Opinion post by
Rita El Khoury

Earlier today, my colleague Mishaal Rahman shared the exclusive news that Google has been experimenting with running Chrome OS on Android. Details are still slim, but we know that Google has been showing off to its partners the ability to run, through a virtual machine, a special but up-to-date “ferrochrome” build of Chromium OS (the open-source release of Chrome OS) on a Pixel 8 hooked to an external display.

We still don’t know where or how this project will progress, but the fact that it’s being demoed by Google on an external display is getting our heads spinning: Could this be Android’s properly revived desktop mode? And if so, what happens to Samsung DeX?