Android is a big deal for Google. It is Google's portal for the smartphone market, where it maintains a global dominance. It is also Google's choice of operating system for newfangled computing platforms, like wearables and cars.
And it may soon eat away at the primary home of Google's other operating system, Chrome.
Starting next year, the company will work with partners to build personal computers that run on Android, according to sources familiar with the company's plans. The Chrome browser and operating systems aren't disappearing — PC makers that produce Chromebooks will still be able to use Chrome. But they will now have the choice of Android. And its arrival suggests the supremacy of mobile inside Google, which has prioritized how to best handle the shift away from desktop across all its divisions.
The Wall Street Journal earlier reported the change.