Google's Android-Chrome OS Hybrid Inches Closer to Reality

...

After boosting the number of Chrome machines that will be capable of running Android apps last week, reports indicate that Google may be planning to launch a full-fledged version of its "Andromeda" hybrid operating system next year.

The OS, which will be compatible with Chrome and Android apps, will show up on a new laptop that Google could sell by the end of 2017, according to Android Police. The blog cited reliable sources who said the new laptop would join the Pixel lineup, though it wouldn't be marketed as a Chromebook.

Google could unveil such a device at its Oct. 4 event, although it is still approximately one year from release, according to Android Police. Other than its hybrid operating system, its specs are unclear.

The first Andromeda phone is also set for release next year. According to 9to5Google, it will likely be a Huawei Nexus. Together with the laptop, it would form an Andromeda ecosystem that represents the beginnings of a challenge to Microsoft's Continuum, which allows Windows 10 to run on any device. Despite tighter integration between macOS and iOS, Apple does not yet have a true Continuum competitor.

We do know a fair amount about how Andromeda will work, based on Google's announcement last week of what appears to be its precursor: Chrome systems that will also work with Android apps. On Sept. 21, Google released Chrome OS 53.0.2785.129. Its major innovation is the inclusion of a beta version of the Google Play Store, which offers Chrome users the ability to download and run the same apps that are on their tablets and phones.

Not all Chrome systems are compatible with the Play Store, however. Current models include the Acer Chromebook R 11 and the newest Chromebook Pixel. Later this year, Google plans to bring the feature to many more Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, and Chromebases; check out this list for updates.

Categories
APPLICATIONS
0 Comment

Leave a Reply

Captcha image


RELATED BY

  • 5300c769af79e

    Verizon just ate Time Warner, and it might have Charter for dessert

    According to The Wall Street Journal, the carrier is “exploring” an acquisition of Charter, the second largest cable company in the U.The company, which has 114 million wireless subscribers, would gain access to Charter’s 24 million cable customers and 21 million broadband customers.
  • 5300c769af79e

    Predictive Intelligence: Pre-crime For IT

    Download Today's sophisticated attacks routinely evade conventional after-the-fact technologies such as firewalls and signature-based malware detection.Therefore, it's essential to adopt new measures that neutralize these new threats.
  • 5300c769af79e

    FAQ: Managed Detection and Response

    Download What are Managed Detection and Response (MDR) services and why is MDR the future of network security for mid-sized organizations?MDR is different from traditional managed security services (MSS) because they focus on threat detection and remediation versus device management and basic alerting.
  • 5300c769af79e

    Searching for Song Lyrics? Google Search is the Place to Be

    Thanks to a new licensing deal with LyricFind, Google will now display lyrics for practically any song you need directly on Search.As you will notice in the search results, Google will only display a large chunk of song lyrics, then direct you to Google Play to see the rest.