Android apps might finally run on Chrome OS with Play Store integration

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Have you been anxiously awaiting for the ability to run Android apps on Chrome OS? Well, that might not be too far out, as a user on Reddit stumbled across something that indicates that Play Store and Play Services integration is on its way for Chrome OS.

In the Developer Channel of Chrome under “Settings” he briefly saw a setting that said “Enable Android Apps to run on your Chromebook.” It may just seem like a pipe dream, but another Reddit goer confirmed the same thing, and even provided an image of what seems to be the screen for setting up the Play Store on Chrome OS:

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Beyond that, a look into the source code shows multiple references to this new Setting as well as the dialog that pops up.

So, what does this all mean? Well, it means that something is in the works to offer some sort of cross-compatibility on Chrome OS with Android Apps. Having access to Android Apps in Chrome OS would certainly make the operating system that much more valuable, and it might even bolster Chromebook sales if it were to happen.

However, don’t get too excited. Nothing is official until it’s, well, official. We haven’t heard any word from Google on this just yet. Rumors in the past have indicated that Chrome OS and Android would merge, but Google shot that down, saying that both would continue to be independent projects. Of course, that doesn’t mean that there can’t be a little cross-compatibility, thus this new feature in the works.

One thing’s for certain: with only a month to go, Google I/O is going to be interesting this year. We’ll no doubt hear a lot more about this at the conference, and we’ll probably even see a fully functioning demo.

Sit tight, folks. It’s going to be interesting how this plays out!

source: Reddit
via: Android Central


About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.


  • RMP

    I agree that this would likely bolster Chromebook usage and sales. It seems infinitely more reasonable and efficient for Google to run ARC properly on Android apps centrally and then make the packaged apps available for direct installation on Chrome OS than to insist that users run ARC themselves. Probably no more than one converted app could be active at once. Also, Chromebooks are really designed for Web apps and browser extensions and don’t presently come with the SSD size to install very many of these. But in a pinch, a converted Android app might be OK.