Our title suggests disruption, now there are quite a few things which you can conclude about disruptions. At first even we weren’t sure what would be disrupted. Is the experience on Chromebooks going to be disruptive or is it going to be something else?
Google has finally announced after much speculations that Android Apps are coming on Chromebooks. This is a great news for each and every developer out there. All of a sudden you have a bigger market to target. Bigger market means more downloads, more thumbs up and obviously a lot of revenue. So what is it that would be disrupted? To put in one single word we will say ‘traditions’. Android Apps on Chromebooks are going to disrupt traditions.
Google has shared a video which demonstrates how things are going to change after getting the world’s most powerful and popular browser to work with the most popular OS’s apps. Now you must be gazing at that one word ‘traditions’. What do we mean by traditions? A computer has a monitor, CPU, typical OS and so is the case with a laptop minus a separate monitor. Bring Android Apps to Chromebook will change the way you compute. You would not need a proper laptop or PC to carry out your tasks. Everything is going to be simpler and smaller. Now you get it!
Android Apps on Chromebooks
We all have been using laptops and PCs since quite a few years. The last three or four years have seen a rapid increase in the usage of smartphones and this has only meant that we want things to get compact, simpler and faster. Chromebooks were definitely being called for but more than anything we all were hoping that Google brings Android Apps to Chromebooks. This time around the I/O 2016, Google finally turned that into reality.
It is not far from the fact that Android Apps on Chromebooks are going to kill or rather disrupt traditional ways of computing. Even Apple is expected to up its ante and create gadgets which will provide computing experience but with all elements of a mobile phone. Apple’s iPad Pro and Google’s Nexus C 2 in 1 are already examples of hybrid computing technologies but these are just experimental at the moment. Our current focus is more on Chromebooks which has been accepted by a lot of people especially youngsters and students. Chromebooks, therefore, are going to be a direct threat to Windows 10 on PCs.
Why would people prefer Chromebooks over PCs?
PCs already have one weak point in today’s world and that is their size. People are working on the move and it cannot be expected from them to carry their PCs all around! Laptops come as a savior but even they have their downsides especially a little inefficient computing. They get slower and unreliable with time. Both of them lack security and one has to pay a premium to acquire them.
Microsoft couldn’t really device ways where such problems could be sorted out. Google came to the scene and created Chrome OS. Chrome OS makes computing more accessible to people as it is fast, economical and secure. Chromebooks are easier to share and manage, thus, students and businesses get great help. Some might argue that Chromebooks do not really compete with PCs and laptops in terms of sheer power. Yes, it is true but then they are meant to overcome certain issues which drop in with laptops and PCs. Chromebooks have been quite successful as well in making computing simpler. People are appreciating it even without Play Store and Android apps, as this can be seen in the US. Chromebooks have become number 2 best selling computers in the US out doing Mac! So, there you go, people are definitely loving Chromebooks!
Some major points from a Google Video
Google is hitching PC and android apps in such a way to change dynamics of computing. PCs are great but they suffer from a shortage of great apps. People are not getting that tablet like experience which they now ought to. In a recent Google video, director of product management, Kan Liu, takes us through a demo of Android Apps and Play Store on Chromebooks. Here are some of the key points from the video:
- Chrome OS, as it is: One thing you must remember is that it is just Chrome OS and nothing new. Chrome OS is being tweaked to support Play Store and Android Apps on Chromebooks.
- Play Store apps: All the apps on Play Store are going to work as they should. You just need to install them as you install apps on your Android device.
- Seamless integration: Android has been integrated seamlessly with Chrome OS. Android notifications would appear in the Chrome notification tray. Android apps would work on both ARM and Intel-based Chromebooks. Apps will save and load files from the Chrome OS file system same as they do on Android.
- Android apps will work offline: Most of the Chrome apps which work offline require an internet connection at some point. Android apps are more functional when working offline.
- Microsoft will have a presence on Chrome OS: Microsoft apps are amazing but lack in offline usage but with Android compatibility this going to change and one would be able to access all Microsoft apps even offline.
- Android hardware features on Chromebooks: Google and its partners are shipping Chromebooks and are definitely going to add cellular feature like touch screen, network connectivity etc to all their Chromebooks.
These are very promising features from Google and we are definitely hoping for the best. This is going to be very big for all the developers and upcoming entrepreneurs out there. There is now a huge opportunity to touch even more users’ lives and create magic with an amazing OS (Chrome OS) and a brilliant store i.e Play Store!
Don’t forget to read an amazing informative article about Google I/O 2016 here!