Google Further Merging Chromebooks and Android Mobile Devices

charge-chromebook-nexusGoogle is trying to bridge the gap between laptops and mobile devices with a recent update for Chromebooks. According to Google, Chromebooks will soon be able to receive notifications and run apps from Android smartphones and tablets. Google is trying to make app and data exchange seamless, according to Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome and Apps Sundar Pichai at the Google I/O Conference in San Francisco.

With this seamless transferring ability, users will be able to run Android applications like Vine, Evernote and Flipboard on mobile devices or Chromebooks according to Pichai. Pichai also had an on-stage demonstration that showed the applications transferring from a smartphone to a Chromebook. “We’ve been working on this project for a while. We want this to be intuitive for users,” Pichai added.

In addition to that other demonstrations highlighted the Chromebook’s ability to link to Android smartphones. Chromebooks showed notifications about an incoming call or text message on a smartphone while also showing an alert that the smartphone battery was low. The way the technology works is very similar to that of smartwatches and other wearable tech.

Since their inception, Chromebooks has targeted users who do most of their computing on the internet. A few features similar to the ones found on smartphones can be found on these devices, like Google Now, allowing users to download movies from Google Play and watch them offline.

Considering the fact that Chromebooks have much larger screens than smartphones (for obvious reasons), there is a challenge in porting touchscreen mobile applications to Chromebooks and using them with a mouse and keyboard instead of your finger, Pichai added.

Developers could be responsible for modifying code to work on different screen sizes as well as with different input mechanisms, though Google hopes to make it easier for developers to change codes so the applications can be adapted for Android and Chrome interfaces. According to Pichai, the feature updates will be delivered to Chromebooks later this year.

The operating systems for both Chrome and Android are based off of Linux, though both are built as different operating systems. Google plans on continuing to make adjustments to the operating systems so that mobile devices, as well as PCs, can connect and work seamlessly. “We are investigating a lot more in this area,” Pichai added.

Chromebooks are not as popular as developers would like. Top PC makers like Lenovo, Dell, HP, Samsung and Toshiba all sell Chromebooks, but the market is sort of niche at the moment. While they are good mobile devices for surfing the internet, they lack the power and features of doing any hardcore computing. By further merging Chromebooks with Android smartphones and tablets, users could get a greater all-in-one experience from their tech, which could very well make Chromebooks more enticing to mobile users.

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