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Google’s ‘Pixel Slate’ Will Come Out With Double Operating Systems

The first Chrome OS laptop, known as a "Chromebook", arrived in May 2011.

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Google’s first Chrome operating system (OS) based tablet “Pixel Slate” may support dual-booting Windows 10 — allowing two operating systems to run on one device, the media reported.

“Chrome OS” is an operating system designed by Google that is based on the “Linux” kernel and uses the Google Chrome web browser as its principal user interface to primarily support web applications.

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Google on a smartphone device. Pixabay

“The company could allow the ‘Pixelbook’ to be Windows 10 certified meaning that Google Pixelbook could soon run Microsoft’s Windows 10,” Windows Latest reported on Sunday.

Google’s ‘AltOS’, also known as ‘Project Campfire’, might be an internal name for the project that is supposed to create a dual-boot environment on Chrome OS.

The “Pixel Slate”, also being called “Nocturne”, might pass “Windows Hardware Certification Kit (WHCK)” and “Windows Hardware Lab Kit (HLK”) certification and enable the device to feature two operating systems.

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Google’s Chromebook. Flickr

“Google has quietly renamed ‘AltOS’ to ‘dual boot’, confirming that the project is indeed related to dual-booting of two OSs,” the report added.

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According to a report by 9To5Google, “‘Pixel Slate’ would have an edge over the ‘Surface’, considering that Chrome OS has just added Linux app support to its already-blooming Android app experience.”

The first Chrome OS laptop, known as a “Chromebook”, arrived in May 2011. (IANS)

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Google Removes 27 Apps that Guided Users to Fake Play Store

These apps were published by the same developer with the name “AFAD Drift Racer” and all the apps belonged to free car racing games category, Quick Heal said

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FILE - A woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Nov. 5, 2018. VOA

Google has removed 27 apps that prompted users to install a fake Play Store after researchers from Pune-based Quick Heal Technologies spotted these malicious apps of dropper category and reported the issue.

These apps were designed to infect devices with adware after someone fell prey to their continuous installation prompts for fake “Google Play Store”, Quick Heal Security Lab said.

The apps stated that users need to install Google Play Store for gaming purposes. If someone cancelled the installation prompt, then it showed the pop-up continuously until installation of the app.

On executing the parent app, it launched a dropped app.

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Previously, if users were not signed into their Google accounts, pre-installed apps on their devices, including the Play Store, were cut off from updates. Pixabay

The fake “Google Play Store” remained in the device even after its parent app was uninstalled and kept on displaying full screen ads at random time intervals.

The app kept running in the background and showed full screen ads till one did not uninstall it manually.

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These apps were published by the same developer with the name “AFAD Drift Racer” and all the apps belonged to free car racing games category, Quick Heal said.

To avoid installing fake mobile apps, users should check an app’s description before downloading and avoid downloading apps from third-party app stores. Using a reliable mobile antivirus may also help prevent fake and malicious apps from getting installed on one’s phone. (IANS)