Last year, Google released Chromebook’s Play Store and announced that the Android operating system will be available in the Chrome operating system. Now, a variety of Chromebooks support Android applications, Google has been committed to improving the Android application and the entire Chrome operating system user experience. In recent months, we’ve seen Google adding split-screen in tablet mode and adding inline replies to notifications.
Now, users on Reddit (via Chrome Unboxed) point out that parallel tasks in the Android operating system are available in Chrome OS 64 Beta.
To enable the feature, first, you need to move your chrome to the beta channel. You can do that by going to the settings> about Chrome OS> Detailed Build Information> Select change channel> select Beta. It will download it and prompt you to restart. You are in the beta channel now.
Note: You won’t lose anything move to beta channel but if you come back from beta to stable, it will wipe your device so keep that in mind.
Open the Android Settings page in Chrome OS, then go to Developer Options. Scroll down to find the option to allow the application to continue running in the background, enabling this feature.
It should be noted that you can also run Android apps side-by-side in the stable version of Chrome OS but can’t run apps in the background. As soon as you click on another app, the first app that you were working on will stop running. For example, if you were running a game and a video app, the game would pause if you clicked on the video app. Now, if you clicked back on the game app, you have to click on the resume button to start the game while the video would stop playing.
The user pointed out that after enabling a parallel application, multiple applications can run in parallel without the need to suspend or worry about losing data, the user experience is much better, and the user is expecting the same.
A stable version of Chrome OS 64 may not include this feature, but the possibilities are high. If it appears on a stable version of Chrome OS 64, there is one less reason for users not to use Chrome OS.