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Chromebooks will get some new Android features before phones

Google at its annual I/O developer convention has offered an replace relating to its plan to permit Chromebooks to run Android apps from the Play Retailer.

It’s been roughly a 12 months since Google introduced that help for Android apps could be coming to Chrome OS. Sadly, the rollout has taken place at a snail’s tempo as there are at the moment solely six gadgets that help Android apps on the secure model of the working system.

Because it stands in the present day, Android apps on Chrome OS are nonetheless technically in beta. As Kan Liu, senior director of product administration for Chrome OS, tells The Verge, Android apps are round “80 p.c” prepared for many customers. That final 20 p.c, nevertheless, gained’t be accomplished as rapidly as one may assume, particularly with Liu conceding that “the primary 80 p.c is 20 p.c of the work [and] the final 20 p.c is 80 p.c of the work.”

Liu didn’t give a definitive date as to when the beta standing could be pulled however he did reveal one thing that’s maybe much more attention-grabbing.

As a result of Chrome OS launches new builds much more regularly than the dessert (cell) model of Android (each six weeks), Liu mentioned that some Android features will arrive on Chrome OS before they hit phones.

That’s nice information for Chrome OS customers as main Android releases are notoriously gradual at rolling out onto cell gadgets. The newest model of Android (Nougat), for instance, was launched on August 22, 2016, but is simply put in on 7.1 p.c of cell gadgets.

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