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Every Upcoming Chromebook Will Run Android Apps (laptopmag.com) 71

Google announced last year that it will be bringing Android apps to Chromebooks. The company has now announced that moving forward all the new Chromebooks will have access to the Google Play Store, the marquee store for Android apps. From a report: The news comes from a single line of text in Google's list of Chromebooks that can support the programs: "All Chromebooks launching in 2017 and after as well as the Chromebooks listed below will work with Android apps in the coming future." We knew this would eventually come, and now isn't terribly surprising timing. There are more Chromebooks with touchscreens than ever, including the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA and Samsung's upcoming Chromebook Plus and Pro, all of which were announced at CES in Las Vegas.
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Every Upcoming Chromebook Will Run Android Apps

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  • Why not make an office suite that *is8 actually a pleasure to use? I mean a suite that would give Microsoft's "365" product a run for its money?

    I am yet to find serious office users that find Google's offering that appealing. Is there any?

    • by Khyber ( 864651 )

      Nope, Google's offering is not appealing as you never know when they'll stop supporting it. I'd prefer open source office software suites to anything Google might put out.

      • You seriously think Google is going to drop Docs?

      • I think the bigger concern is where the data is being stored and who has access. For some documents there's no way in hell that a company would want them to be stored on someone else's servers or having Google's analytics bots looking at the documents even if human eyes will never see it. I don't know if Google sells the ability to install their office software on the company's own hardware, but I suspect that if they keep developing the product they'll get around to it eventually once they decide to go the
    • by CrankyFool ( 680025 ) on Monday January 23, 2017 @11:40AM (#53720739)
      We're #379 on the Fortune 500 with approximately 3000 employees, and aside from tiny enclaves everyone uses Google Office. I don't know that I'd say that we actually enjoy it, or that it's a pleasure to use, but honestly I don't actually know anyone who'd say that about Microsoft's product either :)
      • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

        Well, you are Netflix so you would expect everyone to use web based technologies and keep their data in the cloud.

        We are not a Fortune 500 company but I try to use Google as much as possible because it eliminates compatibility issues. We have some spreadsheets that do engineering and software development calculations, for example.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    That is all.

  • by sjritt00 ( 159438 ) on Monday January 23, 2017 @11:45AM (#53720775)

    Too far out. I guess it is better than the retreating future. Let me know when they can narrow it down to the present future.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    F-Droid capable or no deal.

  • by slashmydots ( 2189826 ) on Monday January 23, 2017 @12:05PM (#53720851)
    Oh good, now I can run all those mobile apps which almost universally require a touchscreen and tilt sensors, which chromebooks don't typically have.
    • It gets worse considering most developers never thought about supporting anything bigger than a ~5" screen. It reminds me of when the first iPad came out and a lot of the apps were just stretched out phone apps, which made them ever worse to use since different buttons would be at far-flung corners of the screen that's no longer within convenient range.
    • by l20502 ( 4813775 )
      Even cheap HP laptops have sensors that combined with their crappy windows utilities should park the disk heads.
      On linux they appear as a standard joystick which can be used to do anything.
  • The Eclipse app and a usable terminal app and I'm good to go. And a 17'' screen of course.
  • Seriously I though the only interest in chromebooks was Linux users who want a cheap netbook subsidised by Google... Do mythical end users actually consume these devices?
  • Since the article has a broken link to Google's page, here is where Google actually makes this claim: https://sites.google.com/a/chr... [google.com]
  • If this is the plan, then can't they make Chromebooks even cheaper by making them from ARM CPUs, and maybe up the RAM and storage a tad?

    • The first Chromebook was on ARM I think. Another one had the Celeron 847 (x86, sandy bridge, dual core dual thread), it was the Acer C7. Real hard drive (320GB), 2GB built-in RAM and a SO-DIMM slot where you can drop another 4GB or 8GB. So regarding cost (sort of), storage and RAM this little thing did it a bit over 4 years ago.

  • If nothing else, at least this will eliminate some confusion in terms of selling Chromebooks. Most of the folks I recommend them for are basic users anyway, and many of them have smartphones already. Having to explain that they can't run the same Android apps as they can on their phones, when both devices have something to do with Google, is a pain.

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