Wait…. Android 5.0 To Dual Boot Chrome OS? I don’t Think So!

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 to switch between the operating systems instead of rebooting each time.

Android 5.0 to Dualboot Chrome OS?

Android 5.0 to Dualboot Chrome OS?

Will Windows 8 allow that? Uh, good question. Let us bring in this slashgear.com article here. : It’s worth remembering that Microsoft’s Windows 8 hardware requirements apparently block second OS installation on ARM-based PCs by users, thanks to a locked Secure Boot system, though it’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  the same hardware in to Chrome OS?  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?

In Category: Android


Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • earls 16/02/2012, 9:10 pm

    Argh, this is so frustrating.

    The only reason Android can gain any ground is because the web-hardware apis aren’t even close to done yet.

    ChromeOS > Android… Except for Android’s great hardware support.

    Google is putting themselves in a tight spot here – they’re definitely going to be disappointing a lot of people one way or the other unless their intention is to continue to develop both in parallel indefinitely. While ChromeOS is TECHNICALLY better than Android, no one is going to give up the conveniences of Android for limitations ChromeOS. I’m anxious to see what the future brings.

    • Dinu 16/02/2012, 9:18 pm

      hmm, Chrome is better than Android? I thought both are different things with different possibilities.

      Chrome OS is more focused and will need to reach audience to grow.. till then it will be a slow growth .. its a new thinking and need more people to adopt it..

  • Scot 16/02/2012, 10:51 pm

    With regards to Windows 8, I think they’re talking about x86, not ARM (It looks like the ARM port of Windows 8 isn’t actually called Windows 8, even though it shares the same kernel). Chrome OS would make for an excellent “fast boot” environment for x86 PCs. I don’t think Windows 8’s UEFI Secure Boot requirement would be an issue in this case.

    If they can get Android x86 boot times down to Chrome OS levels then Android+Chrome is probably going to be an easier sell to more people, especially if it is to be the primary OS. Again, it could be fast boot into Chrome OS or slow boot into Android -even better fast Boot into Chrome OS and then bring up bits of Android (like the Dalvik VM) as needed (or just run Android x86 in a virtual machine).

  • Joel 17/02/2012, 1:00 am

    I like chrome os and it’s growing market! I think of my chrome os 3g and wifi chromebooks as my Sweet babies! and my normal pc as a Dad to them. The only reason, mark my words, the !Only! reason chromebooks are so amazing is that they are paid for which means in about 3 years they will be so much more sweet and I won’t have to worrie about installing upgrades updates virus software, software, or work with hardware. They are all completely taken care of. Kinda like having children that come with babe sitters.