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A Farewell to Chromebooks As We Know Them?

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Update  Google is denying the claims by the Wall Street Journal that it will fold its Chrome OS into Android OS but will instead just be adding more integration between the two. Time will tell what the future of Chrome OS looks like.

For the better half of the past decade, Google has produced two distinctly different Operating Systems. For their mobile devices there was the ever adaptable, Android OS, and for their Chromebooks there was the web based Chrome OS. As the gap between what constitutes a mobile device and what is considered a personal computer begins to narrow, Google is looking to change things up.

By 2017, it is being said that Google plans to roll their Chrome OS into the Android OS to create a universal hybrid operating system. This would make the switch between mobile devices and Chromebook completely seamless. Where it may even make the most sense is on Google’s tablets, which more than any other device straddles the line between mobile and desktop. The big question on everyone’s mind is how will this convergence work and what does it mean for the Chromebook?

According the the Wall Street Journal, the combination of operating systems will be much more Android centric than Chrome OS focused. This means that it is far more likely future Chromebooks will operate like an Android smartphone or tablet, possibly even including touchscreen functionality as we have seen already with the Acer c270p Chromebook. No matter what it ends up looking like, it will surely be a major change to the Chromebooks we know and love.’

What are your thoughts on the upcoming changes? What functionality would you like to see added to Chromebooks? Let us know in the comments!


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