Android and Chrome will form one OS, says Schmidt

Google has plans to eventually merge Android and Chrome into one operating system, according to outgoing chief executive Eric Schmidt at Mobile World Congress

Google chief executive Eric Schmidt has revealed convergence lies at the heart of Google's mobile OS road map, saying Android and Chrome will eventually merge into one operating system.

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Android and Chrome will eventually form one operating system, says Google's Eric Schmidt. Photo credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET News

While Google Android is mostly aimed at touch-based mobile devices, the forthcoming Chrome OS is "largely" designed for devices with keyboards — netbooks and PCs — according to Schmidt. But ultimately, he said the two efforts will converge.

At Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona on Tuesday, Schmidt revealed plans to bring Google's Chrome OS effort and its Android mobile operating system together.

"We're working overtime to get those technologies merged in the right way," he said. "I learned a long time ago: don't force technology to merge when it's not ready, wait for the technology to mature to the point when it can be merged."

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