Should Chrome and Android merge?


Chrome and Android are two of the most successful platforms in the world. Android is the most popular mobile operating system, while Chrome is the most popular browser in the world. Both are owned by Google, and many believe the Search Giant is working towards merging both platforms. Is this a good idea?

Google’s Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome and Apps, Sundar Pichai, went on the record about this topic at an interview during SXSW, 2014. Pichai states Google has no intentions of merging Android and Chrome/Chrome OS.

“We view them as building blocks. By investing in both, we believe that over time we will be able to meet almost all use cases. We feel fortunate to have both.” -Sundar Pichai, Google SVP of Android, Chrome and Apps

If anyone would know about such a merge, it would be Sundar Pichai. He is the one taking care of all Android and Chrome plans, so it seems we will have Chrome and Android running separately (at least for a long time).


What do you think?

I happen to agree with Sundar Pichai on this matter. I believe merging Chrome and Android would bring uniformity to both mobile and desktop environments, but it also seems like an odd idea. Chrome/Chrome OS and Android do serve different purposes. Chrome is best for computing, while Android is best for mobile communications.

This doesn’t mean Chrome and Android can’t work together. In fact, this is kind of what these platforms do right now. These products and services are linked by one common denominator – Google. Google’s services work and sync perfectly across all Google devices. They are all connected by “the cloud”. In a way, this merges both platforms already.

I believe Google will work on improving Chrome and Android, so that they may be better (both separately and working together). What do you think, though? Do you believe Chrome and Android would work better as one?

[via The Guardian]

  • timmyjoe42

    The biggest thing that Chrome is lacking is some sort of auto backup to the local drive if there is no wifi connection. Example: I took my Chromebook to a conference for the easy typing and long battery life. I didn’t pay for the wifi connection, but when I used google docs to take notes, several times I forgot to manually save and lost data. If there were a prompt or something, that would have been nice, but nope. The browser just shut down…no questions asked…no data saved. I got paranoid and kept manually saving every few minutes.

  • Edgar Cervantes

    That must have sucked! Yeah, that is one of those little things that make a HUGE difference. Google need to work more on those improvements – that is why I get so excited when I see all the little updates. They make a whole difference.

  • LouF_NH

    Initially, I was in favor of Chrome and Android merging. However, I bought a Chromebook last December and I think not merging them is the right way to go. One of the things I appreciate most about ChromeOS is how fast it is. My concern would be merging Chrome and Android would mean having to download apps to the Chromebook, which, I would suspect, would slow it down.

  • Peter Frazier

    i prefer they are kept separate, but they continue to work at bridges between the two.

    I am also craving my dream product, An Android phone that when docked launches chrome os. The power of the tech in our pockets is getting good enough that for the vast majority of what we need to do can be done by our phones. Now with Chromcasts and other wireless options, we could utilize any display size we need. I also see a whole new class of accessories for this new market.. physical docks with expanded storage, ram, graphics power for all sorts of uses. Somebody needs to jump on this. we have quad core phones.. soon we will have x64. someone will eventually crack the eyeglass display tech and then we won’t have to worry about having a 12″+ monitor somewhere to comfortably get anything done. these days of a 1-5 lbs clamshell won’t be needed, and I hope i can use BOTH android and chrome.. 😀

    Both do their jobs well and should let them focus on their rolls accordingly. My uncle would always say you can have a swiss army thingamajig that does many things OK, or have one thing that does it very well. There is some wisdom in that.

    Also if the allow the chrome apps to work in chrome mobile then the need to merge the two is even less needed. We already have the “wrapper” to make a chrome app into an android one. We have solutions that are already there.

  • Peter Frazier

    i agree. it make sense. using google doc’s in the cloud autosaves.. why not take the philosophy to offline.. or at least the option.. heck, tie it into calendar and when your at “in meeting or conference” have it auto save if offline..

    i have had a chromebook for over a year and i can tell you that many of the early issues are no more, and only getting better.

    What I would like to see, and have my fingers crossed, is a VM of your chrome os available online. So if i’m at work on a windows machine, I can just go to my portal and boom, a function instance of google..

  • Edgar Cervantes

    I wonder how things will turn out once mobile devices start running operating systems when docked. Chrome OS has the benefit of being light and fast, which would be great for a mobile device.

    On the other hand, we have Windows Phone and iOS. Those will probably run Mac OSX and Windows. That’s when the mobile wars will get very real….

  • Adam Fullerton

    I could see them creating a Chrome Launcher or maybe a Google+ Launcher for android. I could also see a Chromephone and Tablet coming out of ChromeOS but I don’t think merge. I think one of the big things still holding back a ChromeOS phone or tablet is not enough websites yet being able to adjust to mobile.

    I however do think they are working towards either just a ChromeOS mobile device or the merger of the two. With advancements in Dart programming language, Google’s big push for HTML5 and so forth, it seems to be preparing the WWW for a mobile world in which websites can function like apps and change based on the device you use.

  • Peter Frazier

    i’m surprised that apple and windows haven’t come up with their own thin clients. it would address a bunch of security issues.. windows would have it tough thou, apple makes own hardware where MS doesn’t..

    this would be a brand new area of tech and accessories they could sell.. especially to the younger generation, and me 🙂

    it seems like i need a specific machine to do 3 types of things and is so completely unnecessary..

  • Peter Frazier

    i personally cannot wait for a dart IDE on chrome.. right now I am crouton’n a solution to the dev tools i don’t have access too.. kinda pain..

    i do recognize how powerful dart can be.. just need some serious time with it to get used to the verbs of a new language.

  • I would not say merge, per se, but if they could share some of their ideas and technologies that could be good for both systems. For example…I come from the Arch Linux world and no matter what desktop enviroment I ran I always had some Conky running giving me system information. Much like some of the widgets that are available for Android I would like to see on Chrome OS. So, merge no/share yes!