What is an ecosystem Apple, which is usually talked about with aspiration? In fact, there is nothing sacred about it. These are just a few devices that can simply be paired with each other. For example, Apple Watch can unlock your Mac, and iPhone allows you to continue editing text that you previously worked with on a Mac. Google has never had anything like it, although the range of branded devices of the company was and remains quite wide. However, the search giant decided it was time to take an example from Apple and create a full-fledged ecosystem.
Google decided to follow the path Apple and make a normal ecosystem
Google developers expect to deepen the mutual integration of Android and Chrome OS. This will allow devices based on these operating systems to be paired like iPhone and Mac. In addition to Nearby Sharing data transfer technology, which is already available on Android and Chrome OS, they will receive support for additional features aimed at expanding compatibility Android and Chrome OS.
Combine Android and chromebook
These innovations are:
Getting a Chromebook and a Android smartphone to work together is pretty easy, and Google intends to do so
- Universal notifications
- Sharing apps
- Ability to continue working from one device to another
The latest innovation is a complete analogue of the Continuity tool from Apple. It is thanks to him that iPhone and the Mac have a common clipboard, and they allow the user to continue the work started on the computer on the smartphone, and vice versa. Thus, it is possible to easily switch between devices, depending on which one is more convenient for you to work with at the moment. After all, you can start writing text on a computer while sitting in the office, and typesetting – already on a smartphone on the way home. In general, a great solution for fans of true multitasking.
However, this is where the innovations end, which is rather strange. Despite the fact that the fact of their appearance, albeit in the future tense, is already great in itself, the same Microsoft managed to integrate Android with Windows much deeper . Yes, for this the company had to release a special application, but who cares if it provides the user with a much wider range of possibilities when working with a smartphone and computer. Here are just the key features of the Your Phone app from Microsoft:
How to link laptop and smartphone
Your Phone app by Microsoft expands the capabilities of Android and Windows more than Google can do
- Common notification center;
- Receiving messages with the ability to respond to them;
- Receiving incoming calls and the ability to make outgoing calls;
- Shared clipboard with the ability to copy and paste;
- Shared storage for photos and videos.
See how cool it is? Meanwhile, Microsoft has nothing to do with Android. She just wanted Windows to be able to do a little more than before, and thereby make it easier for users to use their operating system Android. So why, in this case, Google does not want to do something like this, and if so, why not? It's so logical to teach Chrome OS and Android to work together, than to build the potential of both platforms and provoke users to buy them in pairs.
Would I buy a laptop for Chrome OS if it was paired with Android how does iPhone work with a Mac? I don't know, most likely not. Still, Chromebooks are not my topic a bit. However, there are a lot of users who buy them even now, despite the minimal set of functions. These are schoolchildren, students, and journalists, for whom a small and inexpensive laptop with Google Docs support is often enough. They would definitely be delighted to see Continuity on Chrome OS. And there, who knows, maybe I would have tasted this fruit.