An online code repository has hinted at which Chromebook models will get OS upgrades to Android 11 – and don’t worry, Chromebook owners, there are quite a few on the list. While all Chromebooks are primarily powered by Chrome OS and regularly updated by Google, they also run Android in the background, which is important to ensure that apps continue to work alongside Chrome’s browser tabs.
Most Chromebooks are currently running Android 9. Chromebooks that are expected to receive updates to Android 11 and Chrome version 90 will benefit from new features, such as dark mode and unified app scaling.
The codenames for the Chromebook devices receiving these updates were listed by online repository Chromium Gerrit, and have since been reported by Android Police to produce a comprehensive list of the laptops, tablets, and desktops expected to benefit from the OS upgrade. Here’s a selection of a few 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
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As mentioned, with the upgrade to Android 11, many Chromebook users will have access to both a dark mode and uniform app scaling – two features that have been much requested in recent years.
Dark modes have become popular color settings for people who suffer from eye strain when looking at a screen for extended periods of time. While testing the new mode in the Chrome OS beta, Android Police reported that Android apps on Chromebooks now have a clean, near-black background color that blends well with the rest of the Chrome OS UI.
The Android Settings menu apparently looks the most polished, with a dark title bar and a bright teal accent color. A dark theme is also used for notifications, although this was not always consistent in testing.
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