It’s a long way off from being a default option on Chromebooks but some models are now getting the Google Play Store which means Android app integration. Summary: Millions of local Android apps will come to Chromebooks. It breaks the browser-only model and is a somewhat negative sign for HTML5 apps but for some classes of user it’s going to bring an exciting new option to the notebook and laptop space.
There are three Chromebooks on the market that are currently able to run Android apps. More are coming soon as this barrier-breaking feature hasn’t yet rolled out as a full version to all Chromebooks but if you’ve got a , Asus Chromebook Flip or Acer Chromebook R11 / C738T you can switch to the ‘developer channel’ and get an early test.
Google Play is coming to ChromeOS later this year and when it does Chromebooks will become truly offline capable, will leapfrog Windows laptops in some app categories and will have an app engine that could drive development of new types of ChromeOS products.
I hope that by now you’ve heard the very exciting news that the Google Play Store, originally for Android smartphones and tablets, is coming to Chrome OS. The new, effectively virtualized, Android Marshmall OS is likely to drive development of more widescreen / largescreen apps, boost development of advanced ChromeOS products and allow Chrome OS to be one of the first desktop operating systems that has wider support for the quickly growing segments of IoT, wearables, ‘flyables’, home automation, local transport, health and data analytics, areas that Windows 10 desktop and mobile are struggling with.
There will be limitations of course, and that’s what I want to walk through now.
Acer launched a new Chromebook at IFA today. The Chromebook R11 is a lightweight 11.6-inch convertible with a good keyboard and large touchpad. The 1366 x 768 screen is entry-level but the Braswell processor should offer quite a bit more than the ASUS Chromebook Flip that it will compete with. Hands-on video below.
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In terms of design it’s exactly the same as the G3 model. The screen is still 1366×768 and it’s still got an N2840 Celeron inside. Wait, a Baytrail-M CPU? Braswell-generation is already available and HP are still using the previous one?
This is very interesting news if you’re interested in a touch-enabled convertible Chromebook. The Acer C738T has been leaked. It indicates a another step towards a Chrome OS tablet. This is an entry-level 11.6 inch offering but a 4G option makes this particularly interesting for those that want to go mobile with their Chromebooks.
We worked hard this month to top-up the database with all the new Chromebooks and a few we missed in previous months. The Chromebook Database (and Chromebook Selector) now has at least one version of every Chromebook model available. Here’s a summary of the Chromebooks we added in May.
Why would you write an app about Cricket? Because there are more cricket fans in India than there are people in the USA. India is huge – 1.2 billion people live there. It’s developing too so when it comes to technology it’s an opportunity, especially for low-cost technology. Google recently introduced new Chromebooks and Chrome OS services at an event in India and it’s going to be very interesting to see how this market develops over 2015. Will the people, and government, take it on?