New updates have been released by Google regarding the enhancement of Chromebook apps!
It was announced by Google during Google I/O 2014 that Android apps will be coming to Chromebooks. An example of an app that was demostrated during the Developer’s Conference was Evernote. Evernote is an Android app which is available in the Chrome OS launcher. Other apps demoed were Vine and Flipboard.
The American Company also released an announcement end of last month that another app will be released. This app will allow users to unlock their Chromebooks when they are in near distance to the device. This means no pins or passwords will be needed for the gadget. I’m not quite sure how safe this would be though or how exactly users will be able to do this via the app though. In addition, users will get notifications on their Chromebook that a text message has been received on their smartphone or that their smartphone is running low on battery. However, the notification integration will not be just limited to incoming phone calls and text messages ensured Google Senior VP Sundar Pichai said during the Google I/O keynote. This is a basic feature to something bigger and better that we will be seeing from the app.
Google also plans to let Android applications run across both phones and Chromebooks. To attract businesses and corporations to use Chromebooks, Google is in addition, bringing a new data separation feature to Android phones, to keep corporate and personal data separate.
We’re expecting all these new apps and notifications to come with the release of the latest Android L. Nonetheless, no official launch date for these apps have been set.
For consumers who have Android powered phones and a Chromebook, these apps would seem to be very useful in syncing their gadgets. We’re looking forward to witnessing how exactly these apps will be translated to the Chromebooks.