Run Android apps on Windows, OS X, and Linux with ARC Welder
Although ARC Welder is primarily aimed at developers, anyone can go ahead and test drive Android apps in their Chrome browser. Just three things are required: the Android APK for the app, the Chrome Browser, and the ARC Welder tool. Following a quick setup process, the APK is converted into an app that can run inside the Google Chrome browser.
Another thing to note is that Google also integrated support for some of the Google Play services, such as Maps, Location, or Google Cloud Messaging (GCM). Unfortunately, not all of Google's services are supported by the ARC Welder, meaning that some apps that depend on them will not work.
Google claims that the technology behind ARC Welder allows apps to run almost as smoothly on your desktop machine as they would on an Android smartphone or tablet. However, as most desktop computers lack touch-sensitive panels, as well as many of the sensors available on Android devices, don't expect the overall experience to be similar. At the moment, ARC is based on Android 4.4 KitKat. As a result, it runs the outdated Dalvik virtual machine, as opposed to Lollipop's faster Android Run Time (ART).