It was a good run, Chrome OS.
It seems like the days of Chrome OS is numbered. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Chrome OS is being merged with Android. Google engineers have already started working on the project and is set to debut in 2017.
This will turn Android into a unified operating system that will run on mobile devices and on the company’s Chromebooks. It was also revealed that the new operating system would include the Google Play Store, meaning you can install normal Android apps. It is still unknown how the apps will work on a Chromebook since these apps are made for touch.
While Google has gotten positive feedback from its Chromebook line, it still belongs to a niche part of the market, which the report says belong to about 3 percent.
Whatever Google decides to do to with Chrome OS, merging it with Android is the logical step forward. Chrome OS offers a Google-centric experience where the entire system makes full use of the company’s apps while most of the user’s files are stored in the cloud using Google Drive.
The move was already been considered by Google before. A unified operating system seems to be better than having two ones for different categories, a similar move done by Microsoft with Windows 10.