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Google puts Android engineering head in charge of Chrome OS, says report

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The ties between Android and Chrome OS are getting stronger

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Google has appointed its vice president of Android engineering to oversee its Chrome OS engineering teams as well. Hiroshi Lockheimer will oversee both at the same time, though he will still report to Sundar Pichai, who has been in charge of both Android and Chrome since 2013.

Google has long hinted that Android and Chrome would eventually be on converging paths, and that was cemented when Pichai was appointed to be in charge of both teams following Andy Rubin's departure. Today's news only furthers the notion that the two platforms will see closer ties in the future. The Journal says that Lockheimer will only be in charge of Chrome OS engineering team, not the Chrome browser, Chromecast, or Chromebook teams.

At the Google I/O developer conference earlier this year, Google showed off how Android apps would work natively in the Chrome OS environment, and last month, the first handful of Android apps became available in the Chrome OS store. With Lockheimer allegedly now in charge of both engineering staffs, we'll likely see even more integration between Google's two operating systems very soon.