For the first time Google has officially announced plans to migrate applications on Android-Chrome OS in the summer of 2014. After that really fired several Android-programs such as Evernote, Vine, Duolingo and Sight Words. In October was released the second batch of four programs. Then enthusiasts have even created a tool that allows you with a simple trick to run any application on Android-Chrome OS. But Google still lingered with the launch of the official program, through which any interested developer could migrate their applications from Android to Chrome OS.
Fortunately, the situation is changing with the launch of the hybrid Chromebooks ASUS Flip, who knows how to turn in tablet, Google announced that Android-any developer can start using the tool App Runtime to transfer their applications to Chrome with a minimum of hassle. It is worth noting that the App Runtime is still in beta stage. Chrome OS is not generally created taking into account the touch control, but recently the situation has changed, and the emergence of Android-tablet program will make possible ASUS Flip much more useful.
It is worth noting that Google and optimizes the operating system itself – The company recently introduced a new shell Chrome Launcher 2.0 (currently only for the beta version). Latest style became much closer to Android, received the search box, a list of recently launched applications and quick access to maps personal assistant Google Now. For a full list of available applications provides a special button.
In addition, Google start to update the built-in applications like Chrome OS file manager in accordance with the principles of the “real” design, the underlying Android 5.0 Lollipop, as well as a number of services company. By the way, Chrome OS now has a virtual keyboard Android (and support handwriting input), so that, if necessary, enter a short text in tablet mode will not have to return the ASUS Flip mode notebook. All these small changes make Chrome OS, which was originally designed for devices with hardware keyboard and mouse to be much more friendly to work on the touch screen.
ASUS Flip – only the first swallow. Surely, by analogy with Windows-based systems in the future we will see the launch of the tablet Chrome OS, comes with a docking station in the form of a keyboard. When you connect the hardware keyboard with touchpad, they will readjust to work in a laptop, and when you turn off – turn essentially in the Android-tablet.
It is interesting to see how Google and Microsoft are essentially one way: both the company initially saturated with non-touch platform Chrome OS and Windows desktop different features that make them more friendly to control the fingers on the touch screen. Microsoft integrated mobile shop WinRT-applications and makes changes to the interface, Google also took Android-transfer programs on Chrome OS and interface processes. Certainly in the long term it will be difficult to distinguish between Chrome OS and Android or desktop and mobile Windows.
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