Chrome OS and Android

Last week several sites reported that Chrome OS was merging with Android to make one system that will run on Chromebooks and Android devices.

Examples of the reports:

These rumors are not true. At least not to the extent they’ve been reported. Chrome OS will always be Chrome OS according to Google’s Chrome blog. In the article they say that Chromebooks are listed as the best-selling laptop computer on They say they will keep developing Chromebooks and they will only get better over time.

So what is a Chromebook?

A member of Jody’s crew recently purchased a Chromebook. Here are some of the things we found out about it.

It runs on ChromeOS and has limited programs preinstalled. It is fairly light-weight. Most Chromebooks come with only 16GB solid state hard drive. That sounds really small but a Chromebook is not made to do heavy-duty computing. It is made for the cloud. You get 100GB cloud space with it for free for 2 years. Most Chromebooks are only 11.6″ wide but we found that HP Chromebook 14 has a 32GB solid-state hard drive with a 14″ screen.

Set up is so easy! When you first turn it on, you choose your language, you connect to your Wi-Fi, and you put in your Google ID. Done!

Since it is made by Google, it has all your Google apps that you have linked up with your Chrome Browser. If you added games, they show up in the apps grid. Not to be confused with Android, you won’t see the apps from your phone showing up on your Chromebook. Some of your browser add-ons will show up as apps.

Since Chromebook runs ChromeOS – a linux based OS, you can also run linux on it. There are two types – one using Crouton – which allows you to go from Chrome to Ubuntu and back using the same file system with the push of a few keys. The other called Chrubuntu which allows for dual-boot OS – meaning you will need to partition the space.

We will be experimenting with this in the coming weeks and keep you updated.