Rumor-mill has it that Android 5.0 named as “Jelly Beans” according to the custom and tradition of Android, is going to include support for Netbooks and as part of that plan, will dual boot Chrome OS.
Yes, that’s little hard to digest. Lets dig deeper now to find out what’s happening here.
Everything started with a Digitimes article. This website has a track record of bringing rumors in to town using their connections with manufacturers in Taiwan. Here is the part we are interested in.
Android 5.0 will be further optimized for tablet PCs, while Google will also integrate its Chrome system functions to push dual-operating system designs. Brand vendors can either choose to adopt only Android 5.0 or add Android 5.0 to Windows 8 devices with the ability to switch between the two OSes without the need to shut down the computer.
Wait, there is talk about Windows 8 and Chrome. Let us get rid of Windows 8 first. The plan, according to this article is to have the ability toÂ switchÂ between the operating systems instead of rebooting each time.
Will Windows 8 allow that? Uh, good question. Let us bring in thisÂ slashgear.com article here.Â :Â Itâ€™s worth remembering that Microsoftâ€™s Windows 8 hardware requirements apparentlyÂ block second OS installation on ARM-based PCsÂ by users, thanks to a locked Secure Boot system, though itâ€™s unclear whether OEMs are permitted to do so before the hardware leaves the factory.
Okay, so if Windows 8 does not allow this, what’s plan B? Chrome OS obviously!!. Makes sense right? Not completely, at least to me.
Google released a beta version of Chrome for Android couple of days back. It’s evident that they have put in lot of time and resources to get things done the way they are. Now, my question is, when Chrome is on Android, what extra do you get by booting Â the same hardware in to Chrome OS? Â Isn’t Chrome better within the Android echo system than separate?
Chromebooks Still Matter
One argument everyone seems to be making to prove their point about this dual boot story is that Chromebooks didn’t do well and hence Google is trying to bundle it with already successful and popular Android.
Chromebooks didn’t perform super awesome, I agree, but they did not fail completely. I have a feeling that its gradually (but slowly) improving their market share. I do not have any number to prove this, but that’s the feeling I get reading about them every day around the web.
So, What Will Be The Connection Between Android 5.0 and Chrome OS?
Well, here is what I think. It will be more closely integrated with Chromesync, bringing your browsing experience seamless across platforms. Chrome on your computer, tablet and phone may have different UIs and settings but will be “Your Chrome” With Android 5.0 Jelly Beans, this experience might get better.
So, what do you think?