The biggest smartphone technology event in a decade may be just one year away. Google appears to be working hard to replace Android with its current PC desktop/laptop operating system, Chrome OS — commonly referred to as “Chromebook” and “Chromebox” products.

These new smartphones and tablets would be called “Chromephones” and “Chromepads.” The Chromephones would launch around the middle of 2014.

This replacement of Android in favor of Chrome OS should not be a surprise to readers of this column, as I first predicted it, in this article, two years ago.

Clearly, I was too optimistic about the timing. That said, my fundamental prediction remains, on an amended time schedule.

So, why would Google do this? There are two basic reasons:
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