No; I don’t have any indisputable proof but if you go back and look, in about 2009 or 2010 I said that Android would dominate global marketshare for cell phones. I was wrong about tablets but perhaps read on and ignore that. Here is how I think the supposed convergence will actually happen.
There has been recent news about the play store coming to Chrome OS devices. This is big news and it signals how Chrome will gain millions of apps which have history of development, pathways to new devices, and also allow extensions of how we use Chrome. Imagine for a moment, the use of Word or Excel on Chrome without the rather pitiful online version. This would be the full monte folks able to run on a chromebook. Same with other productivity applications that have been on Android for some time. The Android subsystem would manage updates much like it does on regular Android devices. JR Raphael saw this coming months ago with an innocent thing being ported over but now we can see the full impact. Suddenly the chromebook is not a “online experience” primarily. It becomes much more. It shares the same ecosystem but still has its own apps or extensions perhaps. The main thing is the convergence is not about taking two OS’es and making them into one. The real thing is making apps available on one from the other. Huge deal for chromebooks and Androids. Suddenly you get the same app on both platforms to do tasks. Becoming more productive is only a sideline of this whole thing. The real thing is the ecosystem being shared. Barriers to how a device is used or not break down. Apps can run dynamically and share data and perhaps we can use the tools like fastboot and adb finally on chrome devices or perhaps we even more beyond those tools and get a network aware method of doing this basic work. File systems become shared between chrome and androids. This is huge! This one thing cannot be done on IOS devices still. There is no mountable file system and each application uses a data file in its own sandbox. Android is so much more and one can plop down an XLS file and use it across applications. Suddenly though, you can use the same file on your chromebook or advanced chrome browser enabled windows, MAC, or Linux platform. A thing as simple as making a file available and not copying it to cloud storage is huge. This is all done securely though in some manner that El Goog will work out. Finally, I think a large thing is to provide the same user experience on apps from a phone to a chromebook. Perhaps finally we can see some tablets which cross over and allow one to become productive by using both sets of apps to full advantage. The Pixel C’s idea may be to extend the ecosystem with its powerful processor and display which I think still is not really used. Its not just side by side apps folks. Its ecosystem by ecosystem apps where each can share transparently and you can work wherever you find yourself with whatever device.
A new chromebook inherits all the apps just like it does now but you also can share remote file systems you have mounted before by entering some kind of key. Your phone truly becomes an extension and things like SMS on a chromebook become real without installing clumsy helper apps.
Yes dear readers; the entire thing is plausible and possible. We already have the beginnings of it as JR pointed out so long ago. The convergence is not about slimming down to one mobile OS. Its about making an ecosystem available to another and then blending them to make you more productive. Imagine the popularity hit of chromebooks in schools and colleges and work. I’ve always dreamed of a workplace where a chromebook is handed out and we RDP to classic windows server to manage the day to day. The chromebook matters not. Everything is saved in the cloud. Powerful juice readers! By allowing android apps both the remote windows session and the local chrome OS session become more enhanced.
Will it happen? Who knows.