The picture that has been on everyone’s mind is that very soon, the Chrome OS that has always been for Computers and the popular Android for mobile phones would merge into one sweet cocktail that would have everyone running for it. However, this was not to be the case. Google unexpectedly picked on Android, leaving a trail of questions on the minds of many, with some wondering why Android and what will be the fate of Chrome OS.
Why Android alone?
It is easy to tell why Google picked on Android. This is because Android is way more popular than Chrome OS, with Android having dominated 80% of the smartphone market. It is also worth noting that most users of smartphones now opt to browse using their Android devices such as smartphones and tablets rather than computers.
Past the popularity fact, it’s also worth noting that Android comes with a greater library of Applications than Chrome OS. One thing that is striking about this is that these apps have invaded into crucial technology centres in the world today such as TV and automobiles, which has made life much easier. Therefore, adding this stunner OS will be a shot in the arm in itself to manufacturers, developers as well as consumers.
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Was it a dead-end decision?
This might be a tricky question since at first, the obvious fact seemed that the two operating systems would eventually merge into one. Google also seems to have seen the need to merge the two. However, one may not know why the eventual decision for Android alone was arrived at but it will definitely be a taint on Google if it totally ditched the Chrome OS especially when one thinks of the Chromebooks, which have had a steady footing in the market.
What is the future like for Chrome OS?
Word from WSJ has it that Chrome OS will not land in the trash bin but rather, it will be left as an open source platform which can be used by other companies for laptops. Therefore, Google will keep it for the future, which it says is not darkened after all. Word also has it that Chrome books will be rebranded thus there’s no need to throw yours away.
However, it’s worth noting that the Chrome OS will not receive any new developments from developers, therefore, implying without doubt that it will wilt and die eventually.
This is sad for Chrome OS lovers as it has its own strong points that are worth noting such as low prices, making low-end hardware potentially utilizable, running everything in the browser online, secured sand-boxing, data encryption, verified boot, automatic updates and recovery mode. However, a few users have complained of its security credentials.
How about Android?
One thing that is quite obvious is that Google will not just take Android as it is and mount it on computers then wait for people to use it. Some serious tweaks have to be done especially regarding its security if Android laptops are to appear in the workplace arena. Google is definitely working on this. The big challenge in this is getting carriers and manufacturers to oust vital devices especially for devices that are older.
However, it’s worth noting that Android has several strong points that will make the whole venture one that’s worth undertaking. This features include a touch-based interface and split-screen among others that will really add spice to laptops and computers.
Let’s look at the situation for Google’s competitors
Microsoft seems to be in a similar situation as Google, with its issue being the reverse, involving a computer OS that has not managed to make the cut into smartphones, thus the company is on the verge of deciding to create a unified platform for the two.
Apple, however, is not dreaming of buying that idea. Tim Cook has said that the idea of merging OS X with iOS will definitely steal some goodness from both sides and doesn’t add up to a fulfilling experience.
Looking at all these, the consumer is left with quite a lot to gamble with.
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