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The game-changing side effect a Chrome OS tablet could create

Google’s Chrome OS platform is on the brink of yet another potentially massive expansion. That much we’ve established.

What we didn’t discuss in Tuesday’s “Chrome OS takeover” column, though, was a significant secondary effect that could result from this coming evolution.

In case you haven’t been paying attention, what we’re talking about here is the ongoing alignment of Chrome OS and Android and the fascinating changes that are happening as a result. In short, the presence of Android apps on Chrome OS is redefining the platform’s possibilities and limitations. Those new parameters, combined with the accompanying advancements in hardware, are effectively turning the Chromebook into the next-gen “Android tablet.”

Now, with more alignment steps in the works and the first non-convertible, pure-slate Chrome OS tablet apparently nearing its debut, the stage is set for a new class of Chromebooks to creep into the computing mainstream — starting, perhaps, with the pivotal education market and then inching outward from there.

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