Google May Breathe New Life into Old Chromebooks with ChromeOS Flex Expansion
New Evidence Suggests Legacy Devices Could Get a Second Chance
Tech enthusiasts and Chromebook users alike may be in for a treat, as Google appears to be considering expanding the availability of its ChromeOS Flex platform to older Chromebooks.
The discovery was made by Chrome Unboxed, a tech news website that recently delved deep into Google’s Chromium Repositories. There, they found intriguing references to a project known as “Flexor,” which involves installing a thirteenth partition on ChromeOS devices. This partition is reportedly a whopping 10GB in size, suggesting that it contains an entire operating system.
In addition, Chrome Unboxed discovered code discussions that reference a message that appears on the screen during the installation process: “Start flex-ing.” This further supports the theory that Google is planning to expand ChromeOS Flex to older Chromebooks.
What is ChromeOS Flex?
ChromeOS Flex is a cloud-based, lightweight iteration of ChromeOS that can be installed on old PCs and Macs to transform them into Chromebook-like devices. It is compatible with both desktop computers and laptops, and it is designed to breathe new life into outdated hardware.
ChromeOS Flex is currently available to anyone who registers on Google’s website. However, it is currently limited to non-Chromebook devices. The expansion of ChromeOS Flex to older Chromebooks would make it possible to extend the lifespan of these devices and give users a new way to use them.
When Will ChromeOS Flex Be Available on Older Chromebooks?
The exact release date for the expansion of ChromeOS Flex to older Chromebooks is currently unknown. However, the fact that Google is working on a project called “Flexor” and that there is code that references installing ChromeOS Flex on Chromebooks suggests that the release date may not be too far off.
The expansion of ChromeOS Flex to older Chromebooks would be a significant development. It would give users a new way to use their old devices and extend their lifespan. It would also be a boon for the environment, as it would help to reduce the amount of electronic waste.
Google has not yet made any official announcements about the expansion of ChromeOS Flex to older Chromebooks. However, the evidence suggests that it is a possibility that is worth keeping an eye on.