When a statue is just a statue: Google unveils a “Chrome” Android on its campus

Daniel Bader

January 31, 2013 4:00pm

It’s very easy to conflate rumour with truth, confuse desire with direction. Google unveiled a new chrome-coloured Android statue on its campus yesterday, across the street from where the company models its new Android versions in food form.

Because of the proximity to the Android building, and the unceasing rumours of a merger between Chrome OS and Android in recent months, many enthusiasts, including some journalists, are speculating that this is a big tease for an upcoming Android announcement.

But let me be the devil’s advocate for a moment and take the word of Paul Wilcox, the Google employee who posted the photo, at face value:

“I work for Google as Android’s Community Manager. I’m not a coder, I’m a user-facing person who talks to people about Android stuff and shares their feedback with the product team. To be clear, this post is a little tongue-in-cheek and is not meant to be a sneaky announcement of a new version of Android. It is, however, an announcement of a new statue.”

It’s highly unlikely that Google would do anything at this point to disrupt the flow of Android development by merging its code with Chrome OS. The new statue could be an indication that the teams are working more closely — the latest version of Chromium for desktops points to a notification centre and Google Now integration — but I’d bet against being able to run Chrome OS apps on your Android phone anytime soon. Bluestacks already has a product that allows users to run Android apps on a laptop, but that integration is a hack at best, as most Android apps are not meant to be blown up to such sizes.

Still, anything Google does is analyzed with intense scrutiny, and it makes sense for loyal customers to want to find meaning in the new chrome-coloured statue.

And who knows, I may be wrong.

Source: Google+
Via: Droid-Life



    • Nasdaq

      “It’s very easy to conflate rumour with truth, confuse desire with direction”

      -Please stop it with the articles about Blackberry.
      You have to give Alicia Keys a chance!

  • Eduardo


  • John

    Needs to be holding a Key Lime Pie

  • Henaway

    “most Android apps are not meant to be blown up to such sizes.” Well, they better be meant to be – and FAST! How many 1080p Android phones are coming our way this year? Good enough for a phone, good enough for a laptop, right? Reality is, phone resolutions and desktop resolutions are now mostly one and the same. Heck, I don’t have a 1080p display in my house – except the TVs. Laptops are 720p. Tablets are lower. Phones are lower still. There will be convergence. Question is, how soon?

    • Uncle Fred

      Besides high resolution support, Android needs to start thinking about a dock mode. The Note 2 already ultra close to having the juice to run desktop intensive programs, and heck it even has a dock with USB input, stereo audio, and 1080p video output.

      We are quickly approaching the age of pocket all purpose computing. Android needs to move fast to meet these changes.

  • anonymous

    Where is the RIP RIM guy?


      He has nothing more to say since RIM does not exist anymore & RIP BlackBerry is too long for his narrow mind to get around lol

    • metoo

      He was technically right though. RIM is dead.

  • Oldschool

    Or it could just be a chrome android, no?

  • Threecube

    If there was ever a good time for Google to push a Google OS, it would be right now. Windows 8 is struggling to get people to upgrade and like the new OS. Steam is hinting at starting to push linux gaming. Why not have a secure linux OS by a big name company that is actually good for gaming. I like OSX but it’s UI is outdated and it’s just not for gaming.

  • Bravo – Bravo – Zulu – 1 – 0

    This tells me 2 things:

    1) Google clearly has way too much money and they don’t know what to do with it

    2) Not much happening today, so even a statue becomes newsworthy

  • Tom

    Android 4.2 greatly increased the support for pushing video to external displays via cable or wireless. One of the reasons for this could be such that an Android device can drive Google glasses as a secondary display, but it also sets some of the plumbing necessary to use your phone or tablet as your PC.

  • Miknitro

    I as thinking it had something to do with chrome the browser.

  • A_Person_of_Interest

    ‘but I’d bet against being able to run Chrome OS apps on your Android phone anytime soon’

    Why in hell would you want to run apps from a loser platform like Chromebook on Android when you can add the hundreds of thousands of Android Apps on Chromebook, which would then add some legitimacy to the Chromebook platform?