As if Microsoft doesn’t have enough troubles with the Surface Pro notebook tablet hybrid and the now defunct Windows Phone, here’s another example of a killing field at the low end of the PC market– Android apps coming to Chromebooks. ZDNet:
At Google I/O earlier this year the company announced plans to let Android apps run on the Chromebook. It’s starting small, but the first few apps are now available for a Chromebook near you… Android apps will run under the App Runtime for Chrome (Beta) which creates a virtual machine on Chrome OS for handling Android apps.
Not many apps yet, but the flood will come. Microsoft is getting damaged at the low end of the notebook spectrum, while Apple owns the high end and all the profits.