Android vs Chrome OS

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.
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.

Latest news about Android and Chrome OS:

10.05.17. VMware to include Chrome OS management in Workspace One. 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.

23.08.16. Android 7.0 Nougat brings more security to work . 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.

20.05.16. 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.

14.03.16. Google announced the next version of Android. Google introduced the new version of its mobile OS - Android N. It's now available for developer preview. Among the changes in Android N are improved notifications. Using “direct reply notifications,” for example, means developers can now allow their users to reply to incoming notifications right from the notifications shade. Developers can now also bundle notifications from the same app together. Android N will also offer a split-screen view. Apps that support this will be able to run side-by-side with other apps on both tablets and phones (and developers can set the minimum allowable dimensions for their apps). Multi-windows support is something users have long asked for — especially on tablets. Google’s own Pixel-C, for example, would make a far better productivity device with this feature.

13.10.15. Android Marshmallow features supercharged Google Now. The latest version of Android (Marshmallow) marks the debut of Now on Tap, which gives Android users additional information about whatever they're doing — texting, listening to music, reading news - in a single tap. The feature will first be available on Nexus handsets, since Nexus devices are the first to get the Marshmallow update. Think of Now on Tap as an opt-in, supercharged version of Google Now, which proactively provides search results based on your previous behavior. In previous versions of Android, Google Now may have sent alerts for traffic conditions for your commute home or offered up a playlist from one of your music apps as you leave the office.

26.02.15. Google launched Android For Work. Google launched Android for Work - a set of technologies that makes it easier for companies to adopt Android and allows their users to bring their own devices to work. The general idea behind Android for Work is to allow employees to use both their personal apps and business apps on the same device while keeping both the business data secure and their personal data outside of the hands of their employees. Android for Work enables features like IT policies and sharing restrictions that segregate the business data from everything else on the device. It support for work profiles that isolate personal and work data and give IT the ability to manage this, provides a Google Play for Work store, and a set of new productivity tools for enterprise users.

19.03.14. Google unveiled Android for smartwatches. The new platform is called Android Wear and at the moment it's available for developers, that can start to create apps for smartwatches. Android Wear's interface is optimized for the small watch screen and assumes that user will control the watch via touch screen and voice commands (via Google Now). Obviously, soon the large number of Android-smartwatches manufactured by LG, Samsung, HTC will appear on the market (like it happened with smartphones and tablets). How these watches can be useful for manager or businessman? First, as a fashion accessory. Secondly, as a personal organizer - and smartphone satellite. For example, the watch can show messages, alerts and even phone calls. You can also ask your smartwatch different questions like "How much is 200 euros in dollars?" or other tricky questions. And finally, probably, these watches will be more convenient to watch the time.

25.02.14. Nokia unveils first Android-phone to lead users to Microsoft's cloud. As you know, last September Microsoft agreed to acquire Nokia. Of course, such a large acquisition is a long process and it's not officially complete yet. Formally, Nokia is still - an independent company and can produce phones on any platform it wants. Even on the Windows Phone's rival - Android. However, the new Android-phone Nokia X presented today has been blessed by Microsoft. Here is why. This is not the Android, which we use to see on Samsung, HTC or LG phones. This is a modification , built on the source code of Android Open Source Project. This modification doesn't contain Google applications (GMail, Talk, Calendar, Drive ...) but instead provides Microsoft's Outlook, OneDrive and Skype. There is no way to install apps from Google Play - only from Nokia Store or third-party Android- appstores (like GetJar or Yandex.Store ...). Nevertheless, almost all Android- app (including GMail) can be installed on this smartphone.

2013. Google wants to unify Android on all devices in one year. Imagine the life of mobile developer. It's a life full of uncertainty. Not only he have to develop the same app for multiple mobile platforms, but also each platform has several versions (for example, Android has seven, and all are in use). Add to this pre-installed manufacturer modifications and don't be surprised if some app doesn't work on your device. Be sure, it works properly in the developer office. Who is to blame in this situation? Perhaps it was a natural process: year after year hardware capabilities were growing are operating system was upgraded to utilize them. Theoretically, the backward compatibility of the new OS versions could be kept, but no one was really interested in it. After all, each new OS version is one of the reasons to buy a new phone.

2013. Now it will be more difficult to loose and steal your Android. Google has launched a new service Android Device Manager for the owners of Android-smartphones and tablets, which will be very useful for business users (becuase business users have a lot of secret information on mobile devices). This service already allows you to do three things: to show on the map the current location of your device, remotely wipe data (if the device is stolen) and rign the device for 5 minutes (if you have lost it somewhere nearby). In the near future, the developers promis to add the ability to remotely lock the screen and change the unlock code. In general, you can feel safer now. Of course, before now you could install the third-party Android apps for this purpose, but they are constantly running in the background and consume battery and CPU time. While the Android Device Manager is the core process. Note that iPhone and Windows Phone already have the same security technology already in place.

