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Whenever Google needs to sweep bad news under the rug, they send out former CEO Eric Schmidt. His latest mission? Convincing people the search giant won't combine Android with Chrome someday.
Reuters is reporting that Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has gone on the record by stating that the company's mobile-centric Android and fledging Chrome operating systems "will remain separate products," but doesn't dismiss the idea that the two might also find some harmonious overlap at the same time.
The former Google CEO is in New Delhi, India this week as part of a multi-country tour to promote internet access. During an interview there, Schmidt was asked about the departure of Android boss Andy Rubin and the announcement that the company's two operating systems will now be run by a single person: Sundar Pichai, the man in charge of Chrome as well as Gmail and Google Drive.
The question now is: Can we believe him? According to TechCrunch, Schmidt claimed the exact opposite just over two years ago, announcing at Mobile World Congress that Android and Chrome were indeed on a path to convergence.
“We’re working overtime to get those technologies merged in the right way,” Schmidt said in February, 2011, while noting: “I learned a long time ago, don’t force technology to merge when it’s not ready, wait for the technology to mature to the point when it can be merged.”
Schmidt also dismissed rumors that he plans to leave Google, calling the company his "home" and denying recent reports that he might soon land a government position.
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