Officially, when I asked Google if they had any plans on merging the Chrome OS and Android developer teams, I was told, "Thanks for reaching out, but we're letting the blog post speak for itself. No additional details to share right now."
Well, they may not have any anything else to share, but a lot of us who make our living from watching technology -- such as Joe Wilcox, Mary Jo Foley, and Dieter Bohn -- all see Google merging the two Linux-based operating systems into one.
Well, I think in part it was because the hardware wasn't ready yet. It wasn't really until this year that PCs, with their keyboards (which Chrome OS needed), also had the touch screens (that Android needed) and were widely available at affordable prices. And, what has Google just released? Why the pricey -- but not outrageously expensive -- Chromebook Pixel, which has both a keyboard and a touch screen! Coincidence? I think not.
I don't see any reason why Chrome's apps can't run on top of Android; or, for that matter, why Android's apps can't run on top of Chrome. Both operating systems, at heart, are Linux distributions. Their foundations are the same. Their differences are all at the interface level and just below it.
Now that would be a big problem, except Google already has the Chrome Web browser running on Android. Getting it to work smoothly? Yes, that's going to take some time. But, I, for one, won't be surprised to see a beta Chromeazoid Rex, or whatever Google ends up calling it, sometime later this year.