Google’s chromebook have gained increasing popularity since past few years. And now google has officially announced that it will have support for Android apps as well. Google announced in a single line of text, “All Chromebooks launching in 2017 and after as well as the Chromebooks listed below will work with Android apps in the coming future”. But some of you may ask
What is a chromebook?
According to laptopmag, “Chromebooks are a different breed of laptops”. Unlike other laptops in the markets which use either windows or MacOs as their Operating software, chromebooks use ChromeOS. This Chromebook specific OS is lightweight and designed primarily for media consumption. Watching Youtube videos, creating documents and spreadsheets coding, or even some light gaming you can do it all on Chromebooks. Its lightweight design allow the manufacturers to get by with using less powerful hardware. Moreover, this keeps the price of the Chromebook low.
Chromebooks do come with some drawbacks. It cannot show its full potential when offline. This might be a problem in a country like ours where not everyone has access to constant internet connection. But things are changing as more and more apps are now supporting offline activities. And add to that google’s announcement that it will support playstore apps.
What will playstore app support mean for Chromebooks?
Chromebook users previously downloaded their apps from ChromeOS store. While this provided decent number of options, Google Playstore is in many ways superior. It has over a million apps designed for smartphones and tablet which the chromebooks will now be able to run.
Until now only a handful of chromebooks supported playstore apps. Some of the notable ones are Google’s own Chromebook pixel and Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA. Chromium project website has also listed some preexisting device which will now have support for this feature. Many manufacturers including dell, acer, toshiba, asus and samsung etc are on the list.
Chromebooks have seen increasing popularity and immense sales growth throughout the years. Its success can be credited due to its impact in the field of Education and enterprise.
However this does not change the fact that chromebooks will not be as powerful as average laptops and PCs. Also if you are a user who works with photo and video editing tools or any kind of hardware intensive tasks, chromebooks would be an awful choice for you.