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Google Denies Plan to Merge Android and Chrome OS in 2017

Google’s Android and Chrome OS head has denied a report that his company was set on merging the two operating systems into a single OS for use across smartphones, tablets, notebooks and computers.

The original story came from The Wall Street Journal, which claimed that the search giant was planning the move for 2017. Android is intended for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, while Chrome OS is a stripped-down version of Linux used on Google’s Chromebook notebooks.

However, on Twitter, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s head of Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast countered: “There’s a ton of momentum for Chromebooks and we are very committed to Chrome OS. I just bought two for my kids for schoolwork!”

Nonetheless, various differences between the two systems have been slowly stripped away recently. For example, the Android version of Google’s Chrome web browser has been given more features of its desktop counterpart, while Google Now, which first appeared on Android, has been extended to Chrome OS.

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