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How Google is Turning Chrome OS into a Powerful Tablet OS


A lot has changed since then, with the biggest change happening back in 2016 when Chrome OS got support for Android apps. This was the beginning of a new era for Chrome OS as a whole, because Android apps started to fill the gaps that web apps couldn’t handle. With this one change, Chrome OS instantly became more useful and versatile.

While Android support got off to a rocky start and took longer than expected to widely implement, it’s pretty much become a standard across all modern Chrome OS devices at this point.

More recently, Google made another excellent change on the app front: support for Linux apps. Since Chrome OS is based on the Linux kernel, this made the native implementation of Linux applications almost a no-brainer. Users have been modifying their systems to run Linux apps through a software “hack” called Crouton for years, and this new feature makes it even easier to access these apps without the need for any system modifications.

So in seven years, Chrome OS has gone from a simple browser-based OS to a three-in-one system that is incredibly versatile. And that’s the direction it’s going to continue to head in. More importantly, the future of Chrome OS isn’t just about laptops—it’s becoming one hell of a tablet OS.

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