An open source equivalent, Chromium OS, can be compiled from downloaded source code.
In October 2015, The Wall Street Journal reported that Chrome OS would be folded into Android so that a single OS would result by 2017.The resulting OS will be Android, but it will be expanded to run on laptops.In April 2012, Google made the first update to Chrome OS's user interface since the operating system had launched, introducing a hardware-accelerated window manager called "Aura" along with a conventional taskbar.The additions marked a departure from the operating system's original concept of a single browser with tabs and gave Chrome OS the look and feel of a more conventional desktop operating system.Chrome OS has an integrated media player and file manager.
It supports Chrome Apps, which resemble native applications, as well as remote access to the desktop.
describing it as an operating system in which both applications and user data reside in the cloud.
To ascertain marketing requirements, the company relied on informal metrics, including monitoring the usage patterns of some 200 Chrome OS machines used by Google employees. Matthew Papakipos, former At a November 19, 2009 news conference, Sundar Pichai, at the time Google's vice president overseeing Chrome, demonstrated an early version of the operating system.
Google gradually began encouraging developers to create "packaged applications", and later, Chrome Apps.
The latter employs HTML5, CSS, Adobe Shockwave, and Java Script to provide a user experience closer to a native application.
The first was the CR-48, a reference hardware design that Google gave to testers and reviewers beginning in December 2010. A year later, in May 2012, a desktop design marketed as a "Chromebox" was released by Samsung.