Ever since Chrome OS was announced, the excitement for the operating system seemed to be matched by the curiosity of its purpose. Shortly after the initial announcement, when the CR-48 devices were being shipped, I remember being asked repeatedly “If I have an Android phone and a tablet, do I really need a cloud computer?” To be honest, I didn’t have a good answer for them.

Chrome OS fills a use case that most Android tablets don’t fully reach, and the same goes for the opposite direction. So, the issue fizzled out a bit until Google I/O, when the release...




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