An online code repository has hinted at which Chromebook models will receive operating system upgrades to Android 11 – and don’t worry, Chromebook owners, there are a few on the list. All Chromebooks are primarily powered by Chrome OS and regularly updated by Google. However, they are also running Android in the background. This is important to ensure that apps besides Chrome’s browser tabs continue to work.
Most Chromebooks are currently running Android 9. Chromebooks, for which updates for Android 11 and Chrome version 90 are expected, benefit from new functions such as dark mode and uniform app scaling.
The code names for the Chromebook devices receiving these updates were listed by the Chromium Gerrit online repository and have since been reported by Android Police to provide a comprehensive list of the LaptopsTo create tablets and desktops that are expected to benefit from the operating system upgrade. Here is a selection of some models from different manufacturers:
- Google Pixelbook Go
- Lenovo IdeaPad Duet
- Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga
- HP Chromebook 14
- Asus Chromebook Flip
- Acer Chromebook 314
- Acer Chromebook Spin 311
- Acer Chromebook 15
- Acer Chromebook 714
Check the full list Here.
As mentioned earlier, with the upgrade to Android 11, many Chromebook users have access to dark mode and unified app scaling – two features that have been in high demand over the past few years.
Dark modes have become popular color settings for people who experience eye strain when looking at a screen for long periods of time. When testing the new mode in the Chrome OS beta, Android Police reported that Android apps on Chromebooks now have a clean, almost black background color that blends in well with the rest of the Chrome OS user interface.
The Android settings menu seems to look its best, with a dark title bar and a light teal accent color. A dark theme is also used for notifications, although this was not always consistent when tested.