From the look of things, Google is following Apple’s Inc. lead by integrating Android applications and notifications into Chromebooks. The main aim of this move is to link the Chrome operating system and Android together just like the way Apple has integrated aspects of the iOS using Yosemite into their most recent version of operating system OS X. Currently, Google Chromebooks display Google Now notifications.
Future versions will be able to display text messages, phone calls and also battery low warnings. Additionally, you will also be able to unlock your Chromebooks via your smartphones. With that said, the introduction of Android apps to Chromebooks and Chrome OS may appear to be a simple shift, but the impact this change will have is going to be monumental. The ripple effect that will be caused by this shift will affect not only Chromebooks but also the entire mobile market.
Redefinition of Chromebook’s Possibilities and Limitations
Irrespective of what you may have read, Chrome OS has proven to be useful for quite some time now. Chrome OS has been exceedingly helpful to specific types of computer users especially those who have been using them for the internet and web-centric services; according to the current trend, a lot of people fall into this category. Nonetheless, users who spend most of their time on the internet, tend to find themselves from time to time an occasional need which can’t be addressed by Chrome OS.
Individuals whose day to day work is conducted in the cloud will make use of Google Drive and Dropbox for file storage, Google Document for word processing and Gmail for sending and receiving emails. However, from time to time they will need a powerful image editor for photo manipulation and a versatile word processor like the Microsoft Office Suite. The addition of Android applications into Chromebook will ensure that these gaps are filled thus making the platform more versatile and viable for many users.
Creation of a New Category of Devices
Most companies have been rushing to create devices which combine a desktop’s productivity friendly environment with the fun and familiarity of a traditional mobile application store. By introducing the entire play store into Chromebooks, Google has managed to convert the Chromebook into a state of the hybrid art computer; a computer that represents both worlds. Apart from just combining Chrome books and trending Android app, Google has promised to align the two platforms in a fascinating way i.e. Chrome and Android will work together to attain a whole new kind of synchronization.
Once the integration is completed, Chromebooks will be able to give users a fast booting, virus free and auto updating environment of the Chrome OS. The new environment will be ideally suited for desktop-caliber productivity and multi-tasking. Additionally, it will also be able to blend web applications and trending Android apps together in an indistinguishable way. The new system will also allow Android applications to run in 1 of 3 window sizes, all readily moveable and also ready for multi-tasking. The applications will automatically support mouse, touch input and keyboard. This, in turn, means that users will have Skype Android Application alongside Google Documents web application and several other Chrome browser tabs.
Creation of an Application Store like No Other
Creation of Android applications will soon mean, the creation of requests for a ridiculously diverse and a huge number of devices together with an entire world of prospective users. Google will not only be creating applications for tablets and smartphone users but also for desktop and laptop users all in a single effort. With Android’s multi-window function’s responsive design optimization already in place, developers are not going to put in extra work so as to ensure that their applications work well on the Chrome Operating System.
The appeal for creating applications for the Google play store is going to be more since the responsive design optimization is already in place; many developers will be motivated to make the Chrome slash Android a priority.
A World of New Possibilities
Chrome Operating system and Google Chrome share a lot of DNA because the operating system is based on the cross-platform browser. Tech Gurus have suggested that just like the way Google has allowed Android applications to run on the Chrome OS, Google will soon use the same system to allow these applications to run on other operating systems but within Google’s Chrome browser. At the moment, all these ideas are purely hypothetical, but very achievable since Google’s main goal is to have the user to spend more time on the internet while making use of their services.
According to wearable tech digest, the integration of Android applications into Chrome OS means that Chromebooks will soon become a multiform gadget which will run Android-based applications alongside web applications. Chromebooks will function as Android tablets, laptops, and convertibles. However, they won’t be now using Android but rather Chrome OS, which will be fully incorporated into android’s environment, all the way to native notifications and application to application sharing. Additionally, web applications and Android applications are going to be nearly indistinguishable from the new system.