Google has a long and complicated history, with tablets coming back up to the Motorola Xoom, the first officially sanctioned Android slate. He has released some tablets under the Nexus and Pixel lineup, including the new Pixel Slate. However, Google's hardware team is throwing sponge on tablets. Instead, it will focus exclusively on the form factors of laptops.
The news first broke out as unverified report in Computerworld, but Google spokespersons then confirmed the basic details. A few hours later, Rick Osterloh, head of hardware at Google, is presented on Twitter with additional details. In his tweet, Osterloh says that Google still supports its partners who make tablets running Android or Chrome OS. However, this is no longer on Google's roadmap.
So you can stop hoping for a Pixel Slate 2. This device was launched last year to present unenthusiastic reviews, citing poor performance, bulky design and a high price. Apple is continually improving the iPad, so there's still plenty of room for high-end Chrome devices like the Pixel Slate. On the Android side, Samsung is the only company that is seriously trying to sell high quality tablets. Nowadays, most Android tablets are extremely cheap portals, like Amazon Fire devices.
That's right … Google's HARDWARE team will only be dedicated to building laptops, but make no mistake, the Android and Chrome OS teams are 100% committed to the long term by working with our partners on tablets for all segments of the market. (consumer, business, education)
– Rick Osterloh (@rosterloh) June 20, 2019
Google's first foray into Chrome tablets will be the last, but other device makers will likely continue with Chrome OS. Android should have been a more viable tablet operating system, but Google never did what it took to get its iPad in order. At least Chrome OS has more features and can work as a desktop computer with a connected keyboard Google aggressively adds operating system optimized features for tablets and can run Android applications. This has made Chrome OS devices popular in the world of business and education.
This change in strategy means that the Google tablet team is dissolved. Most of these engineers will join the Pixelbook team and their tablet projects have the essentials. Google apparently had two Chrome tablets in preparation. Both would have been smaller than Pixel Slate with launch windows in 2020. Now they will never see the light of day.
If you absolutely must own a Pixel slate, you can buy one from Google from 800 USD. It will continue to work and get updates, which are automatic with Chrome OS. Nevertheless, you might want to wait until the inevitable fire breaks out.
Google used the Linux kernel in Chrome OS, but the platform is intentionally streamlined and focuses on web applications. For most of his life, users could not access the core of Chrome OS on Linux, but that changed last year with a feature called "Crostini". This option allowed some Chromebooks to install and run Linux applications. come to all Chrome OS devices.
It has been a long road for Chrome OS to arrive here. When it was deployed on the Google-only CR-48 laptop by invitation, Chrome OS only supported Web applications – it was like an elegant browser machine. Over time, Google has added more features and tools to Chrome OS. In 2016, he created a system to run Android applications on Chrome OS. Adding Linux support has finally made Chrome OS a capable desktop operating system, but only on computers with support such as Google's Pixelbook.
Google says that Crostini will work on all Chromebooks. go ahead You will not need to go through any extra steps for Linux to run on new versions. Chromebooksno more. Just open the launcher and find the terminal. Just like that, you have access to a simulated version of Debian Linux.
This sounds like a promise made about the support of Android apps last year. This will live up to this promise, but even with the improvements, Linux will not be as user friendly as Android. The Google Play Store makes it easy to install and update Android apps on Chrome OS. The use of Linux always requires some familiarity with the command line and package management.
Crostini is not a complete Linux platform. It runs a simplified version of Linux called Termina in a virtual machine. This is a long way to secure your Chrome computer, as well as to protect malicious material such as the camera and microphone from Linux applications.
Google is working on some improvements in the quality of life of Linux on Chrome OS. The super-early canary channel offers linked Linux and Chrome file systems, facilitating the migration of files between applications running in separate containers. There is also no hardware acceleration for Linux applications on most Chromebooks. You can try it on the beta channel of some Chromebooks, but that remains very buggy.
As part of extending Linux support, Google will create Android Studio development tools in one click on Chromebooks. He hopes this will convince more developers to use Chrome OS and improve support for Android apps on the platform.