1 Google Docs and Microsoft Office
Best Chrome OS Apps for 2021
We have categorized the article into four sections so you can comfortablynavigate through the list of apps. First, we have mentioned Web apps and thenAndroid, Chrome Extensions, and finally, Linux apps. We have picked only thebest Chrome OS apps which are running perfectly fine without any glitches. Sonow, let’s go ahead and begin with Web Apps first. * Best Web Apps for Chrome OSBefore we begin, let me clarify some key points about web apps. Web apps arebasically websites on the internet, but more essentially, they follow the PWA(Progressive Web Apps) standard. In case you have no idea about PWA, it’s aflexible and modular web standard that allows websites to behave like a nativeapp. You can create a separate window of the website, pin it on your shelf,and also use it while being offline. Simply put, PWA is the cornerstone ofChrome OS and that is why we are going to start with web apps first.To create a web app for a website, open the website of your choice, and clickon the 3-dot menu in the top-right corner. After that, click on “More Tools”and then open “Create Shortcut”.Next, enable the checkbox for “Open as Window” and click on the “Create”button. That’s it. The website will be available as a Web App in your appdrawer. Now with all that said, let’s go through the best Chrome OS Web Apps.
1. Google Docs and Microsoft Office
Google Docs does not need any introduction. And users who are coming fromWindows and are looking for Office apps, Google Docs can be a great Officealternative on Chrome OS. It brings almost all the Microsoft Office featuresand you can also use it while being offline. You can save files in whicheverformat you want ranging from PDF to DOC and DOCX. It will help you edit yourdocuments on Microsoft Office as well.However, if Google Docs does not cut for you and you want Microsoft Office onChrome OS then you have that option as well. You can use the web version ofMicrosoft Office free of cost exactly like the native application on WindowsOS. But keep in mind, there is no offline support for the web version ofMicrosoft Office.Check Out Google DocsCheck Out Microsoft Office
5. Google Canvas and Sketchpad
Since most Chromebooks come with a touch-screen display, you can use it asyour drawing canvas as well, similar to the iPad. There are two great apps fordoodling and illustration on Chrome OS: Google Canvas and Sketchpad. If youare a beginner and want to learn the basics of drawing, you can start withGoogle Canvas. It’s quite feature-rich and the touch response is excellent.However, if you are looking for an advanced program that gives you lots ofoptions then Sketchpad is the best choice. It has a myriad of options forbrush styles, calligraphy, vector fill and more. So to conclude, if you arelooking for the best Chrome OS apps for drawing and sketches then both theseoptions are great to consider.Check Out Google CanvasCheck Out Sketchpad
10. Microsoft Office and Office Suite
The reason I am mentioning Microsoft Office again is that the Android versionhas offline support. Also, all the Microsoft Office apps work in full-screenmode and do not lack any of the major desktop features. However, you will needan Office subscription to activate the Office apps so keep that in mind.In case, you are not willing to purchase another plan, you can opt for OfficeSuite by MobiSystems. It supports all your Office files including Word, Excel,PowerPoint, and PDF. On top of that, you can edit and create Office documentswhile being completely offline and without any subscription fee.Install: Microsoft Office (Free, Offers in-app purchases)Install: Office Suite (Free, Offers in-app purchases)
34. Visual Studio Code
For many programmers, Visual Studio Code is their go-to code editor and thegreat news is that you can use it on Chrome OS as well. It’s developed byMicrosoft and supports a great number of programming languages including JAVA,HTML, CSS, C++ and more.Apart from that, VSC also has options for debugging, Git control, syntaxhighlighting, bracket matching and intelligent code completion. All in all,having Visual Studio Code on Chrome OS and the ability to compile programs onthe system is just magical. And for that very reason, Visual Studio Code isone of the best Chrome OS apps in this list.How to install VSC: Open this page and download the .deb file from the“64-bit” link. Now, open the File Manager of Chrome OS and double-click on the.deb file. Now VSC will start installing itself and once that is done, you canfind it in the app drawer.
Here are the Best Chrome OS Apps For You
So these are our picks for the best Chrome OS apps that are available throughvarious platforms right now. I have included Web apps, Android apps, Chromeextensions and finally some popular Linux apps too. After going through alegion of apps, I can confidently say that you would find the majority of appseither in the form of Web or Linux apps. At this point, Chrome OS has improvedby leaps and bounds and there is huge support from the developer community aswell. Anyway, that is all from us. If we missed to include some apps that youare looking for, comment down below and let us know.How to Install Chrome OS on Any Windows Laptop or PCChrome OS is undoubtedly the fastest Operating System for desktop computers.It is light, easy to use and also not too resource-hungry like Windows or Mac.This makes it a great OS to install on your old PCs and Macs which lags anddrains the battery.On top of that, you can have additional benefits like unlocking your computerusing your Android phone and seamlessly switching devices while browsing. Butthe official Chrome OS which Google uses on their Pixelbooks (and allows otherOEMs to install on Chromebooks) is not available for everyone to download. Asthere are also some hardware requirements that only Chromebooks have.How to install Chrome OS on any PC or LaptopThough we cannot install Chrome OS, we can install the Open-source softwareChromium OS which anyone can install, modify and use it in the way they like.But it requires some technical expertise. Thankfully we have many developersthat modified the Chromium OS and made it easy to install.Among them, two of the best Chromium OS forks are Neverware’s Cloud Ready andFlint’s Fyde OS.
