Since their debut years prior, Chromebooks have long been criticized for lacking native applications. That is something Google has addressed by delivering support for Android applications and, more importantly, Linux applications on Chromebooks, and now the last is, at last, dropping its beta label.
Google originally declared the ability to bring Linux apps to Chromebooks at I/O 2018, launching the functionality in beta on certain gadgets that same year. In the time since the functionality has extended to virtually all Chromebooks as long as they have the performance chops to deal with it.
At I/O 2021, Google affirmed during a Developer Session that Linux support on Chrome OS would be graduating from beta status. This will occur during the Chrome 91 release that is set to carry out in around two weeks or so. This comes after Google has added features such as better stability, faster updates, better port/USB support, and more. A new expansion is an ability for Linux to update close by Chrome OS itself, cutting down as much as 15 or so minutes that the process previously required.
Remarkably, Google likewise affirmed that the rollout of Android 11 to Chrome OS will be further growing with coming updates to the platform. Google likewise affirmed that at least 50 new Chromebook models will hit the market during 2021, something that doesn’t come as an immense surprise, given the absolutely gigantic development in Chromebook demand over the previous year.
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