Newsletter: Android apps on Chrome OS & Google retires the Pixel C tablet

Newsletter: Android apps on Chrome OS & Google retires the Pixel C tablet

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“We are stuck with technology when all we want is just stuff that works” ~ Douglas Adams

ANDROID APPS ON CHROME OS

THE STORY

Now Chrome OS will be able to run Android apps in the background.

WHAT WAS THE ISSUE?

The biggest disadvantage of using Chrome OS is that apps on it don’t work as desktop software are supposed to. Google has been trying to overcome this shortcoming and looks like with Chrome OS 64, it will be achieved. Android apps when running on Chrome OS, pause whenever the focus is shifted from them. This is a hindrance for the people who often do heavy-duty multitasking.

HOW IS IT POSSIBLE NOW?

Now with the latest update, Google has launched a feature called Android Parallel Tasks within Chrome OS 64. It is currently available on Google’s beta channel. The feature will soon be available in public version of Chrome OS in near future. However, it is still not clear, when it’s going to get released. Google is working on making Android apps on Chrome OS more compatible, sturdy and desktop-like.


 GOOGLE RETIRES THE PIXEL C TABLET

THE STORY

Google will no longer be selling Pixel C on its online store.

WHAT IS THE REASON BEHIND IT?

Google has recently launched Pixel Notebook and now it will stop selling Pixel C through its online store. The end of sale represented the end of life for this Pixel device. Although, Google will not stop supporting the hardware in future.

This seems to be a reverse lateral shift in focus from Pixel C to Pixelbook as many in the industry has moved from slates to convertibles. Well, Pixel Book is not slim as a tablet but it is a versatile computing device. However, there is a slight bump on the road, the price seems to be higher. For Pixel C you need to pay $599 (plus keyboard)(starting range)  wherein you need to spend $999 to make the Pixelbook’s lowest SKU yours.

WHAT GOOGLE HAS TO SAY?

“As is common when a device has been out for a few years, we’re now retiring Pixel C and it is no longer available for sale,” the company said in a statement. “However, we are committed to updating and supporting it, including the recent update to Android 8.0, so customers can continue to get the best out of their device.”

And, of course, the statement wouldn’t be complete without a plug for its new premium Chromebook. “Our newly launched Google Pixelbook combines the best parts of a laptop and a tablet for those looking for a versatile device.”

Srishti Sisodia is a technical content journalist at Systweak Software. Apart from being a capable engineer, her affinity for inscription draws her towards writing interesting content about contemporary technologies and progressions. She is an avid reader and a fare connoisseur. She relishes different cuisines and when it comes to baking, she takes the cake!

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