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Thomas John, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
Turning a successful service enterprise into a product company is a feat that is difficult to achieve. With Alphabet restructuring, Google is focusing on making its operations effective. Android is one amongst the largest merchandise of Google. And understanding the growing dominance of mobile, Google is moving ahead to combine its desktop-focused Chrome OS and also the Android mobile OS.
As per the media reports, this convergence of Chrome OS and Android was in talks from a while and Android emerged as the obvious winner. To compare the both, Chrome OS is less flexible and more safer.
With Android Marshmallow, Google has progressed on the securty front with mandatory encryption and secure boot. With the future Android N, to be introduced at Google I/O, we can expect Google to move towards laptop-type larger screen devices powered by an advanced Android OS.
While Android Marshmallow concentrated on tightening the security hinges and making Android a corporate-suitable product, Android N will be a major change. Earlier this year, Google announced that the newer versions of Android will be free from unnecessary bloatware and Android N will be the proper platform to start with. Android N which is to be named as Android Nutella or Android Nougat will bring one of the largest changes ever in Android OS.
In the past, Google has Android-running larger screen devices, however Android just didn’t feel right. This move to merge the Chrome OS associated Android OS in Android N is Sundar Pichai’s decision to build an OS that runs on all form. The Android package already runs on smartwatches, TV, tablets, phones – and adding the laptops to this list will be Android’s biggest step yet.