Android is a smartphone and tablet OS, but soon you could be running it on a computer.
The rumor started with a Wall Street Journal report that Google will direct its partners to start making laptops running Android. The company could also combine Android and Chrome OS — its current computer operating system — into a single platform. (Video via Google)
Google execs haven't explicitly denied that last bit, but they're also reminding everyone Chrome OS will still get support for the time being.
Remember, there's nothing technically wrong with Chrome OS. Google will still support it, and Chromebook manufacturers can still load it on their machines. (Video via Acer)
Android just has certain advantages over Chrome if Google really does decide to try it out on laptops. (Video via Android)
Like scale. Android has a commanding lead among mobile device operating systems — more than 80 percent of the market. (Video via Google)
And Re/code notes Google is rightly focusing on mobile because that's where a lot of the revenue is, and where more of it is going.
What will this look like? Google's recent Pixel C tablet is probably a good prototype: You can configure it like a laptop and send your input with its keyboard, and it's running Android. (Video via Android Authority)
Android laptop releases — hopefully some less expensive ones — will start sometime next year. (Video via Android Headlines)
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