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Google Chrome and Android chief rules out merging operating systems

13 May 2013
Sundar Pichai will replace Andy Rubin as head of Android

Google has no plans to merge its Chrome and Android operating systems, according to the head of both divisions, Sundar Pichai.

Pichai replaced Android chief Andy Rubin earlier this year, in a move that some said signalled an intention by Google to merge the two platforms. However, speaking to Wired, Pichai said there are no plans to converge Chrome and Android in the immediate future.

He said that Google does not want to force a convergence of the platforms and instead any combination of the two operating systems will come out naturally as part of the evolving state of personal computing.

"In the short run, nothing changes. In the long run, computing itself will dictate the changes. We're living through a pivotal moment. It's a world of multiple screens, smart displays, with tons of low-cost computing, with big sensors built into devices," said Pichai.

"At Google we ask how to bring together something seamless and beautiful and intuitive across all these screens. The picture may look different a year or two from now, but in the short term, we have Android and we have Chrome, and we are not changing course."

Last March, Google chairman Eric Schmidt said Chrome and Android would be "separate for a very long time". Pichai backed up Schmidt on the issue. He told Wired that Google will continue to invest in both platforms individually going forward.

Pichai also warned to temper expectations for this year's Google I/O event in San Francisco. He said that Google developers shouldn't expect any major product or operating system launches at this year's presentation.

Google made a splash at last year's I/O event. The search giant unveiled its augmented reality headwear Google Glass at the show in 2012.

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James is a freelance writer and editor. In addition to ClickZ, his work has appeared in publications like V3, The Commonwealth Club, CachedTech.com, and Shonen Jump magazine. He studied Journalism at Weber State University.

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