Chromebooks are finally taking on detachables. HP and Google together have launched the HP Chromebook X2, a Chrome OS-powered device that's taking on the iPad and Surface Pro. With a simplified OS and great hardware, this might just be Google's year.
With a tablet and a detachable run behind it, Google is taking several steps to make Chrome OS more touch-friendly, including a new touchable UX for tablets and hybrids. The firm will also be redesigning the OS's launcher for tablet users.
Google is updating Chrome OS this year with a bevvy of design changes. The firm will bring user-facing elements of the operating system in line with Android;s upcoming redesign, and has added a dark theme and translucency to the system tray.
As I/O approaches, Google has sent out its batch of emails for I/O tickets. Developers who have been selected from the raffle will be notified by email and have their cards charged. The firm has also made its schedule available for interested users.
Google's Material Design has had a long shelf life, but there are indications that the firm will be replacing it with Material Design 2. Commits made to Chromium show an tweaked colour palette and improvements to Chrome's touch support.
You may have never heard of AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages), but it is something you have probably already encountered during your web browsing without realizing it. It is also possible that you may have been bothered by one of its minor annoyances.
Chrome OS will soon gain Android Parallel tasks support. With Android Parallel tasks, ChromeOS PCs will be able to have more than one Android app run in the foreground, bringing it a step closer to a "real" desktop OS.