Google’s Rumored 2-in-1 Chromebooks Running on Android and Chrome OS

A couple of years ago Google launched the Chromebook Pixel which was basically a Chromebook with a beautiful design, impressive hardware specs, and a touchscreen display, although this was more of a laptop with a touchscreen display as opposed to the 2-in-1 hybrids we’ve seen running on Windows 8/8.1.


Google is planning to push 2-in-1 devices in 2015, according Digitimes Research’s inquiries within the upstream supply chain. Google’s 2-in-1 Chromebook designed by Quanta Computer is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter.

The device features a detachable form factor and runs Android in the tablet form and Chrome when attached to a keyboard. The product’s availability shows that Google has achieved a dramatic advance in its progress integrating Android and Chrome OS.

The 2-in-1 Chromebook is believed to be launched under the Google brand. Google announced plans to develop products and applications to seamlessly integrate Android with Chromebook at Google I/O in June 2014. In addition to Google, some brand vendors also plan to launch 2-in-1 Chromebook products in 2015, Digitimes Research’s findings showed.

In 2014, worldwide Chromebook shipments reached 6.5 million units, but over 85% of the volume was sold in the US, and over 80% of the sales were K12 and below education procurement orders, which was not healthy for Chromebook to expand its market presence.

However, with the integration of the Android ecosystem, Chromebooks are expected to gain a better chance of expanding in the consumer market and countries outside the US.

To defend from 2-in-1 Chromebooks’ penetration, Microsoft is planning to offer new low-price projects for Windows 10 for the second half, and will provide low licensing fees for 10.1-inch and below 2-in-1 devices and models with display sizes between 10.1- and 12.5-inch.

At the same time, Microsoft will also launch an own-brand 10.6-inch Surface detachable 2-in-1 to promote Windows-based 2-in-1 devices.

Well, this year that all might change. A new rumor doing the rounds this morning suggests that Google are only months away from launching their new 2-in-1 style Chromebooks. If you are yet to hear about these, then this is where the market really could see a change. In short and in the tradition of 2-in-1’s which bridge the gap between laptops and tablets, Google’s 2-in1’s will bridge the gap between Chromebooks and tablets. Likewise, bridge the gap between Chrome OS and Android. These new offerings will be capable of being used in the traditional Chromebook fashion and as such running on Chrome OS. However, that is when a keyboard is attached. Once the keyboard is dismounted, the 2-in-1 essentially becomes a tablet, in both the traditional sense and also in the software sense. The 2-in-1 will be able to then run natively on Android, just like your smartphone or traditional tablet. The best of both worlds in your hands.

Google I/O could be the perfect platform to launch a Chromebook 2-in-1 at the end of May, which would make sense. What we find interesting is how it will be a Google Chromebook laptop when the display is attached to the main body, but when detached it will become an Android tablet. It is only when you attach it back again that it will revert back to running Chrome OS.


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