20 March 2020
About a couple of weeks ago, Google released Android 11 developer preview for Pixel devices and other eligible Android devices. The beta testing is currently in full swing but it is not the only development that the Android team is working on. As spotted by 9to5Google folks, Google is building Android 11 for Chrome OS devices.
The folks some changes to the Chrome OS code even before the Android 11 release. The name of the newly seen project is "eve-arc-r" which gives a better picture of things when it is broken down. The "eve" is a Google Pixelbook codename followed by "arc" that stands for Android Runtime for Chrome. Lastly, "r" stands for Android R which is an internal name for Android 11 just like Google referred Android 10 as Android Q internally.
This has led to speculations that Android 11 development for Chrome OS is currently underway. Moreover, there are references to two more devices in a similar manner. These are "Kukui" and "Hatch" which are MediaTek MT8183-powered Chrome OS base board and 10th Gen Intel Core-based Chromebooks respectively.
There is no doubt that these are positive signs for Chromebook users but one should not get too excited yet. Google can still take a lot of time before it even brings Android 11 anywhere closer to Chrome OS public release. Either way, we will keep you posted on all the developments.