Google’s Chrome OS has seen much development over the years since it was first announced. Now available on two major hardware devices – laptops and desktops (Chromeboxes), it may be coming soon to a third category – tablets.
It is no news that Android has taken a turn for the worse on tablets. Sales have declined over the years and the experience is no different from what you get on a phone. So apart from the larger screen, there is no big advantage in productivity. What if we swapped the Android OS for Chrome OS? What are the benefits?
First, that screen estate can be put into good use as Chrome OS is a desktop style operating system. You also have free-floating resizeable windows open at the same time unlike Android’s split-screen multitasking which is limited to just two apps.
Chrome OS is one of the most secure operating systems at the moment. Updates are not reliant on manufacturers like Android but handled by Google. Software update support, according to Google, is for five years which is more than you can get on most Android devices.
Apart from Chrome extensions, you also have access to all the apps on the Play Store. So you see, you are not really losing anything. Battery life is also amazing.
On Thursday, Twitter user @Alister_Payne tweeted a photo of an Acer tablet running Chrome OS seen at an event in the UK. This is the first public appearance of a tablet running Chrome OS.
Sadly, no specification details were given but the tablet does look to be sporting a 9.7” display with a 4:3 aspect ratio. There is also a front camera at the top for video calls.
There are speculations that the first set of Chrome OS tablets may be announced at Google I/0 2018 which is scheduled to hold between May 8 and May 10.
Are you excited Chrome OS is coming to tablets? Do you think this will help breathe new life into this dying hardware category? Let us know what you think.