With both Microsoft’s new Windows 10 phones and the all-new Microsoft Continuum, Google is starting to feel the pressure to keep up with the new trend that MS beat everyone else to the market with. The new information was originally reported by the Wall Street Journal and Google has yet to confirm any of it; but it would make sense for Google to follow through with it since it would give them one of the best gateways into getting their Chrome OS out there.
Currently Chromebooks aren’t the hottest commodity on the market as Windows still dominates the PC market. However, if Chrome OS came pre-loaded on the back end of every Android phone, users may be more tempted to give the OS a chance since it’s right there in their pocket.
Apparently Google has been working on this for the last two years and plan to release it by 2017, with a visual preview of it sometime next year. If you ask me, it sounds more like a PR cover story to hide the fact that it wasn’t until the last year when someone at Google saw what MS was doing and said “oh crud, that’s a WONDERFUL idea–why didn’t we think about this?!”.
Of course there won’t be any confirmed dates or intentions for the project until Google is ready to come out with it to the public. We will be excited to see where they go with this.