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It’s ChromeOS Now, Not Chrome OS

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Chrome OS, Google’s Linux-based operating system for its Chromebook devices, has been around for more than a decade, but the company made a small but noticeable rebranding: It’s now called ChromeOS, with no space between the of them. James Croom, Google’s senior marketing manager for ChromeOS, confirmed the change to The rod.

You can see the change for yourself all over Google’s ChromeOS dev page (though the official logo at the top appears to have a lowercase c.)

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That’s three whole spaces recorded just in this screenshot. (And four if you count the logo.)
Screenshot of Google’s ChromeOS Developer Page

The change has not yet rolled out everywhere. On this ChromeOS page on Google’s Chromebook site, for example, Google still spells operating system as two separate words. According to Croom, the company is aware that the change isn’t reflected everywhere, but is working to make it appear more consistently, so it looks like the rebranded ChromeOS will eventually be superseded.

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Look at those spaces!
Screenshot of Google’s Chrome OS page on its Chromebooks site

I know it’s not the biggest problem in the world, but we here at The rod love to look at Brand and Logos. Apple has long since moved its operating systems to the “thingOS” brand, and I wonder if Google could do something similar. Wear OS still has a gap — maybe Google will ditch it in favor of WearOS when the Pixel Watch launches this fall? I will also write the word “AndroidOS” so that we can collectively manifest it into existence. Or better yet, “FuchsiaOS. »

I (mostly) joke about the latter two, and we have no indication that Google is planning to change anything other than ChromeOS. But if you’ve gotten used to writing Chrome OS with this space, it’s officially time to stop.

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