The reality of open source: Now pretty much any Android app can run on Chrome browser on any platform

The reality of open source: Now pretty much any Android app can run on Chrome browser on any platform
It was just over a week ago when Google announced an initial set of Android developed apps were integrated with Android Runtime for Chrome, ARC (Beta), enabling those apps to run on a Chromebook. Making good on announcements made during Google I/O, the idea was that Google would work with “select groups” of Android developers to allow more Android apps to operate on Chrome, and provide a more seamless experience.

As you know, the Android Open Source Project, and Chrome OS are both, well, open. ARC is out in the wild so-to-speak, and the computer wizards have pretty much wrested control from Google because now, not only is there a custom Chrome apk file available, it also can be used to allow Android apps to operate on anything with a Chrome browser, like a PC or Mac.

Google was certainly thinking of being a little more methodical in implementing Android apps with ARC, but such as the reality of open source. People will do things with the good work and apply ideas that are simply out of the norm.

For those that have the acumen to incorporate such software, the second source link will connect you to the ARChron Custom Runtime Guide on GitHub. If you decide to tinker with it in a Chrome browser in Windows, Ubuntu, or OS X, it is probably going to be unstable, but should enable the ability to run an unlimited number of Android APKs in a Chrome browser environment.



sources: Gigaom and GitHub

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34 Comments

1. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Great going google

3. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Kudos Google!!! Freedom and value for money.

5. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

Google is the BEST.!!

26. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Running android on PC is not new...there are many ways of doing it, but the real problem is that android or android apps don't run as well as they do on real android devices...i think this new solution is only useful if it works better than those virtual machines. I have always wanted android apps on my PC.

29. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The performance seems pretty good so far I might try run some benchmarks for the lols

30. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

AnTuTu almost fully worked, I have a desktop with a i5 and GTX 760 The Multitask, RAM, CPU float-point, 2D Graphics and IO scores were better than my Nexus 5 But the Runtime and CPU integer scores were worse The 3D graphics test didn't work, I think because I don't have Intel HD drivers for my iGPU and the app probably isn't programmed to use my dGPU Also it shows my ram as only 0.5GB and storage as 2GB https://i.imgur.com/zgRroJQ.png

31. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

lol...thanks!

32. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

idiots android app crashes all time plz never think google is fraud company

34. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

what are you trying to say?...who are the 'idiots' and what to you mean by 'plz never think google is fraud company'??

2. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

This why I prefer Android over iOS,......It's called FREEDOM.!!!

8. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

It's called preferring an operating system, stop being a android fanboy.

9. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

So.....? This what I just said!...LOL!..... And I'm not a fanboy I just buy the best IMO !

10. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

It's called cherry picking. Stop being a selective hypocrite. I don't see you raining your light of "reason" on the iTrolls that infest Android based articles with more direct potshots.

14. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Stop being a jealous iBoy.

12. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Do you also prefer Linux over Windows?

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Linux has become a viable choice for people that don't want to fork out a few hundreds dollar on a Windows license. I just build a DIY to try out Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and its surprise me on many levels mainly how consumer friendly Linux has become. Its stable and the Unity UI make it assessable to me that only uses Microsoft for the pass decade.

33. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

what is linux third class buggy os . after using people suffer from headche and piles

16. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I ditched windows 2 yrs ago. Now I have been using Linux Mint 17. LM18 is coming soon. :)

20. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I hate Microsoft, but I'll admit that I'd have a lot of difficulty ditching Windows 7 cold turkey. With Chrome being able to run pretty much any Android app though, I think that I might be able to handle the Chrome OS now that Skype is an option. Now I just need to find a import music to my iPod solution and I'm set.

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Ubuntu come preinstalled with libra office and rhythm box. I am able to use my creative bt-w1 usb bluetooth to connect to my Bluetooth speakers. Completely plug and play which surprised me. Same level of user friendliness like my Windows setup.

24. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I spent a short amount of time playing with Ubuntu some 6 or 7 years ago. It was interesting, but It wasn't really what I was looking for at the time. Though Linux being what it is, I'm sure it's vastly different now. Maybe I'll give it another go. Thanks for the recommendations.

28. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I am building a NAS at first. I explored FreeNAS, while great it's really a one trick pony very desirable for enterprise market but not so much for home user. So I went ahead to change my plan from NAS to building a media server. Doing lots of read up. Very interesting. If Microsoft kill Game for Windows there is really very little incentive for home user to pay them license for a Windows desktop.

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I choose to try Ubuntu after learning they have the largest market share in the Linux platform. Why you choose Linux Mint 17?

27. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

This is why you don't have to choose between android and iOS, because now every Apple fanboy will have android in his mac if he uses chrome...i don't think this is an android vs iOS thing, it's a battle between chrome and the other browsers...if chrome can run android apps,you will not need any virtual machines,that will make it even more popular.

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The nice thing about this approach to running Android apps on PCs is that the desktop OS is not being made into some Frankenstein to do so.

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Finally I can run Firefox on Chrome to download Opera!

7. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

This is why I will always choose Google over Apple ! Well done Google !!!

11. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Android has always excelled in rapid development and progress over it's competitors. The main competition is just now starting to implement these standard features that Android has enjoyed for years, but they're still not near the aforementioned level of Android though.

13. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

Sneaky move google. lol. pretty soon apple users will be using android apps though chrome. then identity chrisis will strike. "I LIKE GOOGLE NOT ANDROID!" LOL.

17. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Too bad is doesn't guarantee security and malware-free environment. That is always the problem of open-source.

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