Google allows you to turn your PC or laptop into a Chromebook: Chrome OS Flex arrives

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Until now, if you wanted to enjoy the benefits of Chrome OS, you had to buy a Chromebook. Things change with the announcement of Chrome OS Flexwhich allows you to install this operating system on your PC or laptop.

Google orients this operating system especially to computers oriented to education or companies, and thus opens the doors for any computer—even Macs— can take advantage of Chrome OS. The proposal is also especially interesting to get the game out of somewhat older computers and that, for example, cannot access Windows 11.

From CloudReady to Chrome OS Flex

Google bought Neverware in 2020, and that was relevant because this company was the responsible for the development of CloudReadywhich basically “informally” allowed what Google now officially enables.

One could install Chromium OS on old laptops and thus take advantage of them with this light operating systemand Google is now taking advantage of that development to make Chrome OS Flex its new alternative.

Chrome OS Flex will have virtually the same features and use the same code as Chrome OS plus enjoy the same update cyclealthough in Google they warn that certain characteristics will depend on the hardware of the PC in which we use it.

Thus, users who install Chrome OS Flex on their computers will be able to enjoy the integrated google assistant or synchronization with Android mobiles.

This is like Chrome OS, but with some limitations

There is however some differences with Chrome OS. For example, our PCs and laptops do not have Google’s security chip that allows you to enable verified boot with that hardware. The automatic encryption that is activated on computers with TPM it depends on whether that feature is available on our computers. By the way: there is no support for machines with ARM chips.

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We will also not have support for android apps nor for Google Play. It’s not possible to run Windows virtual machines with Parallels Desktop—something strange—and Linux support also varies by machine. On Google they offer a listing with certified models.

There are some more differences and in fact in Google they assure that by not specifically controlling and certifying the hardware “we cannot guarantee the same performance as Chrome OS devices” in areas such as boot speed, battery life or energy savings.

If you want to try Chrome OS Flex, you can do it from the official website of the project. It is important to know that the project is still in preliminary phase and therefore there could be some bugs or incompatibilities.

More information | ChromeEnterprise

Until now, if you wanted to enjoy the benefits of Chrome OS, you had to buy a Chromebook. Things change…

Until now, if you wanted to enjoy the benefits of Chrome OS, you had to buy a Chromebook. Things change…

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