Nov 20 AT 4:06 PM Angie Wimberly 10 Comments

Android and Chrome will likely converge over time says Google founder

What if your browser was your operating system? That is the thinking behind the new Chrome OS from Google.

Many people were confused (including myself) when Google first announced Chrome OS. Why would they develop a second mobile operating system when they already had Android going? Google’s response was that they needed different technology for different devices.

I purchased an Android netbook just for fun and I tend to agree with them. Android is awesome on a phone, but it was never designed to run on a netbook and it is mostly pointless to try and use it as such.

According to a report from CNET, Google founder Sergey Brin confirmed what many of us have been thinking. “Android and Chrome will likely converge over time,” citing among other things the common Linux and Webkit code base present in both projects.

I guess we could have seen this coming based on Google’s comments from the last Google I/O. Google has expressed a desire to developer web applications powered by HTML5 and wants to move away from native apps.

Look to next year’s Google I/O in May for future developments of the Chrome OS and how it might integrate with Android.

Bonus: Here is an early concept video for a possible Chrome UI.

Want to try out Google Chrome OS for yourself? TechCrunch has a guide up explaining how to run it in a virtual machine.

Angie is a designer and illustrator living in Austin, Texas. She's a graduate of the Communication Design program at Texas State and joined us full-time after a two-year run at a design firm here in Austin.

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  • Justin Shapcott

    For some people, Chrome OS will be great. For me.. It’s not going to cut it.

    • Nick

      I agree with you here. I love the idea behind Chrome OS, but it has some shortfalls. One is that, without an Internet connection, your netbook is effectively useless, since nothing is stored on it. Though the major shortfall is the lack of powerful web apps. Without an image editing program and a decent coding environment, I can’t do my work, and that’s the one reason why I would want a netbook; to quickly do work when I’m not at my computer.

  • Jeff

    Hopefully this means that Android will get a new GUI designer.

    • Justin Shapcott

      Google has had for quite some time job postings for Android User Experience positions… I’d assume that includes GUI designers… Seems they have no takers.

  • Tim

    I sure hope it’s a very early concept video – because if that’s it, it’s gonna suck. I hope it’s waaaaay off in the future.

    I like how Android behaves on my cell. And it’s a much cooler name than “chrome” too. ;)

  • maccrookpro

    What is it was? That would be weird.

  • Vinter

    i love the idea and concept, and would love it as a 2nd option for a os on my netbook, it seems to me battery life would be a big increase as less things running and less system stress…. and then i can use my linux build for the rest of whatever i need… i played with it in a virtual machine, i like it

  • carig

    This seems perfect for netbooks seeing as they’re not really good for anything else anyways, obviously it wouldn’t be the main OS on more powerful pcs but i’m thinking of a separate power button to boot into chrome OS so you can get on the web quickly and enjoy the security and presumably low power consumption benefits

    The key to making this accepted I think is to find a way to make web apps more feel like regular apps, the app tabs and chrome menu are a nice touch but perhaps it could also have some kind of web app directory? the notifications are nice too

  • ari-free

    “Google has expressed a desire to developer web applications powered by HTML5 and wants to move away from native apps.”

    which is why they created the NDK?
    I don’t think chrome is going anywhere if an android phone is more capable than a chrome netbook