As we noted this morning, Chrome OS 53 is rolling out to Chromebooks, bringing with it Google Play and Android apps. Three devices are scheduled to receive that access this month and the ASUS Chromebook Flip just so happens to be the first to go live. Since we have one in house, it’s only fitting that we take it for a spin to show you just how this whole Android-on-a-Chromebook thing is going to work.
Keep in mind that this is Chrome OS 53 in the developer channel and it is running on the Chromebook Flip, which isn’t exactly the most powerful of computers (2GB RAM, 16GB storage, Rockchip 3288-C). What I’m trying to say is that there will be bugs and slowness – lots of both. Not only that, but things aren’t going to be the smoothest or quickest just yet, since this is the first release and all. Still, this is pretty cool stuff.
In the video below, you’ll see how to get setup with Google Play on your supported Chromebook and take a tour of the store, install an app or two, and then enter a quick walk-through of apps and games up and running on the device.
Google just spent a special session here at I/O, telling the press that Chrome OS and Chromebooks are gaining access to Google Play. And yep, that means Android apps running on your Chromebook. That’s….a huge announcement!
We’re getting a preview of the news right now, so stick with this page as we continue to update it. (more…)
“Choose from over a million apps and games on Google Play to install and use on your Chromebook,” says a screenshot shared to reddit over the weekend. Think about that for a second. All of the Android apps you have been running on your phones and tablets for years, now running on Google’s other desktop-like operating system that has always been a tough sell to many of us because of its lack of functionality. Would you be interested in a Chromebook if it ran all of your favorite apps? (more…)
Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Google would soon fold Chrome OS into Android and unveil a single operating system to rule them all within the next two years. Google, since the report first stole headlines, has come out to deny such claims. Well, they have at least said that they have “no plan to phase out Chrome OS.”
In a blog post penned today to the Chrome Blog, SVP of Android, Chrome OS, and Chromecast, Hiroshi Lockheimer, states that they are certainly working to bring together the best of both operating systems, but that’s about as far as he would go. He also didn’t exact deny much, other than the quote above about not phasing Chrome OS out. (more…)
According to a report out of the Wall Street Journal, Google is taking Chrome OS and folding it into Android to create one operating system to rule them all. For at least the past two years, according to WSJ sources, engineers have been working to combine the two, but have recently made significant progress. In fact, the progress is far enough along that Google is hoping to unveil this new single operating system in 2017, but may show it off as early as 2016. (more…)
According to a new report, Google will announce another consumer-marketed Pixel device, but this year, it won’t be a Chromebook powered by Chrome OS. Rumored to sport the name Pixel C, the device will be a tablet with a 10.2″ display, featuring Android 6.0 and NVIDIA-made Tegra X1 processor with 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM. (more…)
A fancy new version of Hangouts is available for Chrome, supporting a variety of OS users on Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, and even Mac OSX. From what we can see, the UI has been updated to match that of the Android look, but with a dedicated lefthand panel for your recent Hangout sessions. (more…)
Acer unveiled the new Chromebase today, an all-in-one desktop computer that features a 21.5″ Full HD touchscreen display. Outside of the NVIDIA-made Tegra K1 quad-core processor, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, Acer has not given many specifications for the machine. (more…)