Google has quietly made an investment that has the potential to have a big impact on the future of Chrome OS. The search engine giant was lead investor in the latest fundraising round from Neverware, the company behind the CloudReady operating system. It is an investment which could have a big impact on the future of Chrome OS.
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While Chromebooks offer support for an impressive range of touchpad gestures, there is one in particular that is absent. Pinch-to-zoom functionality has never been implemented on Chrome OS, but now it appears that Google is planning to add support for the feature.
The Samsung Chromebook Plus and Samsung Chromebook Pro have generated a fair amount of excitement in 2017. But with the South Korean company not selling laptops in Europe, consumers on the continent have been left without easy access to either machine.
Google is still working on establishing Android app support on Chromebooks, and the search engine giant has confirmed some exciting future plans for the venture. Demonstrating its commitment to Chrome OS, Google has said it may introduce some new Android features to Chromebooks before they arrive on other devices.
In a major boost for Chrome OS, Adobe has announced that it will be releasing versions of its Creative Cloud apps for the platform. Chromebook owners will get access to a variety of creativity tools, better known for the availability on Windows and Mac hardware.
Even though laptop sales are expected to shrink in 2016, Chromebooks are set to beat the market and post healthy growth figures. The latest data from market research firm TrendForce projects that the global laptop market will reduce in size by 5.1 percent in 2016, compared to last year, while Chromebooks shipments are expected to grow between 30-40%.
The support for Android apps on Chrome OS has understandably received a considerable amount of positive attention. But it has emerged that there may be at least one potential downside to the change, with Google working to make it possible for manufacturers to preinstall Android apps onto devices.
Android apps have started to arrive on Chromebooks, with the ASUS Chromebook Flip the first device to offer support. Anyone who is running developer mode on their ASUS Chromebook Flip is now able to install apps directly from Google Play.
When an article appeared in the Wall Street Journal stating that Chrome OS would be folded into Android, many feared the worst for the future of Chromebooks. Now, less than six months later, the Chrome OS platform looks to be in excellent health, following two important pieces of news.