Google announced Adobe Photoshop for Chromebooks


Chrome OS is an Operating System developed by Google based on Linux platform. It is an attempt by Google to bring the focus of the computing away from the physical apps and storage and instead work with web applications and installed applications. With Chrome OS, Google tried to push it towards the more cloud-centric future, but it has received wide range of criticism over years for not being a “true OS and ecosystem” like Windows, OSX or Linux. Despite the criticism, Chromebooks gained more popularity and is the great platform for those who spend their most of the time using the device for basic web browsing, word processing and web applications.


Google is making some pretty changes to the Chrome OS in recent times, which allows the Chromebooks to be even more competitive. Some of those changes are introduction of Android app to the Chrome OS and this is just beginning and now it is going to introduce biggest productivity app for the desktop world, i.e, Photoshop.

There are some limitations here, first thing is this is the streaming version and for now it is only available to US-based Adobe education customers with paid Creative Cloud membership. Adobe also said that, this is same Photoshop you know and love. Generally all the features that rely on the Computer’s GPU will be not available in this version atleast for now.

By considering the hardware specs of the Chromebooks, some features of Photoshop won’t work with the streaming version and so this can’t attract the Photoshop professionals to the platform, but still this is a good news for the occasional users and for those who want to simply backup their device for basic Photoshop use.

This is yet another major step from Google in the right direction for Chrome OS as Google continues to close the functionality gap between the Chromebooks and traditional computers.