Chrome OS Tablets Aren’t There Yet

This was an interesting video from the verge looking at the latest Chrome OS tablet, in fact it’s the first Chrome OS tablet rather than laptop or convertible laptop. The TL;DR is There are some bugs, and it’s not really great for a tablet. Basically, they asked the “is it a good tablet?” Question and came out with “no, not yet”.

This device was of great interest to me when I was a teacher as it could have potentially overcome the few issues I had with the iPad. In the end it looks like it solves some, but adds new ones (typical).

There are a few things that I still want to know that I didn’t see in the video, the biggest of which is…

How does multitasking work when you have loads of tabs? (android treats browser tabs as apps)

One of the final comments is that this cross over between tablet and laptop is tricky because a “laptop” necessitates fiddling with settings using a mouse and (physical) keyboard. I’m not certain that second point is true but lets assume it is. That would require the iPad to have a mouse and physical keyboard (half way there).

Now, I suspect the reason the iPad is such a superior tablet is because it forced developers to not rely on a mouse or hardware keyboard (which Chrome OS doesn’t do and is perhaps why it is lagging behind there) so how can Apple balance these two elements? Not encouraging lazy development of requiring a traditional interface devices but also encouraging advanced and powerful tools?

iMessage on Android ->

iMessage on Android

Apple should provide a stripped down version of iMessage on Android, akin to the version on Mac, and let the extra features sell themselves. I believe the ability to join in with a group chat but not all of the Animoji fun and FaceTime calls would actually push more users to adopt an iPhone next time they are upgrading.

  • Greg Morris

Normally when you hear people describe iMessenge on Android, it is an all or nothing affair. But Greg makes an interesting half way case. A stripped down version. Kind of like a freemium app.

The only issue I can see is that classic freemium question. “How much do we have to include in the lite version, and how little can we get away with including in the free version.” Make a free version that’s too good and why would anyone switch, make one not good enough and why would anyone use it.

Greg makes the case that security and encryption is enough, but there’s signal and that’s not enough for most people. Perhaps iMessage also has a critical mass in the US, but not in Poland or the UK.

I use it with my wife and my dad who have iOS devices. My sister-in-law has one but we use WhatsApp, my best friend has an iOS device but we’re still using WhatsApp as well.

I would love to get off WhatsApp but it’s got the user base and inertia from time of use.

Having said all that I think Greg’s hypothesis is probably correct. Giving android users “a cup of water in hell” of iMessage would lead to more users coming over. Imagine everyone else sending memoji and stickers and you can just type LoL.