A new report by the Wall Street Journal has tech journalists on a speculation bender regarding the possibility of Google merging its Android and Chrome OS platforms into one. According to the WSJ, it could be as early as next year.
The move would put Android developers on their toes, requiring a great deal of extra work to catch up with the changes. The two systems are fundamentally different though both are Unix-based. On the one hand, Android has applications installed locally, like a traditional desktop operating system except on mobile devices. On the other, Chrome is a cloud-based system which requires the Internet to run.
Even if the merger or “folding” took [...]