Google's Chrome OS will soon get Android app support

If a recent discovery in the Chrome OS source code is any indication, Google's notebook operating system is about to officially get access to Android apps.

This weekend, a Reddit user discovered a new and interesting checkbox in the settings menu of Chromebooks running v51 of the OS. Further researched showed that the Chrome OS source code indicates that users will soon be able to access "more than a million" apps from the Google Play Store. To us, this is a clear indication that Google's Chrome OS will soon get support for Android apps.

At the moment, Chrome OS v51 is only available as a developer preview. Those who've been able to activate the checkbox in the settings menu say that the OS pops out a tutorial on how to get Play Store apps, but the feature doesn't actually work. With Google's I/O developer conference coming up next month, there's a very good chance for this new Chrome OS feature to be officially introduced at the conference.

Note that this wouldn't be Google's first attempt to bring Android apps to the Chrome OS, although the company's previous attempts were aimed at developers, not end users. In late 2014, Google made it possible for app developers to test drive Android apps on Chrome OS devices using a tool called the "App Runtime for Chrome". About a year ago, Google went a step further and launched ARC Welder, a tool that allowed devs to test their Android apps on any device running the Google Chrome browser.

Over this past year or so, unofficial reports indicated that Google is planning to fold Chrome OS into Android. Google says that Chrome OS is here to stay, but it looks like the company is taking action to bring the vast array of apps available in the Play Store to Chromebook users. For Chromebook users, this is a very good thing, as Chrome OS hasn't received the same kind of developer love as its mobile-oriented cousin.

source: Reddit via The Verge



1. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Expect stagefright in chromebook

2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Chrome OS doesn't use Androids Stagefright library. Also, you meant Stagefright exploit, since Stagefright is part of Android OS. And since Google updates ChromeOS directly, they would have closed those exploits if they were even present.

16. jellmoo

Posts: 2629; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Not Rekt [ ] Rekt [✓]

20. sgodsell

Posts: 7459; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's Chrome OS and its updated by Google directly, so users don't need to worry about viruses or other malicious malware. Clearly you never used a Chromebook.

3. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Expect more virus and more unoptimised apps

7. emvxl

Posts: 141; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

Please refer to RebelwithoutaClue if you need making sense of what you said. Have a good day.

11. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

You should rather worry about your unoptimized brain.

27. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Why is it gonna dual boot with Windows?

4. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Its a step in the right direction but Android Apps aren't catered towards desktop. Maybe they'll arrive in the future

23. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Maybe they will provide some tools to optimize the apps for Chromebooks...Let's see what happens @ Google IO next month.

26. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I agree, but a few of them (A small few) I feel would actually work better on Chrome OS.

5. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Awesome. Finally!

25. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm actually looking forward to this update. There have been a few apps that I liked but removed them from my device simply because I felt that mobile platform didn't suit them. This update will really have a massive impact on the functionality of Chrome OS if they're able to pull it off properly. Looking forward to it!

29. AndroidBoy21

Posts: 72; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

So excited

31. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1271; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Now I will buy a Chromebook...

32. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That could be the differentiating factor between a Chromebook and the Chrome browser on Windows PCs...but Windows PCs could always do that via emulators, so, still not a reason to buy a Chromebook.

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