Chromebooks are the push we need for the modern web




Let’s face it: despite the ever growing demand for mobile computing and the massive growth of mobile applications, we are still forced to separate our digital lives. Applications on your phone often lack feature-rich or any counterpart at all on your desktop, and laptop computers. The same goes in reverse. The reason that this is the case, is the same reason given in the past, except this time around there’s no reason modern developers can’t fix it. In the past, programs like Microsoft Office were exclusive to high-processing platforms, even the idea of a mobile version was tossed out instantly. The reason? It wasn’t feasible, mobile processing was nothing that it is today, and the libraries and performance needed to make it a reality were not in place.

Today however, this reality has changed. ‘Desktop’ programs such as Microsoft Office have expanded into the mobile market. Tools such as PDF readers, image editors, text editing software, and calendars are synonymous across numerous platforms, offering similarly featured solutions for mobile, desktop, and web oriented devices. The key point made here, is web. Web applications utilizing public libraries and cutting-edge HTML 5 solutions are able to offer extensively more featured applications than previous HTML iterations and other offerings. This is where Google’s Chromebook drives how the modern web we know today will change.

Google, by offering an “internet-only” device, has capitalized on the mobile market with budget-friendly alternatives to the commonly desired Ultrabook design intel has partnered with Windows manufacturers, or the slim profiled Macbooks brought to us by Apple. Comparatively, Chromebooks appear to be an utter failure, the spec sheets and feature listings from other devices completely destroy any device issued under the Chromebook identity. Simply seeing “Chrome OS” in the Operating System section of a computer causes many consumers and professionals alike to laugh.

Laugh away. The humor surrounding the idea of an “internet-only” device is instantly discredited when the Chromebook is put to the test, and viewed for potential instead of present offerings. Web applications will be the unifying force compelling synergy throughout the internet. By pushing the development of web-based applications, Google in indirectly pushing the future of mobile computing into a new era. Web-based applications utilizing plugin minimal / free design and embracing the power behind HTML5 are almost universally acessible to modern browsers and mobile devices alike. These applications are easily able to be synced by account, across all devices that use the application. Examples of this include the brilliant language-learning program Duolingo, who’s platform is accessible by web, chrome application, and by mobile application.

Duolingo as seen on a Chrome OS device.
But Chromebooks can’t be used for…

No they can’t. Chromebooks can’t be used for many things, Yet. When I booted up my first Chrome OS device in the beginning of 2014, I was unable to effectively design and edit images, manage files and documents, or edit certain file types from third parties. Since then, development has lead to the ability for Android applications to be ported into the Chrome OS architecture, third-party developers have introduced web applications for their products in the wake of massive Chromebook sales, and consistent updates from Google ensure cutting edge features and productivity improvement. The future of the web lies in web applications, and the push for the growth of this development is triumphantly lead by Chrome OS, and their budget-friendly, robust device line.

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