Whatever happened to the Chromebook?

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  1. jigwashere

    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    Chrome OS will soon be able to run Android apps in the background
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    One of the biggest shortcomings of Chrome OS, and a drawback to using a mobile and web-first operating system, is applications that don’t act like desktop software should. Google is working to remedy this, according to 9to5Google, with an upcoming update to Chrome OS that should make Android apps run smoothly in the background. Currently, these apps — part of Google’s broader push to unify certain aspects of Android and Chrome — will pause if you switch away from them, creating some issues for people who like to heavily multitask on desktop.

    ChromeUnboxed first noticed the feature, called Android Parallel Tasks, within Chrome OS 64, which is currently only available on Google’s beta channel. We can expect the feature to make its way to the public version of Chrome OS some time in the near future, but it’s not clear exactly when. Still, it’s refreshing to see that Google is taking steps to make Android apps on Chrome OS more robust and desktop-like, especially after the buggy beta period earlier this year.
     
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    headcronie Greyscale. Nuff Said. Super Moderator

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    Exactly that, Jig. That's one of the big shortcomings of Android on ChromeOS. This isn't the day of Palm OS, where the OS was largely single task. It's 2017. Get multitasking already....
     
  3. jigwashere

    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    If my math is right, I've had my Toshiba Chromebook 2 for 4 years, now. I don't use it every day, but it does come in handy. The screen is as sharp and bright as ever, and it seems to run as good as new. A distant relative of my wife visited this past summer and needed a laptop, and I felt comfortable handing it to him in guest mode. He wasn't very technically savvy, but seemed to manage it just fine. My son is taking an online Spanish course in high school, and was frustrated with the slowness of the school's hampered Chromebooks. He considered taking his own laptop to school, but I didn't want him to risk that. I simply powerwashed my Chromebook and handed it to him. He was up and running in no time. I can't wait to get it back! :D
     
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