Google is showing off a series of upcoming features for Chrome OS which will bridge the divide between Android and Chrome OS in several ways.
The first is that eventually you’ll be able to run some Android apps on Chromebooks. The second is that if you have an Android phone and a Chromebook, you’ll be able to use the two together in new ways.
For example, if you Chromebook detects that your phone is nearby, you won’t have to type in a password to unlock your notebook. You can be logged in automatically so all you have to do is lift the lid.
Google is also adding support for new Google Now cards to Chrome OS so that if you receive an incoming text message or call on your phone, a notification can appear on your Chromebook. If your phone battery is running low, your Chromebook can tell you.
Interestingly, Apple showed off similar features for iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite recently — expect Apple users will be able to go further and actually pick up a phone call on your Mac.
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