Google’s Chrome OS vs. Cloud-Ready vs. Fyde OS
Just like Google’s Chrome OS, they have also developed the OS from the Open-source Chromium OS project. They take the source code from the Chromium andadd their own proprietary code to make a working OS. They look and work justlike the Chrome OS and the best advantage of them than Chrome OS is that youcan install them on a wide variety of hardware.Cloud-Ready is developed by Neverware, which is secured, easy to install andalso has excellent documentation. And they also update the OS quite often.This is the most stable Chromium OS fork you can find and also undoubtedly themost famous one among all. But there is a caveat, though you can run Linuxapps on this OS, you cannot install Android apps in it. Neverware said theywill be supporting Android apps in the future, there is still no sign of suchan update at present.Fyde OS is first introduced as Flint OS by the London company Flintinnovations. They have developed the OS for the Chinese market. When Chrome OSstarted supporting Android apps, they have added the Android apps support tothe Flint OS and renamed it as Fyde OS. On top of that, you can install FydeOS even on Rasberry Pi & ASUS Thinker Board along with PC and VM ware. But theUI looks a bit different compared to the Chrome OS and also not a stable OS.Cloud-Ready is the best fork you can find to install, but if Android apps areso much important for you, you can choose Fyde OS as the second-bestalternative.
How to install Fyde OS on any PC or Laptop.
First things first, Fyde OS is not compatible with Mac. So only PC users candownload and install it. And it is not as easy as Cloud Ready to install.1. First, you need to download two files.Open the Fyde OS website and download the iso file. This website will be inChinese, but you can translate using Google Translate or just download byclicking the first button.Then open the Etcher Website and download the Etcher app.2. Open the Eitcher and select the image, which is the iso file we havedownloaded from the Fyde OS website.3. Connect the USB stick and select the USB stick as the target and click onFlash. ( The data on the USB stick will be lost in the process, so make sureto back up your data in it first )4. Once the process is completed, reboot the device from the USB stick. Youneed to change the boot order to accomplish this step.5. Once the system is loaded, you can see the interface of Fyde OS. (it maytake few minutes to appear, as the OS is leading from the USB)6. At present, the website will be in the Chinese language, to change, clickon the Globe icon (International Icon)Next, select the language from the drop-down menu and click Ok.7. Now click on Let’s Go and connect to the Internet via ethernet or wifi.9. Unlike Cloud – Ready, you need to have a separate Fyde account. To createan account, click on more options and then ‘Create Account’.10. Log-in to your account. You can use the entire Fyde OS from here. But itis still not installed on the hard drive.11. To install, reboot the device and press control + alt + F2 when the FydeOS logo appears to switch to command line mode.8. Use ‘ Chronos ‘ as both username and password. Then enter the command ‘isblk ‘ and click enter.9. Search for the physical disk. It will probably be displayed as sd x. Youcan also determine by the size of the disk space and the number of partitions.The following command will take “sda” as the label.10. Enter the following command: sudo /usr/sbin/chromeos-install –dst /dev/sda11. The installation script will ask if you want to continue and prompt thatthe target disk will be emptied. If you are sure, enter Y and press Enter toconfirm.12. Once the installation is done, reboot the device by removing the USBstick.You have already installed the Fyde OS.But there is still no support for Android apps and Linux apps. Don’t worry,you can easily enable them.Enabling Android Apps support1. Support for Android apps is already available. You can download apks andinstall but there is no Play Store.2. You just need to sideload the Play Store by downloading the Play Store apkfile. Or you can even download Nova Launcher so that you can access Play Storefrom it.Enabling Linux Apps Support1. Open Chrome & open a New Incognito Windows2. Type “chrome://flags/enable-experimental-crostini-ui” and enable the flag3. Chrome will ask to restart to take effect4. After restarting, open up Chrome OS’s system settings.5. Search for “Linux” and you should see a “Linux(beta)” section.6. Open it and click the ‘ Turn on ‘ option7. Now, install the Linux (Beta) and confirm8. You will have the Linux terminal installed within minutes.By default, Fyde OS default search engine will be set to bing, you can changethat Google in the browser settings if you want.3 Ways You Can Use Android as a Desktop Operating SystemAndroid is without a doubt the world’s favorite mobile operating system. Buthow does it fare on desktop and laptop computers?You probably know that phones and tablets feature Google’s Android operatingsystem. You might even know about the TV boxes powered by Android. Wheneveryou use these devices, Android feels smart and intuitive. No instructionmanual is required.Which is why it might come as a surprise to find Android can run on standardcomputers. But really, this should be no surprise. Touchscreen or otherwise,Android is user-friendly and familiar to so many people.In mid-2017, developer Jide announced that arguably the most popular Androidenvironment for desktops, Remix OS, was to end. Fortunately, other options areavailable for installing and running Android on a desktop PC. If you’relooking for the ultimate in Android-based productivity, it might be time tomove away from your Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 or your Google Pixel C and considerinstalling one of these three Android distros on your computer.But first… whatever happened to Remix OS?
