Google's Chrome OS is due for a big update, and with Android P rolling out later this year, it seems that the firm will likely be updating the underlying Android runtime for the OS from Nougat to P.

While Google's Chromebooks run Chrome OS, a custom build of Linux which revolves around the Chromium browser, the firm has begun including an Android runtime into it, which allows users to run Android apps on their devices. Google has now started advertising modern devices like the Pixelbook as having the ability to run Android apps and replace your tablet.

Now, while Chromebooks don't run on Android in the way phones and tablets do, Chrome OS devices do get advantages from having access to the latest APIs. The Nougat update brought support for free-form apps in Chrome OS, meaning that users would have the ability to run apps in free form windows and resize them arbitrarily.

For Oreo, while Google never did release a build of Android Oreo for the Chromebook, the firm would likely have added support for the new auto-fill feature in apps, which would have made security and password manager apps far more useful for Chromebook owners.

According to a commit spotted by XDA developers, the firm is planning on supporting Android P and bypassing Oreo, A commit created on March the 22nd reads: arcnext: Hook up _P tests to android-container-pi builds.

Similarly, another commit which was highlighted said, "Split tests into N and _P to bootstrap CQ/PFQs."

It looks likely that the company might be releasing Android P for Chromebooks, and we'll learn more about that what entails at Google I/O later this year.

Via XDA Developers