We all use laptops daily for various purposes. There is infinite number of usage of this modern electronic marvel, games, music, movies, photo-video editing and many many many more. As for the operating system we all know about Windows by Microsoft and Mac OS by Apple but how many of us really know about an OS by Google. If you are thinking about Android then you are wrong, sure Android is there but it’s for smart devices, I am talking about a laptop OS by Google, Chrome OS. There are many OEM who make devices pre-installed with Chrome OS, such devices are known as Chromebooks. Google itself makes high-end Chromebooks known as Chromebook Pixel. Chrome, Pixel all these names are already known to many and but let us know about the devices with the same name you don’t know about.
After Google’s success in mobile word with Android they expand their scope. Initially released on June 15, 2015, Google came up with their first ever laptop OS, Chrome OS. You must be thinking about is there any resemblance of Chrome OS with their another successful product, Chrome browser. As a matter of fact, there is. Chrome OS is a Linux-based OS which was designed on the design principle of the Chrome browser and it initially supported only web applications. The project was announced on July 2009 as an OS in which user data and application both reside on a cloud. It is the very first successful attempt to the idea which in the future can lead to the true cloud computing. Samsung and Acer are the few of the OEMs who make Chromebooks. Google’s high-end Chromebooks are known as Chromebook Pixel (Google Pixel is yet another recently launched smartphone by Google).
Initially Chrome OS has completely been dependent on the internet for any task, as only thing it was capable was to run Chrome Web application. File manager and music player were in build in OS since its first launch. Later, when Offline version of Google apps came, they made their way to the Chrome OS. All the Google applications suite is now inbuilt in Chrome OS and available as offline feature. OS is no more internet dependent. In 2016 Google announced that Android Play Store is available for Chrome OS too, means whole Android apps are now capable to run on Chrome OS.
You must know one basic concept, every system and OS out in the market are more than capable to do our task. The only thing that differentiate them is the no of apps available on them. Google is trying their Android leadership to help them to be a serious competitor in the laptop’s OS market. Same way Microsoft is using their PC leadership to be a serious competitor in the mobile OS market. Windows-phone-dead-or-history-repeating-again is an article on Windows Phone which can give you the glimpse of Microsoft’s attempt to Smartphone industry. Google on the other hand had got success to some extent. Chromebooks are cheaper and easy to use as compared to PCs and Macs, hence it is gaining popularity in the education industry. Chromebooks has everything pre-installed (free) which a common user need in their daily life. Windows and Mac user on the other hand need to pay for everything.
At its debut, Chrome OS was viewed as a competitor to Microsoft, both directly to Microsoft Windows and indirectly the company’s word processing and spreadsheet applications-the latter through Chrome OS’s reliance on cloud computing. But Chrome OS engineering director Matthew Papakipos argued that the two operating systems would not fully overlap in functionality because Chrome OS is intended for netbooks, which lack the computational power to run a resource-intensive program like Adobe Photoshop.
There are rumors that Google may combine their both OS into one. Android and Chrome OS may together become ‘Andromeda’. One OS capable to run everywhere, an OS which has all the capacities of laptop OS with the support for Android app. Even if you don’t believes in rumors you can see that this is exactly what Google is doing. Chrome OS already has the Android app support and there is probability that Andromeda may come to life. This is not a fantasy idea too. Microsoft is already doing the same thing with Windows 10. Apple is nowhere in this idea. They are clearly focused on several OSes at the same time (macOS, iOS, watchOS, tvOS) and several versions of all their applications.
There is rumors that Google is developing three versions of their next Pixel Smartphone. Currently Google has two Pixel versions (5 inch & 5.5 inch) but Pixel 2 is suppose to have a large screen display, more of a laptop form factor. This device would give us more glimpse into the merging of Android and Chrome OS.
There is also a long rumored OS by Google which is been now available as open source. It’s name is ‘Fuchsia’. It has card based UI just like Google Now and it’s based on Google’s proprietary kernel ‘Magenta’. As described by Google it can run on everything from embedded devices to smartphones and PCs. Its still in development mode and its no where near to Android, still long way to go. Google hasn’t said anything more about this. Only time will tell about the future if all the three OS.