CrossOver for Android can also bring Windows apps to Chromebooks
If you’re looking for a computing catch-all that will get you Spelunky on one end, Microsoft Excel at another and Asphalt 8 at a completely different limb, you may just have it soon enough, thanks to some company called CodeWeavers.
One catch? You have to be comfortable with a Chromebook. Okay, not actually — let us explain.
Developers are finalizing CrossOver, a Windows application boot program based on Wine, for Android. With things cinching up nicely and the introduction of Android apps to Chrome OS, the team went cheeky on all of us and decided to play a Steam game on the Intel-based Acer Chromebook R11.
Limbo is available on the Google Play Store, but not all Play Store apps will be available to Chromebooks, so the workaround here is definitely appreciated. Perhaps we can get really meta here and run BlueStacks on CrossOver? We’ll have to see. Anyways, DirectX9 is working, keyboard taps and mouse clicks register and noise comes out of the speakers. And all of this without a virtual machine.
“PEOPLE, we are staring at a Leprechaun riding on the back of a Unicorn while taking a picture of a UFO,” CodeWeavers’s James Ramey said (he’s the guy on our hero image excited to hold up that R11!).
Versions of CrossOver have been working on OS X (now macOS) and Linux for years, but this could be a game changer. You can contact CodeWeavers and ask to test the Android client once it’s available.