Reports: Google’s “Andromeda” is the Android-Chrome OS Merger, Might Debut October 4, Already in Testing, and Coming 2017 on a New Pixel

Holy title. Apologies for that, but there is a lot to talk about when it comes to the potential future of Android and Chrome OS, thanks to numerous reports that surfaced over the weekend while the rest of us were on vacation, relaxing, consuming a half-dozen growlers of fresh hop IPA, and unplugging like all should do on weekends. Let’s catch up.

To start, we will need to take you back to October 2015 to a report from the Wall Street Journal that claimed Google was working on folding Chrome OS into Android to create a single operating system. The report suggested that Google had been working for at least two years on making this move happen, but they still wouldn’t be ready to bring it to stable until some time in 2017 after showing it off to the world in 2016.  (more…)

Video: First Look at Android Apps on Chromebooks

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.

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Poll: Will You Buy a Chromebook Once They Get Android Apps?

Google’s big day 2 announcement at Google I/O centered around the Google Play store and Android apps making their way onto Chromebooks. I followed up that news by writing up a bunch (probably too many) of words on why I think this is a major game-changer and potentially puts the final nail in the Android tablet coffin.

In the early days, we talked about Chromebooks not being powerful enough and lacking the utilities many of us needed to get by on most days. With Android apps, that could (and should) all change, since Google Play includes an app for just about every single one of our favorite PC services.

Obviously, I think this is a huge deal and will take a great deal of time to test out the new functionality once it arrives, but I’m curious to know what the majority of you are thinking now. Are Android apps on Chromebooks enough to get you to buy one? If not, why?

Will You Buy a Chromebook Once They Get Android Apps?

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Chromebooks Just Killed the Tablet

If you are at all considering an Android tablet purchase at the moment, feel free to stop. I say that because in a couple of weeks, Android apps and the Google Play store will arrive on select Chromebooks. By the end of the year, those same apps will arrive on dozens and dozens of additional Chromebooks at varying prices and in a variety of forms, some of which can emulate a tablet experience. This major move of Android apps onto Chromebooks from Google has all but eliminated the need for Android tablets to even exist.

Let me explain.  (more…)

Google Opens the Google Store for Device Sales, Introduces New Chromebook Pixel

Forget update Wednesday, today is about Google’s devices, the new store they plan to sell them through, and a new addition to the line-up. Announced moments ago, say “Hello” to the Google Store, your place to learn about and buy all of the devices made by Google. In the new Google Store, you will also find the new Chromebook Pixel, which introduces some new tech and a slightly lower price tag than the original.  (more…)

NVIDIA Partners With Acer to Launch Tegra K1-powered Chromebook 13

Cheapness, not performance, continues to fuel the popularity of Chromebooks. Their inexpensiveness relative to Windows and Mac laptops makes them an attractive proposition for light tasks such as document processing and web browsing. But NVIDIA wants to change that perception. Announced this morning, the Acer Chromebook 13 packs a Tegra K1 processor, the same found in NVIDIA’s SHIELD Tablet.  (more…)

Google Offering Up 60 Days of All Access for Free to Chromebook Owners, Plus Others

Happy day, folks – Google is giving away 60 days of Google Play Music All Access to certain users, as well as all current owners of a Chromebook. If you have yet to sign up for All Access, the music service that allows users to access millions of on-demand tracks for $9.99 a month, you may see an invite hit your email inbox offering you 60 days of the service for free.  (more…)