Google will keep Chrome and Android as separate operating systems

Don’t look for a marriage between Google’s Chrome OS, found on Chromebook laptops, and Google’s Android OS, found on mobile devices; at least not any time soon.

While Microsoft choose to unify its mobile and desktop operating systems into one with the launch of Windows 8 – although it does maintain a lower functionality version in Windows RT — Google CEO Eric Schmidt told an event in Delhi recently that, while Chrome and Android will come to have more in common, they solve different problems and so will stay separate.

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“Chrome and Chromium are the world’s best HTML5 authoring and development systems,” Schmidt said, according to a report from Network World, while Java-based Android is focused on mobility.

SourceSchmidt: Chrome and Android will remain separate operating systems

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A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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