With Sundar Pichai heading up both Android and Chrome, it was only a matter of time before integration between the two platforms was expanded and today at Google I/O we've started to see just that. With new APIs available in Android L, your phone and your Chromebook can communicate together seamlessly. When your phone is with you and you open your Chromebook, you'll now automatically be logged in and your favorite apps will be opened on the laptop — and that's just the beginning.
Notifications from your Android phone will be mirrored across to the Chromebook's notification center, including Google Now, incoming calls, phone battery state and text messages. Unfortunately details aren't clear on what exactly you can do with these notifications or if they sync across to the device, but you can see where this is headed.
In an even bigger shocker, Google is bringing the ability to run Android apps on Chrome OS. With as few changes as possible to make apps compatible with a mouse and keyboard, Android developers can now bring their apps to run in a window in Chrome OS without any issues. "Everything just works," so they say, including API calls for the camera — they showed Vine working perfectly — and touchscreen. Apps will work natively and intuitively between your phone and your Chrome OS device.
Again details on this aren't yet known, such as how Android developers will make their apps available for Chrome OS, but we can assume it'd be an expansion of either Google Play or the Chrome Web Store.
For some quick Chromebook statistics as a whole, Pichai noted that the top 10 rated laptops on Amazon are now Chromebooks, coming from eight OEMs in dozens of countries around the world. Google has also seen a six-fold increase in Chromebook usage in education.