Chromebooks have turned out to be much more popular than most people expected when they were first released. But what could make Chromebooks even better? Well, how about running Android apps on them? Google has announced the first four Android apps for Chrome OS.
According to Google Chrome Blog:
Chromebooks were designed to keep up with you on the go—they’re thin and light, have long battery lives, resume instantly, and are easy to use. Today, we're making Chromebooks even more mobile by bringing the first set of Android apps to Chrome OS:
Duolingo - a fun and free way to learn a new language before your next trip
Evernote - write, collect and find what matters to you, with a full-size keyboard and touchscreen
Sight Words - a delightful way for you to help improve your child's reading skills
Vine - create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun wayMore at Google Chrome Blog
It looks like Google's effort to bring Android apps to Chromebooks is off to a good start. While four apps is not exactly a deluge, I think it works well as a proof of concept and will hopefully get the ball rolling quickly as more Android apps become available on Chromebooks.
Google is also going out of its way to solicit suggestions from the Android and Chromebook communities. Do take a moment and send Google your suggestions for the Android apps you most want to see come to the Chromebook.
Should LibreOffice pay for Android development?
The Document Foundation wants to bring LibreOffice to Android, and might need to pay developers to do it.
According to InfoWorld:
The Document Foundation's tender for the development of an Android implementation of LibreOffice begs serious questions, namely: Can an influx of cash into open source code creation succeed, and how do pay-for-code plays from nonprofit foundations affect the ethics and work ethic of today's open source community?
For those who haven't heard, the German nonprofit behind the successful open source LibreOffice productivity suite issued a tender document last week at the LibreOffice Conference seeking a bid for the one-off task of extending the LibreOffice document viewer prototype into a basic document editor on Android. It covers all the core program modules: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, and Math.More at InfoWorld
Personally, I don't see this as all that big of a deal. If there aren't enough volunteers available to do it, then by all means spend some of the cash that the Document Foundation has on hand to hire people to do the Android development. What other alternative is there if the Document Foundation wants the work to be done?
I think most Android users will really appreciate this effort, and I doubt it will cause too much furor in the open source community. Plus, the article notes that the Document Foundation has to do something with the cash. So using some of it to bring LibreOffice to Android seems like a good idea to me.