Like Microsoft a week earlier at Build 2017, Google hosted several sessions at its own I/O conference about Progressive Web Apps, or PWAs. Here is what they discussed.
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Google only made a single, brief mention of its efforts to add Android apps to Chromebooks during last week's Google I/O keynote address. But a Google I/O session went much deeper.
Just days ahead of Google's annual developer conference, the long-delayed and Android-compatible Samsung Chromebook Pro is finally available for preorder.
One year ago, Google announced that it was bringing Android apps to Chromebooks in a move aimed directly at Windows. But that vision has never turned into reality.
On Tuesday, Microsoft is expected to announce new products and services aimed at education. This is arguably the most important Microsoft event of the year. Assuming, that is, that you care about the future of this company.
Google is rumored to be bringing its Android Studio developer environment to Chrome OS. This is perhaps a bigger deal than is immediately obvious.
Those introducing non-Microsoft devices into their workflows may be worried about losing familiar functionality. For example:, can you print to an existing printer from a Chromebook?
Once expected in late 2016, a new generation of touch- and pen-capable---and Android-compatible---Chromebooks is finally set for release.
The delayed launch of a Samsung Chromebook 2-in-1 is pretty much all you need to know about this erstwhile threat to Windows.
Android apps on Chromebook could trigger an extinction moment for the PC. But Google never delivered on its promises to make that happen.
Microsoft said it was "partnering" with Google to ensure that its Office apps for Android will work with all compatible Chromebooks.
Samsung's new Chromebook has quite a few features that may attract users who traditionally would have purchased a Windows device.
A new, early-development version of Chrome OS is offering a feature Windows users have enjoyed for years: The ability to sign-in to the PC using a PIN. Now maybe Apple can join the 21st century and offer this feature on Macs, too.
Google announced today that it will be removing support for web apps from its Chrome web browser on Windows (and on Mac and Linux as well) over the next two years. These web apps will only be supported on Chrome OS for the foreseeable future, Google says.
If you're feeling a little frosty this morning, it might be because hell just froze over: Microsoft announced today that it is bringing full-featured Skype experiences to Linux (!), Chromebook and the Chrome web browser.
Thanks to an update to Skype for Web, it's now possible to make Skype-based audio calls using a Chromebook. Previously, you could only engage in IM-style text chat on that platform.
A few weeks back, Google announced that it would bring its Android app and Google Play Store ecosystems to Chromebook, dramatically improving the portable PC alternative. Now, we can see how these two platforms will work together.
With Android apps coming to Chromebook this summer, I thought it was time to upgrade from the aging Toshiba model I'd been using. And while I'd love to have a Chromebook Pixel, the $1300 asking price was just a bit too high. So I've purchased the next best thing, a new Acer Chromebook 14.
Google today confirmed that it is adding Android apps to Chrome OS, it's lightweight desktop OS for laptops and other PC form factors. So what does this mean?
There's been an interesting push this year by hardware makers to adapt Chromebooks for business use. But HP's new Chromebook 13 for business borrows a page from its Windows phone strategy in going the extra distance and offering integration capabilities with Microsoft environments.
A report in Ars Technica claims that Google will dramatically expand its App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) technologies to bring over one million Android apps to Chrome OS and Chromebooks. And to Windows, too.
Here are some more tidbits from around the Internets today: Cortana to float, big update for Groove on Windows 10 Mobile, Wal-Mart mobile payments, Tim Cook disses Chromebook.
Google today said that Chrome OS was "here to stay" and that it has "no plan to phase out Chrome OS." But that's not quite a refutation of a WSJ report.
Google may finally be moving towards a more cohesive mobile OS strategy: It will reportedly combine Android and Chrome OS into a single mobile OS.
Here's what's happening today: I'm flying home from Colorado, 25 percent of Steam users are on Windows 10, and Microsoft/Google patent settlement questions.
Just ten days after it delivered a limited beta release of Skype for Web to customers in the US and UK, Microsoft has made the beta available worldwide.