2013. Android works on notebooks. On top of Windows. Well, actually, Google has its own plan "How to destroy Windows". It supposes that the Chrome browser will become the main application that you use on computer (because everything you need is available from the Web). And then there will be only Chrome. Windows will become an unnecessary layer. Startup BlueStacks invented the same plan, but instead of Chrome they decided to port Android on the top of Windows. And taking into account that mobile applications have recently become more popular than Web applications, this plan could work even better. How does it work?

2012. Google Play allows to create enterprise app stores. 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.

2012. iPad Mini vs Nexus 7. Why compare them?. Today Apple has introduced the 7-inch tablet iPad Mini and this presentation was very special. No, not because of the magic new device, but becuase Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, brought to the stage the main 7-inch main competitor - Google Nexus 7, and compared it with iPad Mini side by side. Of course, it turned out that on the iPad Mini kids look 45% happier and 34% more rich than on Google's tablet. But never before Apple payed attention on the competition (of course, untill they violated its patents). And, if you look at the comparison table iPad Mini vs Nexus 7 (below), you'll find that there is no sense to compare them at this time:

2012. Apple will kill Android or just advertise it?. Back in 2010, when HTC released the Android-smartphone with iPhone-like features, Steve Jobs sued and said: “I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”. And the patent war began ...

2012. Google Chrome and Google Drive come to iPhone/iPad. 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.

2012. Google unveiled the own tablet - Nexus 7. Google (as well as Microsoft) decided to go Apple's way and built the own tablet Nexus 7. Google haven't invented something super-original, but actually copied the most successful Android-tablet - Amazon's Kindle Fire. It's also cheap - ($199), small (7 inches) and its main function - is content consumption from Google Play. However, unlike the Kindle Fire, it's a full-featured tablet with full-featured operating system Android (the new version Android 4.1), webcam, GPS, 4-core processor, 8-10 hours battery, excellent screen (1280x800) and Chrome web browser. It's a very reliable and very fast device - a real workhorse for the little money. The manufacturer of the tablet is Asus.

2012. Samsung takes on iPhone on the Enterprise market. We always have been talking about the competition between (Apple) iOS and (Google) Android for the leadership on the mobile sphere. But now, it's more correct to talk about the competition between Apple and Samsung, because only thanks to Samsung Android is so popular. This year Samsung surpassed Apple and Nokia, and became the best selling mobile brand, but the Enterprise market still belongs to Apple (and partially to Blackberry and Microsoft). Moreover, Apple never really tried to please business users (Steve Jobs didn't like the business market at all). But the business users liked convenience and coolness of iPhone and iPad, and IT admins liked the security of Apple's ecosystem (in which applications can be installed only from the App Store). And from the Android side there were neither cool models no security promiss (since it's an open ecosystem). Until the Samsung Galaxy S2.

2012. Samsung is the new Mobile King. Nokia and Apple - are behind. The Mobile market is very hot. Just to say that Apple has become the most valuable company in the world thanks to mobile devices. But at the same time the biggest IT giants are fighting for this market day and night and it's no time to relax. 5 years ago there were two Kings: Nokia was the largest producer of mobile handsets and Blackberry - ruled the smartphone market. But both companies started to rest on the laurels instead of continuing innovations. Then came Apple, which quickly dropped Blackberry from the throne and began to entice cell phone users from Nokia. Apple's rising was really fantastic, but this company has also come to the point when innovations gave way to the patent trolling to protect the positions from competitors. And now it's the time for hard-working Koreans - Samsung - the company that defending from Apple attacks, continued to innovate and now has become the largest mobile vendor in the world.

2012. Top 10 phones/tablets for the Enterprise. Good Technology, the provider of enterprise secure mobility solutions, has published its statistics on the number of activations of mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) in the companies using Good solutions. Top 10 most popular mobile devices in Q1 2012 you can see in the picture. It should be noted that most Good Technology clients - a large U.S. companies from the Fortune list (and, hence, for small business in Moscow this rating - is not very relevant). In addition, Blackberry and Windows Phone  devices are not included in the rating, because Good Technology didn't support them. And may be you want to know in what order these devices are listed in the rating? Here is it:

2011. Motorola pushes Android to the Enterprise. Though Android is the most popular mobile platform (nearly 2 times more popular than iOS) in the Enterprise it's still behind. According to some reports iOS devices occupy two thirds of the enterprise market. And one of the main reasons for this is high iPad popularity among businessmen, employees and developers. But Android community is not going to give up. Today, Motorola (which was recently acquired by Google) introduced three new interesting products that can significantly increase the Android adoption in the corporate sphere. First of all, it's a new enterprise tablet Motorola ET1. Despite the relatively high price (under $1000), this tablet will be very attractive for trade companies. Why? - watch the video.