Fear not, loyal believers in a thought of opposite handling systems for opposite forms of devices: Even nonetheless Chrome’s engineering conduct has taken over Android’s technical aspects, Google isn’t expected to forcibly mix Chrome OS and Android into a Windows 8-style Frankenstein’s beast any time soon. That said, Chrome OS and Android have been forging closer ties over a past months, elaborating into dual rarely interrelated handling systems.
Chrome OS can run Android apps, and Android can run Chrome apps. But it doesn’t finish there: New facilities will make a Chromebook and Android phone or inscription element any other most some-more nicely. Here are 8 important ways a lines are commencement to blur.
Chromebooks will be removing an “Easy Unlock” feature that can automatically clear them when an compared Android phone is nearby. As prolonged as we have your Android phone in your pocket, we can usually open adult your Chromebook and use it though entering your password. It competence sound like magic, though a underline indeed usually uses Bluetooth and your Google account.
Android notifications on your Chromebook
At Google I/O 2014, Google demonstrated Android notifications appearing on your Chromebook. When we accept a phone call or calm message, you’ll get a pop-up presentation on your Chromebook so we can see who’s job or slick a calm message. You’ll also get low-battery notifications so you’ll know when to start charging your phone.
It’s misleading usually how many notifications will seem on your Chromebook, though those are a notifications Google showed off. If we unequivocally wish Android notifications in Chrome, we can set adult a PushBullet app to sync all (or some) of your Android device’s notifications to your Chromebook (or any device with a Chrome browser) today.
Android apps on your Chromebook
Google recently brought 4 Android apps to Chrome OS, though that’s usually a beginning. The Android app runtime for Chrome will urge over time, and some-more apps will be combined to a Chrome Web Store for easy installation.
In a meantime, we can already install any Android app in Chrome with a hack, giving a Chromebook entrance to a whole new star of software. The apps will sync behind and onward with your Android devices, presumption they support cloud sync, like a complicated app should.
Chrome apps on Android
Google wants Chrome apps to run on Android, too. If you’re a developer, we can emanate a Chrome web app and afterwards package that app so it runs on Android. Google loves web apps, so this competence even be a future—with web apps one day replacing those Java-based Android apps. The HTML5 app disturb of years past arrange of fizzled out in preference of local apps, however, so we’ll have to see.
USB record transfer
Modern Android inclination use MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) for transferring files behind and onward when we bond them to a mechanism around a USB cable. Chrome OS recently gained MTP support, so we can bond your Android phone or inscription directly to your Chromebook and duplicate files from it.
This is now read-only, so we can usually send files off your Android device to your Chromebook. Google wants to supplement MTP write support, so we could send files from your Chromebook to your phone. For example, we could download video files on your Chromebook and afterwards send them to your phone over a USB cable, so we have something to watch offline though wasting your changed mobile data. This is also useful for airplanes!
Chrome tabs in Android’s app switcher
Android Lollipop has a redesigned multitasking interface that shows Chrome browser tabs alongside your new apps. You dont’ have to lift adult a multitasking menu and go into Chrome, afterwards lift adult Chrome’s add-on list and name a new add-on anymore. Google is perplexing to make web pages some-more integrated on Android so they can be usually as accessible as customary Android apps, merging offline apps and online apps.
Google’s new “Material Design” character discipline request to all a association does. (The prior Holo pattern was usually for Android, while Google had a opposite pattern for a web apps.) Going forward, Android apps and web apps—for example, a Gmail Android app and Gmail website in your browser—will demeanour most some-more similar. This also relates to Google’s applications on other platforms, like a Google apps for iPhone and iPad.
Project Athena is a revamped interface—or “user experience”— Google is operative on for Chrome OS, that integrates a company’s Material Design ethos. We don’t know most about this, though some information is accessible in Chromium’s bug tracker. One bug report says Athena will have an MRU (Most Recently Used) list that will “steer users divided from shutting content.” Another bug says “tabbed content… does not exist anymore for Athena.”
This sounds an awful lot like a focus switcher on Android, so Chrome OS competence be removing a some-more Android-like interface. We’ve seen one (very early and really ugly) screenshot that shows off this built multitasking interface. It’s probable a simplified interface competence be used on intensity Chrome OS tablets or hybrids, while Chromebooks would hang with a some-more normal desktop interface.
Chrome and Android are clearly separate, though flourishing some-more intertwined by a day, powered by society’s augmenting faith on a cloud. Google’s even operative on adding a underline that will let we remotely locate and clean a Chromebook, usually like we can an Android device. But distinct Microsoft, Google isn’t perplexing to force it—or during least, it hasn’t yet. And that’s a large relief.