1. (RIP) Remix OS
In July 2017, Chinese developer Jide announced (to much consternation) thatRemix OS and the Remix hardware devices — various Mac Mini style computersand set-top boxes — would come to a halt, with immediate effect.Following inquiries from various enterprise-level businesses, Jide has optedto move development from Remix OS and follow new opportunities.This is a bit of a shame, as so many Android desktop projects in the past havefailed. Jide’s Remix OS appeared to be a rare exception to the rule, but inthe end, it was not. While keen observers may have seen the writing was on thewall for Remix OS when they stopped responding to support issues earlier inthe year, overall the news has taken the community by surprise.Although Remix OS can still be downloaded and installed, unless Jide releasesthe code, it has, sadly, had its day.Happily, three Android-based desktop projects continue. But if it’s an Androidgaming experience you’re looking for on your PC, grab a copy of Remix OS assoon as you can.
2. Android-x86 Project
Probably the most durable Android project for desktop computers, Android-x86has been around since 2009. It’s a versatile system — I once used it toinstall Android on a Windows 8 tablet. You might even install it on a laptop.Although Android-x86 was involved in the development of Remix OS, it isgenerally assumed that the project will continue. After all, withoutAndroid-x86, none of the projects listed here would have gotten off theground. Android-x86 is based on the AOSP (Android Open Source Project), withmodifications that make it compatible for running on Intel-based processorsand PC architectures. Such modifications include support for hardwareacceleration.The first release candidate for Android 7.1 Nougat was released on June 8,2017.You can grab your copy over at the android-x86.org website. It is available in32-bit and 64-bit options, and comes in ISO format, ready to be written to DVDor a USB flash stick for installation. While you’re there, look out fordownloads prefixed with CM — these are CyanogenMod-based desktops.Although dual-boot with Windows is supported (thanks to a UEFI manager), it’sworth trying Android-x86 out in live mode or as a virtual machine (using yourpreferred VM software). Setup can be slow, and you’ll notice that Android-x86appears to be intended for touchscreen devices rather than standard desktops.Unlike the other examples here, there is no Start menu equivalent. Having saidthat, this version of Android works as expected, although you may find thepresence of Google disconcerting if you’re looking for a purer, AOSP feel.
3. Phoenix OS
Intended for desktops and laptops with Intel Atom CPUs, Phoenix OS willnevertheless run on almost any PC built in the past five years. Utilizing thecode from Android-x86 and the grub4dos boot management tool, Phoenix OS isparticularly well-suited for dual-booting. However, the operating system canbe installed on a USB storage device as well.VIDEOAs with any new operating system for your PC, it’s worth testing Phoenix OS ina VM before installing to the hard drive. Either way, you’ll be presented witha full Android-style desktop, designed for productivity. As with Android-x86,there’s even a Windows-esque Start menu, where the most commonly used apps arelisted. It’s even possible to access your Windows storage from within PhoenixOS!Two versions are available. One is a standard ISO, available in 32-bit and64-bit flavors and ready to be installed. The other is an executable, againavailable for both instruction sets, that can be run in Windows, makingPhoenix OS an app.It’s worth pointing out that if you are planning on using Phoenix OS on adesktop computer, it is not suited to Android gaming. For this, considergrabbing a copy of Remix OS while you still can.A collection of download options for Phoenix OS can be found online atphoenixos.com/download, where you’ll also find a tablet version of Phoenix OSif you’re so inclined.
Can Android Cut It on the Desktop?
In a world with Google Chrome OS offering a Google-flavored desktop experiencewith support for Android apps, the question that must surely be asked is: Whyinstall Android on a desktop when you can simply install Chrome OS?Well, look at it this way: although precise figures are unknown, Chrome OS has0.56 percent of the market based on desktop browser stats. Conversely, Androidhas 38.9 percent across all platforms, mobile and desktop.In short, Android has the presence and popularity. It’s just missing thatvital pivot in the minds of its users — the realization that, yes, it can beused as a desktop operating system. It has the apps, it has the games, and ithas the familiarity.But what do you think? Is Android good enough as a desktop operating system?Have you used any of these Android desktops? Tell us about it in the comments.7 Underground Torrent Sites for Getting Uncensored ContentYou need specialized search engines to find legal torrents, foreclosed houses,public records, and even UFOs. Enter the dark web.About The AuthorChristian Cawley (1437 Articles Published)Deputy Editor for Security, Linux, DIY, Programming, and Tech Explained. Healso produces The Really Useful Podcast and has extensive experience indesktop and software support. A contributor to Linux Format magazine,Christian is a Raspberry Pi tinkerer, Lego lover and retro gaming fan.More From Christian Cawley