“Alphabet Inc.’s Google plans to fold its Chrome operating system for personal computers into its Android mobile operating system, according to people familiar with the matter, a sign of the growing dominance of mobile computing,” Alistair Barr reports for The Wall Street Journal. “Google engineers have been working for roughly two years to combine the operating systems and have made progress recently, two of the people said. The company plans to unveil its new, single operating system in 2017, but expects to show off an early version next year, one of the people said.”

“Chrome powers personal computers, most often laptops, called Chromebooks. They are niche players, accounting for less than 3% of PCs according to research firm IDC,” Barr reports. “Chrome OS was Google’s effort to bring the Web and browser-centric experience to more devices, encouraging users to access all software and apps through its Chrome browser on cheap, stripped-down laptops. Android was an almost retro approach within the company because it focused on devices that only worked when software and apps were downloaded onto them… Chromebooks will get a new, as yet undetermined, name, the people familiar with the matter said.”

“Microsoft Corp. adopted a similar approach, creating versions of its Windows 10 operating system to power PCs and phones, allowing some apps to run on both devices,” Barr reports. “By contrast, Apple Inc. maintains distinct operating systems: iOS for smartphones and tablets, and OS X for Mac PCs. Chief Executive Tim Cook said last month that combining them ‘subtracts from both, and you don’t get the best experience from either.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Brilliant idea, Google! Proceed apace.

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook