Oreo’s updates may mean more for Chrome than they do for Android.
It’s the time of year to look back and reflect on all that’s happened in the past 12 months. You’ll see that sort of thing here and most everywhere for the next week or so, which is great because there was a lot to talk about. It’s great to hear what people think about the products we love (or want to love) so we don’t get mired down by our own thoughts alone.
For me, Chrome has been the big thing from Google this year. The new Pixel 2 and its camera are great, updates for Google Photos are awesome, and Oreo is polishing Android very nicely. But Chrome has all that and more, and most of what’s really great about using it on a Chromebook happened in 2017.
Oreo has some great stuff for Chromebooks, too!
I’m talking about the way Android has been folded into the OS, of course. We’ve seen and heard about Android apps and Google Play on Chromebooks for a while now, but things kind of stalled at the end of 2016 and early this year. I’m a big fan of Chromebooks, and even I was getting to the point where the lack of, well, anything on the Android for Chrome front had me worried that the project was just dead like another Google Reader. The Chromebooks that incorporated it worked well enough but getting it on models slated for Google Play support had slowed to a crawl and it looked like not much was being done to make things any better.
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Google and its partners jumped in and sent a slew of Chromebooks to the table where Android apps were served in the middle of the year and