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Google's Pichai predicts Chrome OS, Android convergence

While it may be a long time coming, the head of the Chome OS project sees a day when Google no longer has two separate operating systems for mobile devices.

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PALOS VERDES, Calif.--Speaking about the Chrome operating system, which he's in charge of, Google's Sundar Pichai seemed to predict that his product and that other Google operating system, Android, may some day merge.

Android is more mature, he admitted. Google acquired this product and released it fairly well-formed. But Chrome OS was built in-house, and Google was open about it from day one. It's much younger.

But as the mobile, tablet, and desktop platforms gain more power, the products may in fact converge. He pointed to the audience and noted how many people are using a Mac, an Ipad, and an iPhone side by side. They are running different operating systems, "but there will be convergence over time," he predicted, indicating, it seems, his thinking about Android and Chrome as well.

"It's a journey," he said. Windows and the Mac OS "extend over 30 years," he said.

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