Not long ago, the computing world had users with a habit of two operating systems on one machine. Though those machines were desktops crafted with heavy hardware. Who thought of two operating systems on a laptop? And who thought of two operating systems on a tablet-cum-laptop? Maybe someone with Microsoft Windows as the primary OS.
Contrary to all assumptions, a Chrome OS-based laptop is thinking about it. We are talking about the newest crop of Chrome OS Google Pixel Slate.
Chrome OS Is Incomplete
Let’s admit that Chrome has eventually become more mature. But it’s heartbreaking for Google fans that Chrome OS is still buggy enough to fall behind for a day-to-day usage. We are not expecting the fancy gestures and animations like an iOS but why do we get a half-developed public version of Android?
App Launcher is the most recent feature introduced in Chrome, something that replaces desktop when the keyboard is removed from the setup. How hard it is to come to a conclusion while deciding between web apps and Android apps?
Another major thing that’s minor for everyone else is split-screen multitasking. If you are adding a split-screen feature, which you should because even smartphones work like that now, then keep it same for a laptop as well as tablet mode. Unfortunately, Google, in a failed attempt of creating something different, has different split-screen functionality for both tablet and laptop mode.
Another example of Pixel Slate stupidity is notifications. How can you expect someone to accept the same notification bar of Android on a laptop? Isn’t a Clear All button awkward behind other toggles? Maybe the work was required here rather than dual split-screen functionality. No matter how cool and important it feels on Android, the poorly located Notification Bar on Chrome needs a revision.
While we feel the above-mentioned features confusing and awkward, we also appreciate a back arrow on the bottom-left corner and an app switcher button on the bottom-right corner. Hopefully, Google fixes the things and add more controls and shortcuts of these kinds.
Android Apps- Holding It or Pulling It Down
Chrome OS leaves many gaps and the introduction of Android apps fill those gaps to a wide extent. But it is not all cherries and cakes. Remember when we used to add emulators to run apps of different platforms on PCs? They used to lag sometimes and they used to be slow.
Chrome OS has nothing but an inbuilt Android emulator for running these apps. While Chrome OS just focus on the web browser, the emulator usage makes Android apps an issue in themselves.
You get performance glitches every now and then. Many apps don’t work with the cursor and many refuse the keyboard. Maybe that’s the only reason why iPads refuse iOS apps on the device yet. We are not here to answer but to ask the biggest search engine of the internet why they think that functions of two different operating systems can work together?
We don’t want to deny the fact that Google is definitely trying hard to compete with big players but unfortunately, the engineers are just messing things up. Making a 2-in-1 laptop, they have actually included two operating systems in one laptop which is fading their contenders in the segment.