Googles Chrome OS and Chromebooks has never been a big success, the same way as Windows RT (and I happen to have both versions of them, the first Surface RT and the Surface 2). So what happens now is that Google will merge the Chrome OS with Android (it does not happen according to Google). I suspected this at the time when Google introduced Pixel C to the world (well I wished). It was so obvious. Chrome OS just made the OS pallet more complicated and that’s why I think Chromebooks were more “popular” only in education or in personal use than it would have made an impact in the corporate world.
I think this would have been a good move from Google. They could have concentrated all their development efforts only to Android. I believe that Android phones and tablets are good and inexpensive way for small businesses to start using mobile productivity solutions. Businesses who do not need tight security or Active Directory integration to their backend systems can experiment with Android apps specially built for their needs. And the best of all is that Android users can use all the Office products with Office 365 subscription as well as Apple users.
I do not know anybody from my circle to ever have had an Chromebook. My youngest son used Chromebook at school last year, but now as he is in high school he has his own Surface 3 which he uses daily. I would have liked to try the Chromebook for a while, but I would never have bought one.
I would like to have seen Android for all devices as Microsoft has Windows 10.
Update (3.11.2015) to Chrome OS news by Chrome OS SVP Hiroshi Lockheimer:
“There’s been some confusion about the future of Chrome OS and Chromebooks based on speculation that Chrome OS will be folded into Android. While we’ve been working on ways to bring together the best of both operating systems, there’s no plan to phase out Chrome OS.”
So the news about the integration of Chrome OS to Android circulated on the web was only speculation and no fact. So edited my original post a bit.