Chrome has come along way over the last few years. It’s gaining popularity daily and is a far cry from the “useless without the internet” OS many remember. Google’s desktop operating system has matured into a legitimate computing solution for a majority of users. However, with maturity comes growth, and with growth, naturally comes size. Chrome OS has outgrown it’s storage space.
A contributing factor to this is Google Play, and Android apps, coming to the OS. While it’s a nice feature to have, many of the older generations of Chrome OS devices were simply not designed with this in mind. Many were built with only 16GB of internal storage and Chrome OS itself takes up a huge chunk of the allotment. Fortunately, there’s a pretty unique fix for this built into the new Android hybrid: adoptable storage.
Chrome OS needs Adoptable Storage. For those that don’t know, Adoptable Storage allows Android devices to expand their built in storage drives with removable storage options like microSD cards. Once you “adopt” the card, it looks and acts just like internal options.
Thankfully, most Chrome OS devices also offer expandable storage, and this makes for what would seem to be a natural addition to the operating system. Even the most recent models offer at most 64GB of internal storage. As the OS continues to grow, so will the footprint needed for the image on that storage. Chrome OS needs Adoptable Storage, and I hope Google is adding this to the future roadmap for these devices.