All this fun talk lately about the Chromebook Pixel seems to lead to more questions than answers. Is it real? When will we get it? will it run Android apps? The last one seems to interest us the most. If we could run Android on a Chromebook, would we want to? Is that smart for Google?
As consumers, we would be over the moon if a Chromebook could run Android apps. If the Chromebook Pixel really is going to have a touchscreen, it would make a lot of sense to have Android apps. Android apps are meant for such an interface, and asking developers to go back and alter an app to work on another OS would just be wrong. The line of code reported earlier seems to suggest there is going to be some Android in the new Chromebook, so it’s really promising at this point.
If what we have heard about this new Pixel is all true, it will need to have much more robust specs. As they stand now, 2GB simply isn’t enough to handle normal function. Having Android on board would require so much more power, so we hope that Tegra 4 chipset really is included. If not, it will be another disappointment for the Chromebook, and lend credence to argument that it isn’t a viable platform.
Should Google merge the two?
They really should. Chrome OS has been slow to catch on, and having Android on board would really boost it’s appeal. More (and better) apps are created for Android, so the ability to use those as well as any Chrome apps would be phenomenal. Forget all the talk of “cross platform” being an important factor: if there is an Android-Chrome OS machine in the works, everyone else will have to re-think the way they approach the notebook computer.
Your move, Microsoft.