Chrome OS tablets plan to punch iPad in the aluminums


Samsung's Chromebook Pro is the closest thing to a Chrome OS tablet so far.
Photo: Samsung

iPad sales might be falling, but Apple’s tablet still outsells Android-powered rivals. Google hopes to change that by launching new Chrome OS slates that have the ability to run Android apps.

Chrome OS has already given us ultra-affordable laptops that are ideal for education and simple tasks — and now that it plays nicely with Android apps, it’s even more powerful. Google hopes that this combination can reinvigorate iPad competitors.

Rajen Sheth, director of product for Android and Chrome for education and enterprise, confirmed during a conference call on Monday that Chrome OS is heading to new devices.

“The Chromebook is going from being just a laptop to something that is a lot more versatile and dynamic… such that OEMs can produce many great devices,” he said.

“We have put a lot of investment into the touch UI and making touch a great experience on the Chromebook. You’re going to continue to see that happen. And what that’s going to do is it’s going to open up the possibilities for OEMs to have an even wider variety of form factors.”

Sheth promised that we can “expect everything from detachable to tablets based on Chrome OS down the line.”

In many ways, Chrome OS tablets will be more like the Microsoft Surface than the iPad. They’ll combine an operating system originally designed for computers — featuring a desktop-class web browser — with a touch-friendly interface and apps.

What’s more, Chrome OS will become even more useful later this year when it upgraded to support features from Android N — including the ability to resize apps just like regular windows.

But the big difference between Chrome OS tablets and the Surface — and indeed the iPad — will be the price. Just like Chromebooks, you can expect Chrome OS tablets to be incredibly affordable, making them ideal for education and consumers on a budget.

This should worry Apple, which has been fighting to make the iPad a big presence in classrooms. According to recent rumors, the company is working on a new 9.7-inch model aimed at education and enterprise that will use older components in an effort to be more affordable.

Google will be hoping that Chrome OS tablets also inspire Android developers to build new apps for bigger screens that aren’t focused mainly on smartphones. Fans will be hoping its plan works and doesn’t flop like the company’s Android-powered Pixel C.

Via: The Verge

  • Arnold Ziffel

    If running shitty Andwoid apps is your cup of tea, by all means, indulge.

    • OrionBeast

      it’s better than having to jailbreak to insecure version of iOS just to utilize your phone to it’s potential.

      • Arnold Ziffel

        Sure, whatever.

      • duscrom

        I still don’t get this. I haven’t had to Jailbreak my iPhone since the iPhone 4.

        But then I haven’t felt the need to root an android device since the Nexus 7 (Tempted so I can get the Nexus Launcher on N5x or Note 5). But the point I’m trying to make is You WANT to Root/Jailbreak either of these devices. There is no NEED to do it anymore. And a Jailbroken iPhone is as insecure as a Rooted Android phone.

    • Skeptic Spartan

      Apparently it’s slot of people’s cup of tea, chrome books outselling MACs. And schools are just full of these baby’s.

      People love that tea.

      Android rules.

  • Lance Garvey

    Hey! There’s nothing shitty about Android! No need to compliment it like that! GEEEZ!

    • CelestialTerrestrial

      I guess you live under a rock. Android sucks. I bought an 2015 model HP Android tablet last year, it came with Lollipop and it’s AWFUL. They still won’t release any new OS update for it. So, I can’t get Marshmallow let alone Nougat. To me, Android is just a freaking waste of everyone’s time. Apple would NEVER ship a product brand new that can’t get updates for at least a few years. I can’t update the OS because they haven’t released an update for it. It turned out to be the biggest Pile of Shit I’ve ever used. It’s now just a door stop.

      If I had to choose between DOS or Android, I’d go back to DOS. It’s that bad.

      • Greyhame

        Anyone silly enough to buy a non Nexus tablet last year, despite knowing that Android apps were coming to Chrome OS, is going to have a bad time. Was probably a bargain basement tablet too. You get what you pay for.

      • Skeptic Spartan

        I believe you.

      • Christopher Woodhouse

        Your complaint is sem-valid. It’s true that some companies (HP in particular) are horrible about actually using the updates that Google puts out VERY regularly. Although that isn’t actually Google’s fault, it’s a maddening byproduct of the Android OEM distribution system.
        That’s why Chrome OS with Android apps is going to be unfathomably AWESOME; OEM’s don’t control Chrome updates, Google does (and does so extremely often for years and years). Essentially this be the best of both worlds: Chrome’s unbreakable simplicity/security, and the vast wealth of the Google Play store.

      • Tacitus

        Sorry, but we can’t help it if you’re not bright enough to figure out how to use Android, or understand the difference between a OS platform tailored and installed on thousands of different devices by dozens of different manufacturers and one that only has to run on a half-dozen different devices, period.

        And no, you wouldn’t go back to DOS — not for more than 10 seconds anyway. You’re lying.

      • americanparser

        Read a little slower, Celeste. Sarcasm is a beautiful thing.