Run Android apps on Windows, OS X, and Linux with ARC Welder

Run Android apps on Windows, OS X, and Linux with ARC Welder
Back in September 2014, Google launched the "App Runtime for Chrome" (ARC), a tool that allowed developers to test their Android apps on any Chrome OS device. Today, the Android creators took things one step further and announced the ARC Welder, a tool that makes it possible for developers to test Android apps on any machine that can run the Google Chrome browser. In short, the new ARC Welder tool makes it possible to run Android apps on any desktop operating system such as Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux.

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 As a result, it runs the outdated Dalvik virtual machine, as opposed to Lollipop's faster Android Run Time (ART).

You can download the ARC Welder Tool from the link here.



1. sgodsell

Posts: 7535; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The major difference in speed between ART and Dalvik is starting apps is faster in ART. But overall they are the same in terms of speed.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7535; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The other thing is this could open up more apps for the browser in the long run. This is a great benefit to Android, and Android support across multiple platforms. Google's version of Universal apps.

3. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015


4. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

now I can test the mod of game b4 installing it on my phone

5. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

bluestack?? but they ask for money

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