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There has been speculation about Chrome and Android combining in some way for some time, but recently it’s all come to a head: They say Chrome will become part of Android. And that sucks.

It’s true I’m a die-hard Chromebook lover Make an Easy Switch to Chromebook Now (and Never Look Back) Make an Easy Switch to Chromebook Now (and Never Look Back) I've adopted, studied every Windows OS, adapted, and eventually learned to love each of them for different reasons. Are you curious to know why as of today, I'm a Chromebook guy? Read More , but I’m also a huge Android advocate. So, I’m not really biased here. The facts of the matter actually speak for themselves.

Why Are They Joining?

For starters, Google is currently maintaining two operating systems and brands across a variety of devices, which is no doubt quite a lot easier to maintain as one operating system. Then you have to consider that the devices themselves are converging — what is the difference between a large tablet with a sturdy keyboard and a Chromebook (other than the operating system)?

It really does make sense from their point of view to consolidate the two operating systems. Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said recently that mobile and desktops will blend together.

“Mobile as a computing paradigm is eventually going to blend with what we think of as desktop today.” — Sundar Pichai

However, Hiroshi Lockheim, who manages Android, Chromecast and Chrome OS, says that they’ll remain committed to Chrome OS. So don’t lose hope yet.

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Why Is Chrome Becoming Part of Android?

The answer to why it’s Chrome getting swallowed up really comes down to one thing: apps. The Android marketplace is varied and plentiful, whereas the Chrome app situation is confusing and rather lacking. It’s really hard for Google to convince developers to create Chrome apps at the moment.

And Why Will This Move Suck?

Losing Chrome OS will be devastating for many reasons, but the essence of it boils down to this: size, stability and security. Chrome OS is really good at all of these things: Android, not so much.

Size and Speed of Chrome OS Versus Android

Actual sizes of Chrome OS and Android vary wildly, but Android seems to be the heftier of the two. Chrome OS takes up a tiny fraction of your hard drive, and a Chromebook boots insanely fast The Fundamental Advantages Of Using A Chromebook The Fundamental Advantages Of Using A Chromebook Chromebooks are highly divisive and a consensus about the merits of Google's offering is a long way from materialising. Here are the key advantages of using a Chromebook when compared to Windows and Macs. Read More — in a matter of seconds. Chromebooks also last a long time Can A Laptop Last All Day? You CAN Do That On A Chromebook! Can A Laptop Last All Day? You CAN Do That On A Chromebook! Chromebooks are extremely portable, as most have 13 inch display and power-sipping processor. This makes them an appealing alternative to affordable Windows notebooks. But can you actually use a Chromebook for an entire work day? Read More due to not being very resource-hungry.

Android, on the other hand, takes up an enormous amount of your hard drive, and booting can take a few minutes. This is why I try really hard to never let my Android go flat.

The thought of having to wait several minutes before my laptop booted up gives me chills. I know, first world problems.

Stability and Security of Chrome OS Versus Android

We have all heard of Android security exploits via apps not purchased via the Google Play store, plus occasional other Android scares. But Chrome OS? It’s pretty darn secure.

Chrome OS has an auto-updating feature, so you’re always running the latest version and a sandbox architecture for apps to run in, meaning you’re safe from malicious code. It also runs a verified boot loader that checks for compromises before running. This keeps Chrome OS users pretty safe from threats.

Android apps are also sandboxed, but Android still has a long way to go to reach Chrome’s level of security. It may never get there.

What Might Happen?

Chrome OS may dissolve and get incorporated into Android, but there may be some light at the end of the tunnel. Obviously, having all the Android apps at your disposal How to Emulate Android and Run Android Apps on Your PC How to Emulate Android and Run Android Apps on Your PC It's actually pretty easy to get Android apps running on your desktop or laptop! Here, we step you through the best methods. Read More on a Chromebook or Windows/Mac/Linux machine will be incredibly useful. But there are some other things I can see happening, too.

