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Android tablets? Chromebook tablets? How Google thinks both can thrive

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Lemme let you in on a little secret: Google isn’t your average software company.

Understatement of the century, I know, right? But it’s tough to talk about the ever-shifting intersection of Android and Chrome OS without first putting that out there.

I mean, think about it: For just over a decade now, Google’s been simultaneously developing and promoting two totally separate but increasingly overlapping paths for experiencing the best that its apps and services have to offer.

You know the deal: On the one side, you’ve got Android — the go-to platform for touch-centric mobile products. And on the other, there’s Chrome OS — the once-barebones computer framework that’s grown into a powerful and platform-defying “Everything”-level operating system.

For years, the purpose and path of each platform has been easy enough to understand: Android’s been mostly for smartphones, while Chrome OS has been intended for larger laptops, desktop computers, and the most optimal Android-app-supporting tablet experience.

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