21 February 2023
Google released Android 11 for Chrome OS in 2011. Chromebooks are running it as the latest available Android version since then even though Android 13 is the latest version available for smartphones and tablets. A new report suggests Chrome OS users are closer to getting the taste of a new Android version.
As per 9to5Google, Google currently has multiple versions of Android for Chrome OS under testing. These are Android 12, Android 13, and even the upcoming Android 14 but it is Android 13 that is most likely to get a launch date. There is a new Chrome flag "ARC-T" is set to come which will affect only Android 13 devices. The flag's name ARC-T is short for Android Runtime for Chrome – Tiramisu where Tiramisu is the dessert codename for Android.
The biggest visual change that will come to Chrome OS with Android 13 is Material You. This is the same design language that debuted on Pixel smartphones in 2021. It is a new visual design language that emphasizes personalization. It is able to pick color schemes from the wallpaper chosen by the user which is known as Dynamic Color schemes.
As we saw with Android 11, the new Android 13 will also run through a virtual machine on Chrome OS. This is the reason not all Chromebooks are able to run the Android version. The models powered by the ARM chipset are excluded from the release. This seems to be the reason Google is testing Android 13 only on Intel-powered Chromebooks. Unfortunately, there is no release timeline reported for the new Android version yet.
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