It makes a heck of a lot of sense to me for Google to do this as having Chrome OS and Android as separate OS’s is counterproductive.
Google Chrome OS vs Google Android
Some people have suggested that perhaps it would go the opposite way (e.g. bringing Android apps to ChromeOS) as that would allow Google to move forward with one OS as well as bring their own OS back under their control again.
Either way, the result is the same.
As far as “is this the beginning of Android surge to Windows Laptop market?” goes…the answer is no, I don’t believe so.
In truth the beginning of Android creeping into the Windows Laptop market started with the release of the first wave of Android on tablets. This is simply a continuation of that movement.
Microsoft nailed it with the hybrid form-factor, which I think is going to define the next 10 years of PC computing. Cloning Microsoft’s strategy is Google’s best response, and to be honest I think it’s the right one.
How popular this will be is anyone’s guess. Microsoft have fought off a long line of crappy free Linux cloners so it’s going to be interesting to see if Google’s muscle can have more of an impact.
The worst case scenario for Microsoft is that they are forced to drop the cost of Windows on consumer devices to $0, which as a consumer, I’d be more than happy to see!
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