Monday , January 15 2018

Android 7.1 Nougat is coming to Chrome OS, and very soon

Just at the time when many thought the Chromebook might not be long for this world, the advent of Android apps on Google’s still-young platform was a real game changer. We’re only really now seeing devices launch with Android compatibility out of the box, instead of older devices receiving the functionality as development progresses.

There are, of course, a few things that could be done better, and one of the big ones is the version of Android that’s being used inside Chrome. At the moment, Chrome OS uses Android 6.0, and while it’s not that old, and while there aren’t that many changes from Android 6.0 to Android 7.1, there are a couple of key ones, and resizing windows is a huge one.

Android 7 Nougat has OS-level support for multi-window functionality, and that means that apps can resize to the appropriate size for the window (or part of it) that they’ve got. On a desktop-type environment like a Chromebook, this is even more important, because you can then resize Android apps to take up as much or as little space as you like.

There are other minor changes under the hood too, but the main news here is that it’s coming, and soon. Android 7.1 is already in testing in Chrome’s Canary channel (i.e. alpha-level of stability), and it should make its way to more Chromebooks soon.

Here’s hoping the new Chromebooks from Samsung and Asus – which are already properly desirable – will be receiving this new version sooner rather than later.

Via: 9to5Google.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were “transportable” and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia’s most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Looking forward to this! I have the play store on the stable channel through my Acer R11 and like it a lot. Getting current Android releases through Chrome OS would be fabulous. No waiting on oem’s.

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