Google VP of Android, Chrome OS and Play Hiroshi Lockheimer has quashed rumors of an Android and Chrome OS merger. Speaking on the All About Android podcast, Lockheimer was asked about the differences between Chrome OS and Android, which drew him to the subject of merging the two systems.
“For us, there’s no point in merging [Chrome OS and Android].” He said, adding, “They’re both successful. We just want to make sure that both sides benefit from each other.”
Lockheimer discussed aspects of the platforms which have now been shared, such as bringing Android apps to Chrome OS, and introducing Chrome OS’s seamless updates to Android Nougat, but denied the claims that the platforms would become one. “You’ll see a lot more of that happening, where we’re sort of cross-pollinating,” he said. “But not, sort of, a merge.”