In 2009, Google announced a new operating system – Chrome OS – based on the Linux kernel. Unlike conventional operating systems, Chrome OS is designed with features to run websites and web applications efficiently. Also, the open source operating systems stores both applications and data in the cloud. In 2011, Google launched – Chromebook – a lightweight laptop computer powered by Chrome OS. In 2016, Google even allowed users to access Google Play Store and run Android mobile apps on Chromebook. Also, Google has been updating Chrome OS regularly through the rolling release model.
The users can access the most recent version of the operating system without reinstalling the latest version over the previous version. Recently, Google rolled out the version 65.0.3325.184 of Chrome OS with a number of feature enhancements, security updates, and bug fixes. Chrome OS 65.0.3325.184 further makes it easier for users to access the latest features by coming with an updated Dev channel. Hence, we can predict the future of Chrome OS based on the information collected from various online sources.
Predicting Future of Chrome OS based on Online Information
Continue to Evolve
Since 2011 Google has been updating ChromeOS at regular intervals. Recently, it released Chrome OS 65.0.3325.184 with several feature enhancements, security updates, and bug fixes. Also, Google has already released beta preview edition of Chrome OS 66.0.3359.48 for evaluation and testing. The frequent release cycles depict Google’s commitment to support and update Chrome OS over a longer period of time. Also, it enables users to avail the most recent version of the OS through rolling releases.
Chromebook will gain Momentum
Since 2011, hardware partners of Google have been shipping new desktop and laptop models of Chromebook. At present, Chromebook has a strong presence in the education market. Google even persuades students and educators to use Chromebook by providing products and ideas through the Google for Education initiative. The market share data posted on several website depict that Chromebook has been gaining momentum in non-education sectors retail and financial services. The growing adoption rate of Chromebook will enable Chrome OS to compete with leading operating systems and increase market share.
New Chrome OS Tablets will arrive
Recently, Acer and Google unveiled Chromebook Tab 10 – the first tablet device running on Chrome OS. In addition to supporting touch screen input, the tablet enables users to access Android apps more seamlessly. Many analysts believe Google has taken the initiative to make the same operating system power computers and mobile devices just like Windows 10. Many hardware partners are expected to launch new tablet devices powered by Chrome OS. Acer plans to roll out Chromebook Tab 10 in phases. Hence, users will have to avail both large and small devices powered by Chrome OS in near future.
Users will Access on PCs
Many users nowadays explore ways to access Chrome OS on their existing desktop and laptop computers. Google does not allow users to install Chrome OS on devices powered by Windows or macOS. But Chrome OS is developed based on an open source project – Chromium OS. Google allows users to compile Chromium OS by downloading its source code. Many tech companies have launched customized and extended version of Chromium OS. The customized editions of Chromium OS comes with additional management features and run on conventional computers. Hence, many users will opt for customized Chromium OS to run Chrome OS on their existing devices.
Option to Access More Apps
Nowadays users spend most of their digital media time on mobile apps. Hence, the number of apps accessible on an operating system will directly impact its popularity. While using Chromebooks, the users can access Chrome Apps just like native mobile apps. At the same time, Google allows users to access Play Store and run Android apps on their Chromebooks. But the Android apps often do not deliver optimal user experience on Chromebook. The smartphones and tablets powered by Chrome OS will enable users to access both Chrome and Android apps seamlessly.
Chrome OS Rivals will arrive
The growing popularity of Chrome OS will encourage leading tech enterprises to launch similar operating systems. Many analysts believe that Microsoft is planning to compete with Google by launching a cloud-based operating system in 2018. Many tech bloggers even speculate that Microsoft is all set to announce Windows 10 S – the cloud-based variant of Windows 10 operating system – at a special event scheduled in May. There are also chances that users will soon have option to use cloud-based variant of major operating systems. Hence, Google has to revamp and update Chrome OS to compete with other cloud-based operating systems in the long run.
On the whole, Google will keep supporting and updating Chrome OS in the longer run. The company will even stack Android and Chrome OS individually and seamlessly. But the users will soon have option to access computers and mobile devices running on Chrome OS. Also, they will be able to choose from several cloud-based variant of major operating systems in future.