What are the similarities and differences between Chrome OS and Android OS?

Drsunil V January 20, 2014

What are the similarities and differences between Chrome OS and Android OS?

  1. Joy M
    January 30, 2014 at 7:59 am

    They are worlds apart from each other. As the first answer says Chrome OS is a lot more primitive that Android.

  2. Oron J
    January 20, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I agree with Dalsan. The only real similarity (other than the fact that they're written by Google) is that they use a Linux Kernel. However, even that similarity is not particularly meaningful as they use different software. Android is essentially an offline system which is very network-aware, while Chrome OS is a system for online use with a limited ability to run a few things off line.

    • Drsunil V
      January 23, 2014 at 7:46 am

      Thanks. Please tell how can Chrome book be advantageous than a Windows laptop with net connection?

    • Oron J
      January 23, 2014 at 9:26 am

      The main advantages over a Windows laptops are that a Chromebook does not need its software maintained or updated, or new software installed, and that it should be much more secure than a Windows laptop. Additionally, hardware requirements are modest and will remain so, so the Chromebook shouldn't become obsolete any time soon.

  3. Dalsan M
    January 20, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Chrome OS does not have much capabilities without internet connection, meaning that you cannot really install programs for offline use. It is more like Chrome browser with the ability to download Chrome apps that run inside Chrome browser. Any stored music and photos can be viewed, and there is a file browser.

    The only similarity between Chrome OS and Android is the fact that they run on a Linux kernel. Otherwise, Android is a full OS that allows installation of software and apps.

    • Drsunil V
      January 23, 2014 at 7:45 am

      Thanks. Please tell , Can basic document apps like word , excel work in Chrome OS?

    • Dalsan M
      January 23, 2014 at 10:14 am

      You can use Microsoft Office 365 Online (requires paid subscription) or the Office web apps to edit and create Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, along with PowerPoint slides and OneNote notebooks. Otherwise, you can use Google Docs to create, edit, and share documents.

  4. Galen J
    January 20, 2014 at 6:13 am

    Google said at the start that "Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the Web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems." Google hasn't always been on message with this.

  5. Matt S
    January 20, 2014 at 5:35 am

    There aren't really any similarities between Chrome OS and Android OS. They have different code, run different apps, which they get from different storefronts. The only thing that's somewhat connected is the fact they both can use the Chrome browser.

    • Drsunil V
      January 23, 2014 at 7:46 am


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