Android app compatibility comes to Chrome OS

Android apps have the luxury of being some of the most broadly accessible mobile software around. That’s not a consequence solely of the platform’s wide availability on smartphones, but also thanks to how other platforms have picked up the ability to run Android software in addition to their native apps – operating systems like BlackBerry 10. This Android compatibility has even extended to the desktop, and programs like BlueStacks have brought Android apps to our PCs for years. But now Google is taking things one step further, and baking Android support right in to its Chrome OS. Today the company announces the first group of Android apps that Chrome users will be able to run on their Chromebooks.

Through use of the still-in-beta App Runtime for Chrome, Google has given Chrome OS the ability to run the Android apps Duolingo, Evernote, Sight Words, and Vine.

Unfortunately, that means that we’re not seeing an open-the-floodgates surge where Google flips-on Chrome support for the million-plus Play Store apps out there, and instead will be bringing a few at a time to Chrome – after a lot of testing, presumably. It says that select developers will be helping to bring more Android apps to Chrome in the months to come, but without talking too broadly about long-term compatibility plans, or naming specific titles we should expect.

Source: Google
Via: Android Police

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