Google is gradually unifying its two major operating systems in the shape of Android and Chrome OS, with the latest efforts making it possible for Chromebook users to install and actually run Android 7.1.1 Nougat apps on their gadgets without any issues.
In the past, this wasn’t possible. Google had dedicated applications for Chrome OS and a separate list for Android OS. However, the tech giant wants this to change, much more like Microsoft has done with its new Windows 10 OS, which lets users use the same applications on both mobile devices and PCs without any issues.
According to the latest developments, the latest Chrome OS build has gained support for Android 7.1.1 Nougat apps, stepping up the game from compatibility with Android Marshmallow apps. Those using Chrome OS 55 can access apps that are based on the year-old Marshmallow OS, but there is a new beta version 57 of the former that now supports the new Android OS. At this time of writing, only a few Chromebooks have been confirmed to be running Android 7.1.1 Nougat apps, among them Acer R11 and Pixel 2015.
Google has been rumored to be working on another OS that brings together the best of Android and Chrome operating systems. Dubbed Andromeda, this OS has never gotten off the ground and in fact, it remains to be seen if it will actually materialize into a real thing. There have been reports that the search engine giant is working on a new tablet and a host of other devices that will be powered by this Andromeda OS out of the box. However, Google has not confirmed any of these reports.
Google’s Android OS is already suffering from fragmentation and it would be a welcome move if the company ceased developing a new OS for every gadget and instead find a way to come up with a single OS that is compatible with all of their offerings.