Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) are giants in the operating system world. One would think their ideologies on building an OS might be similar, but that is not the case.
Google has been working towards a corporate restructuring to exist under the parent company recently rebranded as Alphabet. The restructuring process seems to have also extended to the company’s plan for its future OS. Google believes that streamlining the OS sector by combining different operating systems might be the way to go. The company plans to form one OS out of Android and Chrome, though has not been fully confirmed.
Google has also been working on an Android OS suited for PCs to try and widen the reach for the PC market, thus coming up with a platform similar to the one used by Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).
It is a different story across the fence. Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, stated that his company does not plan to combine its mobile operating system with the desktop operating system, OS X. Rumors might have suggested that the company should consider taking that direction, but Tim Cook made his stand solid against merging OS X and iOS.
Speaking at the BoxWorks Conference in October, he stated that Apple does not believe in having a common OS for both mobile and desktop. He supported the claim by adding that combining the two denies some of the important features from either. Apple believes that focusing on the differences between mobile and desktop operating systems allows the firm to exploit the capabilities of each, thus resulting in a better end product for each.
Google claims that bringing Chrome and Android together makes sense because the two have a lot of interior similarities. The fact that both of them also rely on the internet to bring out most of their functionalities is another contributing factor.
An argument that iOS and OS X also have similar features such as touch and touch functionalities would be up for debate but Apple claims they are relatively different. Either way, each of the companies has its stand on what they feel is the ideal path for the future of their software.