Hiroshi Lockheimer spotted off stage.
"We're having slight technical difficulties," says a Googler, "but hang tight, we'll begin as soon as possible."
I'm gonna go up there and "fix" stuff. Hold my bag Phil.
OK, let's get started: Hiroshi Lockheimer is on stage talking about what's new in Chrome OS.
So far, he says, Google has taken the best updates from each platform and applied it to the other. Now they're approaching it differently.
Kan Liu — director of product management on stage
Kan is Director of Product Management for Chrome OS. Talking up then benefits of Chromebooks.
Laptops can get slow, they're insecure and not everyone can use one
Chromebooks outselling all other products combines in eduction sector
All sorts of Chrome OS devices are being promulgated, from laptops to boxes to desktops.
Apps have become a central part of our everyday lives, say Kan. This means bringing together the millions of Play Store apps with Chrome.
It's official: Google is bringing the Play Store to Chromebooks!
"The world's most popular browser meets the world's most popular app store." Pretty powerful message right there.
Snapchat on your Chromebook? Sure.
OK, demo time. Cool Google Doodle today. Check it out if you haven't already.
One of the big changes in Chrome OS: there is now a Play Store icon pinned to the bottom shelf, says Kan. This is the entire Play Store.
The Android framework has been integrated "seamlessly" into Chrome OS. Things like notifications will show up in the Notification Center.
Kan is now demoing Photoshop Mix, an Android app, on Chrome OS, in a fullscreen window. Using a combo of mouse and touch. Pretty great.
Until now, there haven't been great photo editors on Chrome OS, and there hasn't been a lot of incentive from devs to build them. Now, this.
Kan is now showing off Microsoft Office (!!) on a Chromebook. Google+Microsoft sitting in a tree? There's also a Facebook Chat Head onscreen
Kan is now demoing Clash of Clans, which isn't available for "any PC platforms," on Chrome OS.
Android apps not only work offline, but they support multiple window sizes.
Demo shows a Chromebook not connected to the internet, playing Galaxy on Fire 2. Smooth graphics and touch controls support.
Desktop-class hardware means that all Android apps play smoothly, even within a container.
Of course, Google Play Movies is supported, too. Demoing Kung Fu Panda 3 playing in fullscreen on Chrome OS.
(Couldn't put KFP3 on the external monitors)
Anything from the Play Store will work: Movies, Music, Books, Newsstand, and, of course, Photos!
"Let's geek out for a moment and show you how we did this." Worked with the Android team to make this happen.
If you recall, Android N is getting behind-the-scenes Chromebook-like updates. Now, the Android framework will live on top of Chrome OS stack.
Android Security features like SE Linux are present, along with a real-time runtime environment. "No overhead."