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ChrisMurphy
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9/12/2014 | 9:48:11 AM
Chromebooks
My middle-school daughter is using Chromebooks this year in class, replacing netbooks of year's past, and she has been raving about them. Biggest appeal seems to be instant-on. 
David F. Carr
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9/12/2014 | 10:39:03 AM
What's the advantage for the Chromebook user?
Do these Android apps run faster than equivalent Web apps? Or better offline performance? Or is this a matter of boosting the library of apps for Chromebook?
PedroGonzales
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9/12/2014 | 2:04:32 PM
Re: Chromebooks
I noticed the same trend.  People I know like instant-on chromebook providee.  Many people must be requesting such changes.  I wonder whether such changes would incite people to get chromebooks because of the availability of these apps.
Thomas Claburn
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9/12/2014 | 3:57:50 PM
Re: Chromebooks
I got Chromebooks for my daughters for the security and maintenance benefits -- in other words, I don't have to do anything to keep them running. 
Thomas Claburn
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9/12/2014 | 4:05:24 PM
Re: What's the advantage for the Chromebook user?
It's a bit of both. Android apps on Chrome OS should be faster than the Web app equivalent (native code in Native Client vs. Web app code that has not been optimized for speed, via asm.js for example), but that's largely theoretical since Android and Web apps have different codebases (and thus aren't directly comparable) and since Web versions for these services (ie: Evernote) differ from the Android versions.

But Google does make Chromebooks more valuable to users by making Android apps accessible.
PmbD463
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9/13/2014 | 4:32:58 PM
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mattbehnken
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9/14/2014 | 5:20:22 AM
Re: Chromebooks
Instant-On is a nice feature. As well as system updates in under 5 seconds. (including the reboot), lightweight and portablitily are pluses. The battery life is substantial. I've never had a laptop last through days of use without charging. No programs are a big plus for me. I use chromebrowser across devices so a dedicated chrome device is quite convienent. Especially with regards to chromecast. I also utilize the developer mode to access to linux ubuntu in case I need to do something that requires a program. I can switch between linux and chrome os with only a keystroke. It doesn't store all my music and pictures but those are on the cloud anyway so they are accesible and playable if i did want to view/listen to them. I use spotify though. The chromebook has blown me away for the price. It's my research tool and since it looks like a laptop it's good for discussion posts. My tablets and phone don't provide the most user friendly typing experience. (IPAD and NOTE3). You can be a little bit rougher with them too since they are relatively cheap. My HP chromebook is selling for $199 now. 

I would like to play some android games on my chromebook though. Blue Stacks (android emulator program) is only available on standard Operating Systems. It was available for chromebook awhile back but they pulled it. It's basically a tablet with a keyboard attached, which I like. Cheers
SaneIT
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9/15/2014 | 7:40:41 AM
Re: What's the advantage for the Chromebook user?
I think once they get the two OSes tied a little more closely that ChromeOS will get a nice bump in market share.  If you think about it the majority of people with smart phones spend more screen time with their phone than with a PC.  Bringing the apps that they use every day to a larger screen and making the computing experience seamless is going to be big.  Every desktop OS is getting more mobile friendly so I think it was only a matter of time before ChromeOS started running Android apps I was just hoping it would be more complete when it was released.
greenhows
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9/15/2014 | 12:26:02 PM
Chrome and Android
Why have two operating systems to begin with? Aren't they both linux? Seems to me Google is creating problems for themselves by not creaing a desktop version of android...
Thomas Claburn
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9/15/2014 | 12:33:17 PM
Re: Chrome and Android
Part of the reason Google maintained two OSes may have been in case the Oracle lawsuit against Android went badly wrong. But there are other rationale. I doubt when Chrome OS was first envisioned that its relationship with Android was planned out.
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