Pichai also showed off the forthcoming Android L mobile operating system by showing Android apps being mirrored on a Chromebook display. While Pichai is making no promises as when we'll see a fully merged Android/Chrome OS, we're clearly on our way to combined operating system hyperspace.
Put it all together and I, for one, won't be surprised to see touchscreen-equipped Chromebooks that can run Android apps on top of Chrome OS on sale by the 2014 holiday season. I think this means we'll see a real desktop star wars beginning late this year. The alliance of Android and Chrome OS against an aging and unpopular Windows 8.x may finally lead to Microsoft facing real desktop competition for the first time in a generation.