So you might have seen, I recently got a Surface 3 tablet, and I’m absolutely loving it.
Sure, I’m way behind the mark on this one, the Surface 4 line of things are out now, but I still love the thing, I’m typing this article out on it right now.
But I saw something the other day that sparked a thought, and I’m going to share that thought and a lot more with you now.
Is chrome os the future?
Ok, it’s kind of a random thought, but I saw an article talking about how it will be the future, considering the upcoming line of Chromebooks which are 2-1 and how Chrome OS has been able to run Android apps for a while now (however limited that function may be).
Google is probably the last company you think of when you hear the subject of computers brought up. They’re a search engine, what are they doing entering the computer market? But they’ve been really going at it with their Chrome OS on all of those Chromebooks you see the kids carrying around these days (kidding, I’ve only seen one), but with Windows and Mac OS dominating the market since the beginning, it’s hard to imagine that it could ever get a following.
But last year saw the first time that Android apps were available to download on Chrome
OS devices, thus making them all that more versatile and attractive. I don’t know what it is with the Android firmware, but every time it pops up in a new machine the world goes crazy (Ouya anyone?). It’s a sickness, as far as I can see, but I have to admit that having access to Android apps really opens up some possibilities. Mainly, it’s just the fact that you don’t have to use iOS which makes me want to bash my head against a wall from going through countless hoops just to sync my g*****n iTunes account, but it’s more than that. With Android, you have freedom, you have options, that’s the appeal that draws the masses. For one thing, you can actually go out and download files online, most people go for the emulators, but it’s also useful when you just want to download a quick PDF or a word document, you don’t have to hear that it isn’t compatible. Hell, you can even go so far as to create your own operating system, cracking the thing wide open.
Anyways, with a new 2-in-1 Chromebook on the horizon will we be seeing the monopoly of Chrome OS in mobile laptops/tablet devices? As it stands currently, the reigning champions of the market are Apple and Android devices, with laptops still sporting good old Windows and Mac OS. For people who have either of these devices, there aren’t a whole lot of reasons to switch over to Chrome OS even still, unless you really love android to the point where you want to have a laptop that runs it.
Ordinarily I’d look toward the gaming crowd to form an opinion, but these devices are small and portable, thus they have no power to them when you want to play games that have come out in the past couple years. Unless you’re a budget gamer like me, you’re not going to get any use out of these things. But in the end, it’s still down to how versatile the systems are, and while there are a lot of apps compatible with the new Chrome/Android hybrid, I can still do everything and more on Windows, the OS I’ve come to know and love my entire life. I see no reason to essentially downgrade to something not unlike the Apple software everyone enjoys so much, and those with Apple devices like the system they currently have. At least Linux captures the heart of every hard-core coder, but Chrome OS is just trying to be the hipster in all of this, quirky and different while not really offering anything else besides having everything on the cloud, which I’m not even sure is that great unless you have a whole system of Google devices running your life.
To draw a conclusion, if I wanted to play an emulator, I’d do it on my phone that has android, I wouldn’t go out and buy a laptop specially for it. And it’s not like the price point is any cheaper than it would be to buy a cheap Windows laptop. Maybe I’m just too partial to Windows, or maybe I just don’t want to go into the future. Whatever the reason, it’s my opinion that this won’t take off.