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Windows 10 ARM could get a native Google Chrome release in the second half of 2019

Qualcomm working on Google Chrome port for Windows 10 ARM, launch expected for Q2 2019
Qualcomm working on Google Chrome for Windows 10 ARM
Google Chrome users who run the browser on Qualcomm Snapdragon-driven Windows 10 ARM laptops are facing performance problems due to the fact that these machines have to emulate this piece of code. Qualcomm has confirmed that an ARM port of Chrome is in the making, but it might take almost a year until it becomes available.
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Windows 10 ARM laptops might be quite handy for many users, but they suffer from quite a few software-related problems. When it comes to browsers, for example, Qualcomm Snapdragon-driven laptops that run Windows 10 ARM cannot handle third-party pieces of code such as Google Chrome properly because they lack native support for them. In the end, the laptops have to emulate these apps, so the only choice that runs natively is the Microsoft Edge browser. 

The good part of this story is that Qualcomm is working with Google on a port of the Chrome browser that will run natively on Windows 10 ARM. The problem lies in the expected launch date of this product. Qualcomm's senior director of product management, Miguel Nunes, spoke to Android Authority about the Google Chrome port for Windows 10 ARM and revealed the following: "We’re still working with the different OEMs and designs. I expect you’ll see it probably around (the) second half of next year. Every OEM will decide whatever their launch timeline is, but we’re actively working on it."

The interesting part of the statement above is that Google Chrome might only hit laptops from specific brands at different dates instead of having an "all-out" launch. This would mean that some machines might even not get it at all, but there is still plenty of time left until the second half of 2019. In the meantime, Qualcomm might launch the Snapdragon 1000 chipset and the existing Snapdragon-powered portables could finally get cheaper, especially since their price is often viewed as the main obstacle that keeps them away from becoming more popular.

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Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5435 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2018-10-22 (Update: 2018-10-22)