Schmidt: Chrome, Android to stay separate, but may overlap

Google's executive chairman also says that rumors he might be leaving the company are "completely false."

Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president of engineering in charge of Chrome, the Google Apps, and now Android.
Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president of engineering in charge of Chrome, the Google Apps, and now Android. Seth Rosenblatt/CNET

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said Android and Chrome will stay separate, according to a new report.

Speaking to reporters in India today, Schmidt said that despite changes to the mobile operating system's leadership, Android and Chrome will not be combined, according to Reuters, which was in attendance. Schmidt did say, however, that there might be more overlap between the operating systems.

In addition to Android and Chrome, Schmidt was asked about rumors that he might be considering leaving Google. Schmidt unequivocally denied he would leave, calling the rumors "completely false."

"Google is my home," he told reporters.

Android is the world's most popular mobile operating system. Chrome OS is Google's cloud-based answer to more traditional operating systems, like Windows and OS X.

Talk of the possibility of Chrome and Android coming together arose last week when Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president of engineering in charge of Chrome succeeded Andy Rubin as head of the search giant's mobile operating system. Pichai will also remain in charge of Chrome.

When Google CEO Larry Page announced the change, he didn't say whether changes were coming to either operating system.

 

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