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“Chrome OS is here to stay”, Google says

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Last week a controversial report from the Wall Street Journal claimed that Google is working on ‘folding’ Chrome OS into Android. The new, combined operating system would apparently launch in 2017, although it’s said to already have been in the works for a couple of years.

Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome OS, and Chromecast, soon after put out a tweet disputing the information, and today he’s written an entire official blog post about the situation.

“Chrome OS is here to stay”, he says, trying to once and for all put an end to all the speculation. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about Google wanting (or “needing”) to combine its two operating systems, although oddly not many in the media seem as convinced that Apple should do the same with Mac OS and iOS.

Lockheimer clearly states that “there’s no plan to phase out Chrome OS”. And he also uses the occasion to give us some stats regarding Chrome OS. Every school day, 30,000 new Chromebooks are activated in US classrooms, which is more than all of their competitors combined. 2 million teachers and students in more than 150 countries have the Share to Classroom Chrome extension, which gets students all onto the same webpage instantly. This seems to imply that Chrome the browser or Chrome OS is a staple in classrooms across the world, not just the US.

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Chrome OS is here to stay, Google says

The Google SVP also name-drops the upcoming Asus Chromebit (pictured above), which is apparently going to be available in the next couple of weeks for $85. The Chromebit is a Chrome OS running HDMI dongle that can turn any TV into a computer.

Finally, we’re being given an idea of what to expect from Chrome OS in the future: a new media player, a visual refresh based on Material Design, improved performance, and a continued focus on security. Oh, and “dozens” of new Chromebooks should be announced next year.

Source: gsmarena.com

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14 thoughts on ““Chrome OS is here to stay”, Google says

  1. There is no actual place or need for chrome os.. If one needs a laptop they would buy windows or Mac.. Chromebook is just like a tablet with keyboard…

  2. Big Daddy, 13 hours agoThere is no actual place or need for chrome os.. If one needs a laptop they would buy windows … moreIts perfect for schools as a cheap desktop though, which is their main market.

  3. Big Daddy, 12 hours agoThere is no actual place or need for chrome os.. If one needs a laptop they would buy windows … moreWrong. I need a laptop but I don’t want Windows nor Mac. Ergo – there is a need for ChromeOS.

  4. Lol. He compared it to OSX. Windows and OSX are full fledged OSes. Chrome OS can’t hold a candle to them.

  5. They said they won’t discontinue Chrome OS – but hey didn’t say nothing about continue Android – so Android is the one which will die 😛

  6. Big Daddy, 12 hours agoThere is no actual place or need for chrome os.. If one needs a laptop they would buy windows … moreFor 95% of people, that’s all they need 95% of the time. Chromebooks have their place.

  7. Anonymous, 12 hours agoWrong. I need a laptop but I don’t want Windows nor Mac. Ergo – there is a need for ChromeOS.And in what way is it better than either of them..?

  8. Now I fully understand what they’re trying to do with this… I hate to admit that this OS really provides all I need. But I have a phone, pc, and a laptop/tablet. Don’t you dare tell me to check my privileges.

  9. I was excited to hear android integration to chrome… And please GOOGLE, don’t call it a computer which is running Chrome OS! According to Google, this is only good for kinder garden kids in school. Every time they talk about Chrome OS, they mention about activation of Chrome OS in school!

  10. Anonymous, 9 hours agoWrong. I need a laptop but I don’t want Windows nor Mac. Ergo – there is a need for ChromeOS.Why don’t you use Linux?!

  11. Linux, 1000 times better than Chrome OS. I think some company should offer their laptop with Linux OS, only than it will bring some competition in OS market. HP, Lenovo can do this easily. They can design their own OS!

  12. Anonymous, 5 hours agoThey said they won’t discontinue Chrome OS – but hey didn’t say nothing about continue Android… moreHahaha :)

  13. Microsoft should introduce a free windows students OS with 3d desktop and holo lens support

  14. Why this website do not have different languages support?

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