More Chromebooks That Run Android Apps Heading Down the Pike

Long ago, in a post titled “Why It’s Doubtful That Google Would Merge Chrome OS and Android,” I disagreed with a story The Wall Street Journal posted suggesting that Chrome OS might disappear as a standalone entity and merge with Android. Soon after that, a Google for Work blog post titled “Chrome OS Is Here to Stay” stated that “…while we’ve been working on ways to bring together the best of both [Android and Chrome] operating systems, there’s no plan to phase out Chrome OS.”

Now, we’re finally seeing something that many people have been waiting for: the ability to run Android apps on Chromebooks.  In fact, The Chromium Blog gets very specific about ways to get Android apps running on Chromebooks. Here is more.

You can find some of the Chromebooks that already support Android apps here, and Google officials have confirmed that more are coming. 

Android apps arrived on Chromebooks in a heavy-handed way last summer, but the developer channel was still buggy. Then, a new implementation entered the beta channel with some much needed stability.

As Forbes has noted:

“As pointed out here, a few select Chromebooks come with the Play Store setting out of the box now. But most don’t. So, you will have to configure your Chromebook as either Beta or Developer: go to “Settings” and click on “About Chrome OS,” then “more info” then “Change Channel” to set the channel.”

 The real question is whether the ability to run Android apps will make Chromebooks more enticing. If so, we’re likely to see this functionality spread out to many more Chromebook models.


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