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Despite Schmidt comments, merger of Chrome OS, Android still possible, analyst says

Matt Hamblen | March 22, 2013
The appointment of Chrome chief Sundar Pichai to succeed Andy Rubin also seen as a clue to Google's plans

Gold predicted some Android components will become more common with Chrome, but added: "There's no reason to have a thin OS like Chrome get burdened with all the features and overhead of Android."

One prediction is that programming between Chrome and Android will become more common and be built around HTML 5. "But even with common programming, the capabilities for Android in sensors and drivers will be richer than in Chrome for the foreseeable future," Gold added.

Even though Android runs 70% of the smartphones being released globally, according to Gartner and IDC, Schmidt said during the recorded event that he actually uses a BlackBerry device, although he didn't specify which one. When he said he uses BlackBerry he added, "although BlackBerry is certainly in trouble."

BlackBerry has been a long-time supplier of smartphones to business executives, many of whom favor the qwerty keyboard over a virtual keyboard. Even so, BlackBerry has fallen to about 5% of the global market in smartphones, according to both IDG and Gartner.


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