Chromebook with support for Android applications - the end of Android tablets?

After several years of hinting that Android and Chrome OS will get closer, only recently Google

announced that Chromebooks will getthe ability to run any Android applications. Thus, the Google Play Store will be available for all Chromebooks with touchscreens starting in June.

This means that if you have a laptop on the Chrome OS operating system, you will get access to millions of Android applications.

The main question is: if Android applications will work on the Chrome OS operating system, then what's the point in Android tablets?

Android originally planned asoperating system for smartphones, but today it is used for tablets, set-top boxes and smart watches. At the same time, Android tablets have always received less attention.

The first Android tablets were released whenbacked by Google, and then they used a version of the Android operating system for smartphones. Only with the release of Android 3.0 Honeycomb appeared support for the operating system for tablets.

Nowadays, Android is designed to work largely on the same smartphones and tablets, but Android application developers primarily focus on smartphones.

Every year smartphones are becoming more and more. 6-inch screens for smartphones are no longer uncommon, so many people have decided that 7-inch tablets are no longer relevant, while 10-inch tablets or even more often work on Windows.

The situation is quite different in the field of laptops,where the Chromebook is one of the fastest growing devices. Chrome OS laptops are usually relatively inexpensive, yet they offer enough performance for browsing web pages and web applications. More powerful Chromebooks offer 4GB of RAM, Full HD touchscreens, faster processors, and even keyboards with a backlight. Add to this list support for Android applications, and the question is - why buy an Android tablet?

Of course, the answer depends on how youuse Android tablet. You can buy a convertible Acer Chromebook R11 or Asus Chromebook Flip, and use it as a laptop and tablet, but it is still thicker and heavier than a regular Android tablet. Also, the usual Android tablet is more convenient to hold in your hand while reading e-books, browsing websites, or carrying in your bag.

But now that Google has added supportAndroid applications for the operating system Chrome OS, many manufacturers may think about how to make laptops more thin and compact. It is possible that in the near future we will see 2-in-1 devices on Chrome OS with a removable keyboard, which would be an ideal option for users who prefer the compact version without a keyboard, or a full-fledged laptop for people who need a keyboard.

I look forward to when Chrome OS getssupport for Android applications, and how this step appears on the market of laptops and tablets in general. It is possible that soon we will see more powerful, functional laptops on Chrome OS, which will not yield to MacBooks in terms of performance.