Numerous news stories, based on a single Reuters report, which state that Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, had said that Android and Chrome OS would remain separate products with possibly some overlap, appear to be incorrect.
Schmidt actually did not rule out the new Linux-based operating systems eventually merging. Joe Wilcox of BetaNews found a video of Schmidt’s question and answer session at the Google Big Tent Summit in New Delhi, India. In the video, we see Schmidt answering a question about whether or not Google might put an end to Android or Chrome OS now that one person, Sundar Pichai, will lead both Android and Chrome groups.
Schmidt responded, “No, is the answer. We don’t make decisions based on who the leader is … [Google makes decisions] based on where the technology takes us.”