Google's Schmidt: Android, Chrome will remain separate
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) will not merge its Android and Chrome operating systems, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said Thursday.
Speculation that Google would move to combine its Android mobile OS and Chrome desktop counterpart increased last week after the company announced that longtime Android chief Andy Rubin will explore new opportunities within the organization and Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome and Apps, will assume Rubin's Android duties in addition to his existing responsibilities. Speaking at Google's Big Tent event in New Delhi, Schmidt shot down the rumors and said Google has no plans to abandon either platform, but added there could be more "commonality" between Android and Chrome moving forward.
Schmidt also refuted reports that his intention to sell about 42 percent of his Google stake signals his plans to exit the company: "Google is my home," he said.
Roughly 60 manufacturers worldwide now offer products running the open-source Android OS, and Google has activated more than 750 million Android devices across the globe. According to research firm Gartner, Android made up 69.7 percent of all global smartphone sales in the fourth quarter of 2012, up from 51.3 percent the previous year; comScore adds that Android ranks as the top U.S. smartphone platform, with 52.3 percent market share in January.
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