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Eric Schmidt turned heads when he told a gathering of Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) fans and users at a recent event in India that Android and Chrome wouldn't merge despite leadership changes. No moves to merge? Nonsense, says Tim Beyers of Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova.

In the following video, Tim points out that Schmidt's justification -- that Android and Chrome "solve different problems" -- doesn't make sense when you consider that Chrome OS is running a variety of Web apps that also have Android versions.

Combining could save time for developers and make it easier to position its handsets and Chromebooks against Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) market-leading options. Do you agree? Disagree? Please watch and then weigh in using the comments box below.

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  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2013, at 8:34 PM, gskorich wrote:

    if chrome and android don't merge it will be a bigger problem for google. sooner or later device makers are going to want their own versions of android. look at what amazon has done. Samsung is next. the best way to avoid this fragmentation is to combine the two and update everyone to the same version.

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2013, at 11:08 PM, zippero wrote:

    Google's lost control of Android, which is profiting Samsung much more than Google and Samsung even wants an Apple-like 75% cut of Google's mobile search revenues on its Android devices above the 10% it currently gets. Apple already gets 75% of Google's cash-cow mobile search revenues on all iOS devices. When Samsung and Apple have so much leverage over Google in the mobile world and force it to make 75% payments unlike in the desktop world where Google initially succeeded, it's time for Google to try to regain and reassert control over its mobile destiny, which means merging open-source Android into proprietary Chrome OS and start making the whole thing proprietary which will give Google the control and mobile profitability it desperately needs.

  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2013, at 6:50 PM, davaidesign wrote:

    Chrome OS is nothing but a glorified browser. It would be costly and useless to build it out to run Android apps. Android already has a browser, and as it evolves it will be able to do more and more of what desktop Chrome OS does. There's nothing to merge here.

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