Over the years Google s mobile operating system Android, and desktop operating system Chrome OS have come closer, and a recent management shift inside Google campus suggests further merging between the two. According to Wall Street Journal, Google s vice president of engineering for Android mobile-operating system Hiroshi Lockheimer is now also overseeing the engineering team behind Chrome OS. Also Read - Apple Music Lossless, Spatial Audio features with Dolby Atmos coming soon to IndiaAlso Read - Google announces six new Android features, which will roll out this year
Citing people familiar with the matter, the Journal reports that Linus Upson, who was spearheading Chrome has left his role. As of now it is not clear what next he will be doing. Whereas, Lockheimer will not spearhead engineering for the Chrome browser, Chromecast TV streaming device or Chromebook personal computer hardware, the report adds. Also Read - Hitman Sniper: The Shadows mobile game announced: Agent 47 is missing
The future merger isn t too away from us, as the two operating systems have already begun to converge together. Earlier this year at Google’s IO event, Android, Chrome, and Apps chief Sundar Pichai announced that Chrome OS-powered Chromebooks will soon support Android apps. Last month, the company released a few apps Android apps for Chrome OS. Furthermore, the company had also announced features that would eventually allow a Chromebook to notify users when they are getting phone calls.
Bringing two platforms together would simplify work for software developers, who as of now are required to make different versions of their apps for two operating systems. The merging will allow them to use a vast majority of code for one platform in the other.