Eric Schmidt (Google): Android and Chrome won’t merge
March 25th, 2013 - 09:36 am ET by C. D.
Eric Schmidt, President of Google’s board of directors, has laid to rest the rumour of a merger between Android and Chrome, but has signalled that the two operating systems could increase the number of bridges between themselves.
With Andy Rubin quitting the role of Android’s Development Manager, a surprise as he was in that role since his company was acquired by Google in 2004, it will be interesting to see what other projects he may be involved with outside of Google.
His choice of his successor, Sundar Pichai, is an interesting one as he also occupies the role or Development Manager for Chrome OS, now putting him in charge of both systems. The theory that the two platforms could be merged naturally appeared, as was initially planned with the birth of Chrome.
While this was perhaps the Search Giants initial plan, Google isn’t currently looking at heading down this road. Eric Schmidt, president of the company’s board of directors, has confirmed that Android and Chrome will remain two distinct products.
He has put forward that the two OS’ should reinforce the interaction between the two teams, something which should now happen more often with the nomination of Pichai. Officially, we could see things starting to cross over in a similar way as Mac OS X/iOS, with components from one to be found in the other, but both systems will maintain a distinct identity.
Eric Schmidt has also backtracked on his plan to sell 42% of his shares in Google which, according to market watchers, could signal his intention to leave the company soon. He has denied that he will be leaving Google for a government job.