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Google’s Schmidt Says Executive Moves Don’t Necessarily Mean Chrome OS and Android Getting Hitched

When Google announced last week that responsibility for Android was shifting to Chrome head Sundar Pichai, it was an easy assumption that Google might be headed toward merging its two operating systems.

However, that’s not necessarily going to be the case, a fact reiterated this week by none other than Google Chairman Eric Schmidt.

The two products will remain separate, though they may have more overlap going forward, Schmidt said during a talk in India, according to Reuters.


Indeed, the two have been growing closer, especially since Chrome finally became the browser inside Android.

But closer doesn’t mean one and the same.

Pichai himself said he’s okay with there being two operating systems, at the recent Chromebook Pixel launch.

“We’re comfortable at Google with two viewpoints, and we are doing both,” he said.

Of course, tech companies are famous for saying they aren’t going to do something, right until they do it.

We’ll be sure to ask Schmidt about this and other topics when he takes the stage next month at our D: Dive Into Mobile conference in New York.

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— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik