Samsung Chromebook Pro Delay Blamed On Android App Support
At Google I/O last year Google announced Android apps would invade ChromeOS. A major merger for ChromeOS and Android. At CES 2017 Samsung announced the Chromebook Pro would have official Android app support from Google. It is one of the first Chromebooks to offer support for Android apps. During the CES keynote, Samsung said the Chromebook Pro and the Android apps would launch in April. It’s May now, April has come and gone.
The hardware of the Chromebook Pro isn’t a revolution, nor is there anything special. It’s a high-end 2-in-1 with an Intel Core m3 with a high-resolution screen. There is a Wacom digitizer and S-Pen, but Samsung has the hardware in other tablets and laptops. The big appeal to this Chromebook is the official Android app support, and it looks like that’s the reason Samsung is delaying the device. The Android App idea is only a year old and isn’t fully thought out. The limited run on other Chromebooks shows how the Android Apps don’t work smoothly yet.
Samsung’s Chromebook Pro is delayed due to Android App support
Implementation on other Chromebook’s are crude, limited, and buggy. The apps are glitchy, partly because these Android apps were written for different devices and a completely different platform. Google is essentially porting massive amounts of apps over to ChromeOS without consulting developers. To compound the problems, Chromebook’s often run on different processors than Android phones. The Chromebook Pro runs on an Intel chip while many phones run on ARM. The difference to a consumer doesn’t matter but to apps, it makes the world of difference.
Android apps on ChromeOS have a long way to go, to say the least. If Android Apps on the Chromebook Pro are delaying the launch, we’ll have to wait awhile. Google and Samsung don’t have time on their side either. Microsoft just announced Windows 10 S, their play at the education market. Windows 10 S could become a real threat to Chromebook’s in the coming months.
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