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- It's obvious that Chrome OS and Android OS are converging, and this will likely be the thrust of Android 5.0.
The desktop experience of Android is passable but sub-optimal. The application ecosystem of Chrome OS is pretty much "the web". Both OSs are based upon Linux and both designed to operate with a small footprint with the majority of storage placed in the cloud.
With regard to Chrome OS, standards compliant HTML5 is still too weak with too few bindings to the OS layer to build a rich application experience upon. Chrome OS has engineered its way around the problem without the time for those extra features required to become part of web standards. Android's app ecosystem would bolster the app situation, although it would likely have to improve its current sandboxing which relies too much upon users paying attention to obscure requested (but quite often dangerous permissions).
That said, Android is weaker than Chrome OS when it comes to transparent updates, and trusted computing, due to Chrome OS "apps" pretty much being web-pages in silos without the benefits of the intents.
Such a hybrid OS is far more likely to be branded under Android than under Chrome OS, although in "desktop" mode, it will look pretty similar to the Chrome OS we know now, albeit with sandboxed native apps and access to hundreds of thousands of apps under Google Play Apps (silly name for an app store)Nov 27, 2012