continue to exist, but they, unlike the browser, will no longer sport this name.
Apart from the report we received talking about the merge due to happen by the year 2017, the news can also be confirmed by the fact that the company has recently launched a new product, a high-end tablet called the Pixel C, which runs on the Android operating system. The same as the Surface tablets Microsoft released, Google’s Pixel C is equipped with a keyboard which you can plug into the tablet itself and turn it into a veritable laptop.
Other than that, as far as confirmation of the news goes, for those who paid attention over time or who can still remember, Google’s founder Sergey Brin, declared back in 2009 that yes, Android and Chrome will most likely converge as time goes by.
So there you have it. Evidence coming from three different parts that this is indeed happening. Android PCs are definitely on their way. Now, if Chrome will disappear completely, that is another debate. It is indeed a strong brand, one that has infiltrated our minds and lives more than we care to admit. We like it and we trust it. It’s the type of brand that creates high brand fidelity to its users, meaning that, most likely the people over at Google will not so easily cast it away or turn it into something else.
But what the future holds, that remains to be seen.
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