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