Chrome – Google’s New O/S
If you are looking at this title and wondering what the hell I’m talking about, it could be because
- A) you didn’t know that Google had an operating system outside of Android
- B) You work on the Chrome team and know that this statement is B/S
- C) You are part of the one in nearly a million, who have a 2 year old Chrome Notebook
Yes, Chrome not only exists but Samsung, Dell, Asus, Acer, Toshiba and others have created notebooks that run only the Chrome operating system.
The Chrome O/S ( operating system ) is built off of a version of linux and as such inherits both strengths and weaknesses of Linux ( mostly strengths )
Now, Chrome aims to get even closer to Android ( Also another Linux derivative ) which is great news for developers.
Although Google Chrome OS is not the most popular OS of the likes of MAC and Windows, it is the first to narrow the gap between smartphone and computing environments. Among the host of announcements in the latest Google I/O show, a few developments related to Google’s web-based OS managed to create the ‘buzzword’ in the operating system vocabulary.
The Chrome OS has gotten closer to Android which will improve the transition between mobile and computing OS. The existing Android support on the Chrome OS has been refined for good. With the new Android integration, Chrome OS will be gaining additional support for app shortcuts, new animations and notifications styled as native Chrome notification, tweaks to multi-window modes. Google is also adding multi-channel USB, AAudio, and Audio MMAP to enhance it’s Pro audio capabilities. The new Android Development tool will benefit both developers and end users as it will make writing apps for multiple screen sizes easier than before. The new feature coming to the Chrome OS 69 will include Android Virtual Keyboard, Gboard, with expressive features like fully displayed emoji, GIFs and stickers.
One of the big announcements was the Linux support.