Eric Schmidt: Android and Chrome will remain separate products

After a shakeup at Google that saw Andy Rubin step down as head of Android with Chrome guru Sundar Pichai taking over his duties, speculation began to swirl that the tech giant could be easing their way toward a merger of the two products. That won’t be the case, according to comments Eric Schmidt made Thursday, though he did acknowledge that we could see more “commonality” between the two.

Those commonalities might include Google Now, which has been hinted in recent Chrome code though has yet to debut for the web browser. Google has already begun to replace the default browser in their Android OS with a mobile implementation of Chrome.

As a side note, Schmidt once again dispelled the notion that he might be considering a departure from Google for a position in the government. Despite plans to sell off 42 percent of his stake in the company, Schmidt said, “Google is my home.”

[via Reuters]

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  • Muhammad Ali

    Isn’t this the same person that said there will be no follow up to the Nexus One? This almost means they definitely will converge.

    • RitishOemraw

      He said there wouldn;t be a Nexus Two, he never mentioned anything about an “s”

      Yeh that was a lame excuse! I take this statement as: “we are currently not working on a merger itself, but might/will do that in the future”

    • camelsnot

      it’ll happen.. just as OSX and iOS will merge in 3-5 years.

    • bluevoodo

      he also said google tv would be in most new TV’s and that most android application would be HTML 5

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    Didnt they also say they wouldnt bring anything from honeycomb to phones. I dont care if they keep chrome os just like it sits as long as you can run android apps. I think that would be a huge bonus for chrome books

    • bryanl

      No, they said they wouldn’t bring honeycomb to phones and they didn’t.

      • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

        They basically did, they brought a lot over from honeycomb we are talking semantics really.

    • No_Nickname90

      Chrome and Android are going to be separate. So I doubt you’ll see that. If it can run Android apps, that means one of them will need to become more like the other for full functionality or you’ll have apps crashing all over the place. Sorry, you’ll need to stick with emulators on the Chrome laptops.

  • camelsnot

    dumb… the fact he is with that dbag Psy doing the dbag style dance proves he is out of touch. Next he’ll do the other dbag dance.. harlem shake.

    • No_Nickname90

      Excuse me? You don’t have to hate on unusually chosen viral videos. Though I do believe Gangnam Style was overrated. It’s a good song, but what made it so viral? Eh…

    • enomele

      Why is Psy a dbag? Because he is now rich and globally known?

    • OptimusL

      You sound like a joy to be around.

  • Carl Rood

    I don’t see where combining the two would make any sense. One is a thin client, web based OS that pretty much requires a network connection at all times. The other is a full client OS that’s designed for devices that can be anywhere, connected or not and run local applications. At best, you’d end up with a different desktop look for Android.

    • uniquename72

      It makes sense because my Transformer Prime+keyboard is an infinitely more capable laptop than a $1200 Chromebook. “Thin client” is great for businesses, but if Google wants to go after the consumer market (and clearly they do) then Chromebooks need to be able to run Android apps.

      Which means having a decent file system and storage option.