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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 to retire Hangouts by 2020. (VOA)

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 Will Start Giving EU Smartphone Users a Choice of Browsers and Search Apps on Android

Android users who open the Google Play store after the update will be given the option to install up to five search apps and five browsers, Gennai 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 said Thursday it will start giving European Union smartphone users a choice of browsers and search apps on its Android operating system, in changes designed to comply with an EU antitrust ruling.

Following an Android update, users will be shown two new screens giving them the new options, Google product management director Paul Gennai said in a blog post.

The EU’s executive Commission slapped the Silicon Valley giant with a record 4.34 billion euro (then $5 billion) antitrust fine in July after finding that it abused the dominance of Android by forcing handset and tablet makers to install Google apps, reducing consumer choice.

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Android users who open the Google Play store after the update will be given the option to install up to five search apps and five browsers, Gennai said. Pixabay

The commission had ordered Google to come up with a remedy or face further fines. The company, which is appealing the ruling, said the changes are being rolled out over the next few weeks to both new and existing Android phones in Europe.

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Android users who open the Google Play store after the update will be given the option to install up to five search apps and five browsers, Gennai said. Apps will be included based on their popularity and shown in random order. Users who choose a search app will also be asked if they want to change the default search engine in the phone’s Chrome browser.

Android is the most widely used mobile operating system, beating even Apple’s iOS. (VOA)