Android apps on Chromebooks officially demoed

Windowed Android apps are officially coming to Chrome OS with Google announcing that Chromebooks can soon start accessing the million-plus apps on available on the Play Store.

The Android apps will supplement Web apps to provide a variety of games and productivity solutions previously unavailable. And, unlike web apps, these apps work without an internet connection. A product manager for Chrome OS said that apps with sensor requirements (think GPS and gyrometers) will be culled from Chromebook Play Store listings.

Touchscreen-equipped Chromebooks — beginning with the Pixel 2, the ASUS Chromebook Flip and Acer Chromebook R11 — will get first dibs around June. Half of all Chromebooks from the past two years are expected to get Android apps. Older Chromebooks may not meet minimum spec and compatibility requirements.

This move was previously teased in Chrome OS’s source code. Google has always planned a complete merge of Android and Chrome OS, but have denied an imminent move each time rumors have swelled.

Image: CNET

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