Chrome OS not to be abandoned by Google; will merge it with Android in future

May 26, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Google has confirmed that it will continue to stick with its plans to develop its Chrome OS and release it before the end of this year. The overwhelming success of Google’s other operating software, Android OS, had earlier led to analysts and industry experts to ask Google to stop developing Chrome OS and concentrate on the Android.

Speaking at the Google I/O developers’ conference, executives of the company said that Android and Chrome OS would be merged together in the future. They also said that the company would develop Chrome OS so that it could assist in evolving new web technology. The executives defended Chrome OS and refused to compare it to the Android as Chrome OS was yet to be released while Android had already been available for four years.

Chrome OS was essentially developed as an operating software for netbooks. However, since then, tablet PCs have changed the face of the market by attracting a lot of demand. Google might have to modify Chrome OS in a huge way to run on tablets as well, if tablets gain more importance in the market.

Meanwhile, Android has been very well received by consumers. The software is present on 60 devices creates by 21 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and are available through 59 carriers in 48 nations around the world. Statistics point to almost 100,000 devices running on Android being sold every single day. The software is also the OS for Google’s latest project, Google TV. Even the tablet being developed by Google with Verizon, is expected to feature the Android operating system.

The Chrome browser for the Mac and Linux OS was also released officially by Google at the event. Javascript performance has been enhanced in the latest version of the browser while support for certain HTML5 functions is also present. Google also revealed that Flash 10.1 support would soon be made available by the company for the new Chrome browser.

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