ChromeOS appears set to receive a significant upgrade according to a trusted source. A new ability known as ‘Android Parallel Tasks’ could be on its way, and here’s why it’s important.
Android Parallel Tasks could unfreeze Android applications and allow them to run in the background. Currently, when Chromebooks run multiple Android applications and the user switches apps, the Android application closed is paused. Other desktop operating systems allow concurrent multitasking, whereas the current ChromeOS experience harks back to the early 1990s when the Windows operating system paused background DOS-based applications.
The introduction of Android Parallel Tasks for Chromebooks would mean that users will be able to run multiple Android applications without hesitation or issue. Google seems to be experimenting with the feature, according to Chrome Unboxed, and at the moment, it’s not yet clear when or if the new Android Parallel Tasks will ever make it into the stable release. The ability could arrive as soon as the release of stable Chrome 64, with an estimated ready date of mid-March 2018. If it arrives, it will smooth the process of running Chrome and Android applications side by side.
The rationale behind pausing background Android applications is something smartphone users are used to, as the majority offer limited functionality when they are no longer the focus application. Some applications can still run in the background, but many are paused. However, a laptop or desktop environment is different as computers typically offer much greater resources. Now that more customers are taking advantage of the Play Store on ChromeOS, we can expect Google to refine the experience. Incorporating the ability for the platform to run multiple Android apps in the background should make the Chromebook experience a more wholesome one. Let’s hope it happens.
SOURCE [Chrome Unboxed]