Chromium OS on Android devices? Yes, please.
For those who aren’t aware of him, Hexxeh is a hacker who has previously ported Chromium OS onto other desktop devices and has some builds posted on his webpage.
So why the interest in Chromium OS on Android devices? Chromium OS on an Android device would bring its full desktop web browsing to Android devices, potentially freeing it of the current limitations of mobile browsing. Think of full desktop versions and operation of web pages, a full Adobe Flash experience, and potential use of a mouse and keyboard just to name a few things.
However, the installation of current versions of Chromium OS doesn’t come without some negatives. Namely, the loss of Google Play Android apps and unknown touchscreen support to name a couple – but in exchange you get Chrome apps, and the ability to continue accessing music, movies, books etc through the web.
With a few of us at AA already in possession of the awesome Chromebook, and given there’s no word on how if ever Google may consider merging Chromium OS with Android, we’re keen to see the result of this venture. Either way, we’ll be sure to keep you informed of any developments in the area.
Editor’s Note: This is a great potential future prospect for Android and (hopefully) the Nexus 7. There’s also the Ubuntu for Android installer through Canonical’s one-click install, but that’s a bit of a different end result. Either way, exciting times as always for the Android development community!