Google, at its I/O developer’s conference announced that the Android app store, Google Play, is coming to Chrome OS, the software running on its Chromebook laptops. This is a huge step made by the company to unite its two operating systems, Chrome and Android, an it will well received by users. What this means? well, with Chromebooks running millions of Android apps, more functionality will be available to Google’s laptop also since quite a lot of users prefer to play games on bigger screens, this would be a better option than using smartphones.
“Our users have often told us that they would like to do even more with their Chromebooks — run more apps, use Office files more easily, connect with a variety of apps, and do more when they’re offline. So, we’re bringing Google Play (the most popular app store in the world) to Chromebooks. This means you’ll be able to download and use Android apps, so you can make a Skype call, work with Office files and be productive offline — or take a break with games like Minecraft, Hearthstone or Clash of Clans”
The same apps that run on phones and tablets can now run on Chromebooks without compromising their speed, simplicity or security.
Google also showed demos on stage, showing how easy it will be to do something like edit a photo in Adobe’s Photoshop app with a bigger screen or have more control while playing a game such as Clash of Clans which was previously found only on the Android platform. According to a representative “You can write your term paper and get your Snapchats all on the same device without ever having to take your phone out of your pocket.”
With Google Chromebooks getting full access to Android’s Google Play store, app developers will definitely add more to the design and features of their app so as to match up with the new screen size found on Chrome laptops. This new feature will make Chrome OS to be a more useful desktop operating system.
Like seriously, this is one if the best news from I/O all week! So? do you consider buying a Chromebook?
A Chromebook is a laptop running Chrome OS as its operating system. The devices are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and data residing in “the cloud”. The first Chromebooks for sale, by Acer Inc. and Samsung, began shipping on June 15, 2011. In addition to laptop models, a desktop version, called a Chromebox, was introduced in May 2012. The Chrome OS is an operating system designed by Google and based upon the Linux kernel.
Android, Inc. was founded in Palo Alto, California in October 2003 by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White. In July 2005, Google acquired Android Inc. for at least $50 million. The Android mobile operating system is currently developed by Google, based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.