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3:49 am on Oct 30, 2015 (gmt 0)

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http://www.wsj.com/article_email/alphabets-google-to-fold-chrome-operating-system-into-android-1446151134-lMyQjAxMTA1NzIxOTAyMzk4Wj?alg=y [wsj.com]

Alphabet’s Google to Fold Chrome Operating System Into Android

Google engineers have been working for roughly two years to combine the operating systems and have made progress recently, two of the people said. The company plans to unveil its new, single operating system in 2017, but expects to show off an early version next year, one of the people said.

Android is the world’s most widely used operating system, powering more than one billion phones and other devices made by dozens of companies. Chrome powers personal computers, most often laptops, called Chromebooks. They are niche players, accounting for less than 3% of PCs according to research firm IDC.
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I'm not surprised to hear about this as there was no way they could continue with both - it seemed just crazy. This may not seem it, but is really is a slightly bigger lock-in, and will bring a brand in closer, just as Windows is on desktop through to mobile.

Security is a big issue, and I assume Google have taken steps to address this.

As I said, no surprise to hear this.
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Security is a big issue, and I assume Google have taken steps to address this.


I'm pretty sure that since the OS itself is Cloud based, Google shouldn't have any troubles with security.
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OT

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Does that "lMyQjAxMTA1NzIxOTAyMzk4Wj" string at the end of URI mean something, or is it a sessionID associated with your visit that will be tracked/cookied for later?

I just pulled up WSJ homepage(not logged in yet), and none of the links included lMyQjAxMTA1NzIxOTAyMzk4Wj string in URI pointing to other URIs.

Just Asking...
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@blend27 That was a link that I found that let you in to see the full article without being logged in to the Wall Street Journal site.
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someone at google just finally got the clue that not everyone wants everything to be a web app *gasp*
local storage? local installs? WHAT THATS CRAZY TALK.

nope!

Guess the web dev 100% mindset is waring off, and reality is setting in. Took long enough.
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I wonder why they didnt launch only 1 os only from the beginning ?

One more goohle fail ?

I wonder why they dont get rid of the heads of the company who seem to understand nothing lately...
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It seems Google has been listening and decided to clarify that it has no plans to phase out Chrome.
Over the last few days, there’s been some confusion about the future of Chrome OS and Chromebooks based on speculation that Chrome OS will be folded into Android. While we’ve been working on ways to bring together the best of both operating systems, there's no plan to phase out Chrome OS. Google Says Chrome OS is "here to Stay" [chrome.blogspot.com]
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... it has no plans to phase out Chrome


.. and now left wondering how much of Android will be integrated into the Cloud.

The pay to play monthly subscription use for operating systems is still on the table with a lot of these guys, so it's going to be interesting to see how much of all this ends up in the Cloud before all is said and done.

One day, instead of downloading and installing OS software, we might instead be presented with a pay as you go option not too unlike pre-paid wireless does today -- We'll see.