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Google isn’t merging Android and Chrome OS, it’s just stealing their best parts

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Rumors that Google would merge Android and Chrome OS, or even just outright kill Chrome OS, have been coming and going for years.

At its I/O 2016 developer conference, the company finally unveiled its grand plan: Android and Chrome OS aren t merging yet?

, but their best features, respectively, are being ported over.Late last year, when the Android and Chrome OS merging rumor resurfaced once again, I said there was only one feature that Google needed to bring from Chrome OS to Android, and that s exactly what happened.

In short, devices running Android N or greater will be able to install system updates in the background.

Instead, Google is bringing it to Chrome OS/Android.Both features are coming later this year, and it s certainly possible that key components will change.

Still, we finally have a proper understanding of Google s vision: Instead of merging Android and Chrome OS, or maybe before doing so, it s bringing them closer together.The two could still merge someday.

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