Android vs Chrome OS


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Android
Android powers millions of phones, tablets, and other devices and brings the power of Google and the web into your hands. With an amazingly fast browser, cloud sync, multi-tasking, easy connect & share, and the latest Google apps (and thousands of other apps available on Google Play) your Android powered device is beyond smart.
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Chrome OS
Chrome OS is a Linux-based operating system designed by Google to work exclusively with web applications. Google Chrome OS is initially intended for secondary devices like netbooks, not as a user's primary PC, and will run on hardware incorporating an x86 or ARM-based processor.
Comparing Android vs Chrome OS is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Android has more user-friendly interface than Chrome OS because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Android is more popular than Chrome OS

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Google launched Chrome OS for Enterprise (in 2017)
- New Android Oreo enables picture-in-picture multitasking (in 2017)
- VMware to include Chrome OS management in Workspace One (in 2017)
- Android 7.0 Nougat brings more security to work (in 2016)
- Android apps support coming to Chromebooks (in 2016)
- Google announced the next version of Android (in 2016)
- Android Marshmallow features supercharged Google Now (in 2015)
- Google launched Android For Work (in 2015)
- Google unveiled Android for smartwatches (in 2014)
- Nokia unveils first Android-phone to lead users to Microsoft's cloud (in 2014)

Looks like Android was recently more active than Chrome OS (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Android and Chrome OS meet head to head:

2017 - VMware to include Chrome OS management in Workspace One - a new advantage over Android


VMware announced a partnership with Google to help control identity and access and set policies across the Chromebook line. The trouble is that large companies don’t to tend to use Chromebooks exclusively. When you are managing multiple devices that include Chrome OS along with others running Windows, OSX, iOS and Android, it suddenly gets a bit trickier to manage policy across all those OS types. Using VMware’s Workspace One product, companies can control access, set policies and handle identity management all from a single environment across all of the supported operating systems.

2016 - Android 7.0 Nougat brings more security to work - new advantage over Chrome OS


Google is unveiling the new version of its mobile operation system Android 7.0 Nougat with strengthened security features, improved management capabilities and increased user control that can boost productivity for your employees. With Android Nougat, if your company uses VPN, your work network traffic data is better protected from the time a device boots up, thanks to the new always on VPN feature. In addition to new security features, Android Nougat brings the ability to open and resize two Android apps on the same screen gives employees more information to make smarter business decisions while multitasking. It’s easier to collaborate with team members too. Searching for work contacts can be done in both the personal dialer and messenger app. Plus employees have access to corporate directory contacts for incoming calls.

2016 - Android apps support coming to Chromebooks



Google announced support for Android apps on Chromebooks — with little to no extra effort on the part of developers. That means your employees can have access to the broad ecosystem of Android apps in Google Play for Work on their Chromebooks, managed centrally with access controls. For example, they will be able to view and edit Microsoft Word documents in the Android version of Microsoft Word. Administrators can manage these Android apps now from that same Chrome admin console: allow or restrict Android application installations, and you can even allow particular Android apps for certain users and not others. The feature will become available in early June on specific Chrome laptops. Later this year it will be available for many more Chrome devices.

2012 - Google Play allows to create enterprise app stores to keep up with Chrome OS


Imagine that your company ordered the development of some specific Android app for internal use. App is ready, but how to distribute it to employees? Android - is an open system, so your admin can call each employee and install the app to each smartphone manually. But if you have a lot of users - it's embarrassing. You can buy one of these MDM (Mobile Device Management) systems and install the app automatically. This is convenient, but very expensive. You can publish the app to the public Google Play directory. But in this case it will be available to anyone, which is not always acceptable. Now there's the fourth option - Google Play Private Channels where admin can privately publish enterprise applications, and employees can easily find and install them. However, to use these Private Channels your company must have the Google Apps account.

These enterprise channels are free, but you need to pay $25 for registration in Google Play (like any other developer).

Note that the similar app dissemination service is available in Apple's App Store. A with the release of Windows Phone 8, it's also available in Microsoft's mobile platform. So, in this case, Google is playing catch-up with the competitors.

2012 - Google Chrome and Google Drive come to iPhone/iPad to take on Android



Remember how it was on Windows? First, Google released the browser - Google Chrome. Then it quietly turned the browser into the operating system and now, it like a cancer is trying to replace Windows by itself. The same thing happened on Mac OS. Recently Chrome also has become the default browser on Android. And few days ago Google (saying that Chrome is already the most popular browser in the world) has launched Chrome for iOS. However, Google's plan to replace all the operating systems by the Chrome can be broken by the Apple's mobile platform. The fact is that Apple has limited the capabilities of third-party browsers on the iOS beforehand. In fact, all third-party browsers on iPhone/iPad can work only as add-ons to the native browser Safari (using its secure Javascript-engine). In result - they work 2 times slower than Safari. Also, Safari is the default browser on iOS and it can't be replaced.

Thus, Google's dream about Web-oriented cross-platform operating system may come true only through the court, which would remove these restrictions.


In addition to Chrome, Google has released Google Drive app for iOS. It allows to sync folders or specific files between PC, online account, Android-smartphone and now iPhone / iPad. The app for iOS also allows to view many file types, but you can edit them only using online Google Docs, which don't work offline and open in Safari browser (because of described above reason).

However, as you know, Google recently acquired the mobile office suite QuickOffice, so soon we can expect the native apps for editing documents on iOS.

