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Is Google's Next Big Move to Combine Chrome and Android?

Unlike Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) , which has the Mac OS for computers and iOS for devices, Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) has two operating systems equally capable of powering smartphones and tablets.

Why should investors care? Infighting. Signs point to Google building, say, a Chrome OS powered Nexus tablet in-house and then selling against Samsung and its line of Android-powered tabs.

War seems unlikely given how well Google's partners have done selling Android devices. And yet  investors and observers can hardly be blamed for wondering if the company will combine efforts and create one unified OS. Does Google need to? What's the most likely outcome?

The Motley Fool's Alison Southwick asks Tim Beyers of Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova for his perspective in the video below. Please watch, and then leave a comment to let us know what you think.

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  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2013, at 6:11 AM, H3D wrote:

    "Unlike Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) , which has the Mac OS for computers and iOS for devices, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG ) has two operating systems equally capable of powering smartphones and tablets."

    MacOS and iOS are the same operating system with 2 different user interfaces, one for touch and one for mouse. Apple make great efforts to ensure that this operating system has the best user experience that they can produce and that means accepting, for now at least, that finger touch and mouse click are different.

    Google on the other hand, want as many eyes on their advertisements as possible. So they take the soap powder approach. Google is more likely to build several more free OSs than to do significant work on the ones they've got.

    Also, since Google are flying close to the wind on the legality of their offerings and may end up with large royalty issues, or even embargoes, they are better off with several different OS "products".

  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2013, at 8:48 AM, jupiter217 wrote:

    they better do something as both of their stabs into the pc market are disasters. whoever conceived them should be fired and sent to yahoo. they are both under performing, overpriced paperweights. apples are shamefully overpriced and they blatantly rip off their customers but at least they are good, well configured performers.

  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2013, at 10:53 AM, techy46 wrote:

    Chrome's nothing but a glorified browser and Android's an advertisng virus. Sounds like a match made in hell, full speed ahead.

  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2013, at 12:23 PM, Foolorama wrote:

    If Google does in fact sustain two operating systems simultaneously, I think they are making a mistake. The tablet space - even after Apple stock's correction - is still largely Apple's to lose. The fragmentation, which is Android's Achilles Heel, will only be sustained by not being definitive one way or the other. So developers will once again be directed to develop for iOS, since it is a known quantity with a reasonable return on development. Cast that forward for enterprise, which wants and demands certainty in the face of fast change, and the die is cast...

  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2013, at 12:29 PM, bobbydig wrote:

    Is the best Google can do? No innovation here, just another spy device. I guess the talent is not at Google after all.

  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2013, at 6:16 PM, SRNoyes wrote:

    "War seems unlikely given how well Google's partners have done selling Android devices."

    Only Samsung has done well with Android. Google, LG, Sony, ZTE and others are all seeing losses. HTC is seeing continued declines YoY of handset sales and 90% declines YoY in profit. In short, it is stunning HTC is still posting a profit.

    Android has been a failure for every handset maker that has used if with the exception of Samsung.

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