Don’t Count on Chrome Merging With Android

Last week, Google revealed that Andy Rubin was leaving his post as head of all things Android, clearing the way for Sundar Pichai to move over to Android from his previous work on Chrome. That had us wondering what the future might be like for these two products, and if we might see some sort of Androidifcation of Chrome, or vice versa. Now Google’s Eric Schmidt is speaking out about those rumors, and making clear that they each have their separate paths.

We don’t get to hear Schmidt go into much detail on what the transition will mean, but he does say that while there may be some “overlap” between the projects, Chrome and Android will ultimately remain separate. Obviously, having Chrome the new default browser since Ice Cream Sandwich is a part of this overlap that we’ve already seen, and perhaps now, even as they stay distinct, we’ll see a few additional signs of each show through to the other.

None of this answers any questions about Andy Rubin, and while he’s going to be sticking around Google in one form or another, no one’s quite sure just what his new role is supposed to be.

Source: Reuters
Via: phoneArena

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