Andromeda OS: Google to beat Apple with Android, Chrome mix

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Google just turned 18 and wants to take its rivals seriously.

Enter Andromeda OS – another tool that the is expected to unveil in the next 24 hours which it claims to comprise of Google’s best two operating systems — Chrome and Android.

“This is a masterstroke from Google as it tries to create its own ecosystem of devices and rope in more developers as it has sets its crosshairs on rivals like Apple and Microsoft,” said Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst of Greyhound Research

“Code once and deploy anywhere. This is what Google wants to achieve for developers by bringing together the two OSes. This will act as an incentive for developers to code for Andromeda first than iOS as they will be able to target more users,” Gogia explained adding that apps and the continued ecosystem via different devices was at the heart of Apple’s success.

He also pointed out that Microsoft has been trying to do the same with Windows 10 and universal apps but is yet to successful due to the poor number of users on the platform. However, Google shouldn’t have any problems, he said, adding that Android led the mobile OS ecosystem in terms of market share with iOS trailing behind.

However, Tarun Pathak, senior analyst from Counterpoint Research, believes that the OS will not add enough users to generate substantial revenue streams. “The laptops market is consolidated and mature and hence it will take a lot from Google to start taking over from rivals,” he explained.

Google launched affordable Chromebooks in India with which it wanted to capture the affordable laptops market segment. The company claims that the laptops had gained traction in the education and health sector.

On the other hand, Satya Nadella-driven Microsoft Corporation is hoping to drive up volume of Windows 10 by offering PCs and portable workstations at ultra-shabby costs in India.

“We are currently offering tablets at Rs 9,999 which is equivalent to a spending fragment cell phone,” Alvaro Celis, VP, worldwide field deals OEM at Microsoft, told HT, including that the offerings were in accordance with Microsoft’s objective of having Windows 10 introduced on one billion gadgets.

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