Chromebooks aren’t going anywhere (well, they might get a new name), so there will still need to be an operating system that is as stable, light, and secure as possible to run on them. I suspect Google will develop a lighter, tighter version of Android for these devices. Basically, if Chromebooks (or whatever they’re going to be called) aren’t quick to boot, safe to use and thoroughly reliable, there will be a problem. So Google will no doubt do their best to address this.

Also, many Chromebook users love being able to run Linux on their Chromebook How to Install Linux on a Chromebook How to Install Linux on a Chromebook Do you need Skype on your Chromebook? Do you miss not having access to games through Steam? Are you pining to use VLC Media Player? Then start using Linux on your Chromebook. Read More . This shouldn’t be a problem, as most Android devices are already capable of running Linux How To Dual Boot Your Android With Ubuntu How To Dual Boot Your Android With Ubuntu Read More . The world will just work out the next best way to do this.

What Do You Think Of The Merger?

Do you think it’s crazy to merge Chrome OS into Android? Or do you think it’s perfectly sensible and just can’t wait to try it out? Talk to us about your hopes and fears for the move.

  1. Peter Fitzsimmons
    December 2, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    I live my android phone as much as I do my Chromebook and having them using the same OS would, I imagine, make them extensions of each other when it comes to apps and the like.

    I'm all for it and hope it allows me to make even more use of my devices.

    Of all the different technology guys out there, I trust Google to know what it wants to do and how to achieve it.

    It won't be for everyone, but I can well imagine this new OS will be different enough to force others like Microsoft and Apple to up their game and help us all to have better machines.

    Bring on the future! I'm ready and waiting.

  2. Nick Lasser
    November 4, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Kensta: Thats doesn't make it suck its just not for you it frankly is not there to target your market...

    ckrivik: Dont understand how you hate so much of google but like android I think you are a little lost here in these parts too.

    David: Spot on man thanks for actually doing your homework.

    To ALL: They are actually merging the two systems thats why its not going away they are just making it more extensible through the use of android apps etc.

    And to the writer: Why the hell are makeuseof articles so negative lately this doesnt suck this is growth and evolution... You really think this sucks ok have an opinion but I dont think editorials are the right fit for the forum of knowledge that is makeuseof. Hey just my two cents but for real.

  3. Kensta Gallaher
    November 4, 2015 at 3:07 am

    Only one reason why I say Chrome OS sucks: It's not like Windows in the way where you can play games that are for Windows (technically, Windows .exe files are not supported in Chrome OS without something like WINE, which is used in Linux) since Chrome OS is Linux-based.

  4. ckrivik
    November 3, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Personally I think it sucks for the opposite reason. I like the idea of a Chromebook. Minimalism, security etc. But I hate chrome. And most other Google services for that matter. The only Google products I do like are maps, translate and Android. I'd be very bothered if Android forced chrome because neither Windows phone nor iPhone look like good options to me.

  5. David Andrade
    November 2, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Not true!

    From GOOGLE:
    Several stories in the press are speculating that we’re “folding the Chrome operating system into Android”. This is not true: Chrome OS is not going away. In fact, we are continuing to invest heavily in Chrome OS. We’ve seen amazing momentum with Chromebooks, for example, which are the number one educational device for schools in the US and have topped Amazon’s bestselling laptops list for the past two holiday seasons. The Google team is currently working to correct these inaccurate stories.
    We want to give users a great experience across mobile and desktop, and will always look for ways to improve things. The Android and Chrome OS teams have been part of the same organization for over a year, and continue to collaborate on features that build on the best of both platforms (like smart unlock, which allows people to unlock a Chromebook with their Android device, or App Runtime for Chrome, which enables Android apps to run on Chrome OS).

  6. Read and Share
    November 2, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Looking forward to end of name confusion between Chrome the browser vs. Chrome the OS.

    • Kenny S
      November 3, 2015 at 6:03 pm

      Chrome OS sucks. I want only android

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