2011 - Cisco Cius - enterprise tablet for videoconferencing to keep up with Chrome OS

Cisco Cius
Cisco Cius was presented a year ago and then we expected that it will become a serious iPad competitor in the Enterprise market (because iPad at that time even didn't have a webcam). But unfortunately, Cisco - is a big and slow company. Official Cisco Cius sales launched only yesterday (before the tablet was used only by some Cisco customers). And the parameters of the device, which impressed us a year ago, no longer seem so stunning today. Cisco Cius works on Android, which saves the tablet from the main lack of its competitors (such as the Blackberry Playbook and HP TouchPad) - the lack of applications. However, the Android version in Cius is 2.2 (which was not adapted for the tablets). And its still unknown when it be upgraded to Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

After the release of HP TouchPad, Cius doesn't impress so much by its Enterprise features. The same security, remote administration and virtualization tools. The Cius has an Appstore – it is called AppHQ and will be attractive to IT managers as it provides micro control over application distribution.

Cius has a 7-inch screen and a powerful processor 1.2GHz. Hardware-wise, Cisco Cius features an SD card slot, HDMI, Ethernet and mini-USB ports. Another original feature of Cisco Cius - support for LTE networks. This is important so that the tablet could anywhere perform its basic function - videoconferencing.

In fact Cius was created to complement the Cisco's Unified Communications platform. By default it is integrated with Webex meeting software, Quad social software, the Jabber messaging tool and the TelePresence real-time videoconferencing system. The device supports HD-video (720p) for higher quality video. It also has a docking station for easy video chatting at your workplace.

Cisco Cius doc-station
Of course, the Cius' price - is also in Enterprise style - $750. So we don't forecast its general popularity, but it will be a success in large corporations.

2011 - Google Chromebooks - netbooks for business to compete with Android

Google Chromebook
Today, Google has finally introduced the first commercial netbooks with Chrome OS - Chromebooks. They are manufactured by Acer and Samsung and will be available since June 15. As promised, these netbooks work only with web-applications. They launch in 8 seconds, require no software installation and updates, no anti-virus software, because viruses simply don't work on Chrome OS. The main interface - is Chrome browser, which enables you to access any web-app or site (including flash-sites). Moreover, Chrome OS allows to cache web-applications and work with them offline. It also features in-built file manager that allows to access local files. In general, everything looks as beautiful as had been expected since the first Chrome OS presentation, except one moment - the price.

The cheapest model from Acer costs $349 and it's without 3G-module (only with Wi-Fi). Samsung will launch two models: Wi-Fi-version for $429 and 3G-version for $499. Of course, it's cheaper than the iPad, and other tablets, but it's not so cheap compared with regular (Windows) netbooks. Thus, there is no reason for consumers to run to the store and stand in line waiting for a Chromebook.



But business-users have a reason to buy these devices. First, because for business customers Google offers leased Chromebooks for $28/month (currently only in the U.S. and some European countries). This can be an excellent option for startups and companies with rotative number of employees.

But even without this leasing opportunity, Chromebook - is very attractive device for companies that use web-applications. It's potentially a huge cost-saving in IT budget. Yes, Chromebook is not cheaper than traditional windows-netbook or average desktop computer. But it completely kills the expenses for antivirus software, consequences of the virus attacks and computer administration costs at all. All the IT administrator has to do - is to give Chromebooks to employees. That's all. No software installation. No updates. No maintenance. No troubleshooting. If employee loses Chromebook - he just gets the new one and in 8 seconds, he can continue working with his apps and data.

2010 - Google Chrome Web Store is open - a new advantage over Android

Google Chrome Web Store
Last week, Google was expected to officially release its web-based operating system for netbooks Google Chrome OS, but this didn't happen. Google decided to delay the launch until the summer 2011. But the company opened Chrome Web Store - the online marketplace, that is a part of the operating system. It's not a new technology or platform for web apps. Rather, it is another opportunity for developers to promote their products on the market. And for Google - it's also a way to promote its products - Google Checkout and Google ID. Here's how it works:

Google Chrome Web Store
Chrome Web Store - ia an online directory, which contains web apps, Chrome browser extension and themes (extensions and themes - are of the little interest for us). User finds the needed application, reads reviews and clicks "install". App installation only places the app icon to the app section on the Chrome blank page (it's like a desktop in Windows). Later the user can quickly launch the application by clicking on the icon. That's it.

Web application can be hosted on any platform and not linked to Chrome and Google at all. However, Google recommends developers (for improving user experience):
- to support Google ID authentication in their apps
- to use Google Checkout as a payment solution

If developer wants to use Google Checkout he needs to support Google ID authentication in his app. Google Checkout provides all payment options: one-time fee, monthly, yearly subscriptions, trial-period. Google's commission is 5% + $0.30 for each transaction. With a help of special Licensing API the app can check whether the user has paid. There's only one problem: only US developers can accept payments via Google Checkout. Others can either add free apps to Chrome Web Store or use another e-commerce solution.

Developers can add apps to the Chrome Web Store for free. But each developer has to pay a one time registration fee $5. All apps go through an automated review process and in most cases, an app will be published without further manual review. Sorting applications in the marketplace is based on user ratings and moderators preferences. Paid placements are not provided yet.

At the moment Chrome Web Store only works in Google Chrome browser. But Google promises to add other browsers support in future.