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Gmail Creator Paul Buchheit: Chrome OS Will Perish Or “Merge” With Android

December 14th, 2010 12:09 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

Former Googler, FriendFeed founder and Facebook-er turned investor Paul Buchheit just tweeted this zinger:

Prediction: ChromeOS will be killed next year (or “merged” with Android)

Considering his former employer just launched the Chrome OS pilot program last week, the comment may sting a little over at Mountain View, although it should be noted Buchheit is hardly the only one predicting that Google’s Linux-based operating system will go the way of the Wave soon enough.

Google to date has posited that Android and Chrome OS, its two operating systems, address different markets that will remain distinct despite the growing convergence of the devices they run on (netbooks, tablets, smartphones). Google co-founder Sergey Brin, however, has publicly said that Google will “produce a single OS down the road” very recently.

If Buchheit’s prediction is on the money, Android will become the dominant operating system (and considering its current traction, it would hardly be a surprise) while Chrome OS will perish in the near future.

Do you agree with his assertion, or do you think Chrome OS and Android can co-exist?

Source: Gmail Creator Paul Buchheit: Chrome OS Will Perish Or “Merge” With Android

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