Google’s VP of engineering, Linus Upson, downplays suggestions of a Chrome OS tablet, but hints that Chrome and Android could converge at some point in the future.
Just two weeks prior to the Google I/O conference, which is expected to throw up Google's first own-brand tablet, Upson told the folks at TechRadar that the company has no such plans to introduce a model running the Chrome operating system.
“We are not working on a Chrome OS tablet”, said Upson. “We have our hands full in delivering a wonderful experience on desktop and laptop and the Android team have their hands full bringing a great experience on phone and tablet. But the two teams are working together even more closely.”
If this was a mere hint at Android and Chrome coming closer together, then Upson offered up more, citing Apple and Microsoft as good examples why Android and Chrome could converge in future.
"The use cases in technology stacks on phone and tablet are very different to desktop and laptop, as are the user expectations, and the types of things you do are also very different," said Upson.
"That's why everyone has two different solutions for these problems. Apple has Mac OS and iOS, Microsoft has two – they just happen to call them both Windows – and at Google we do the same.
"But I think everyone does expect you will see more and more convergence and bringing together of [the two projects] so you can get the best of both”.