Google, at its I/O developer conference made an announcement that Play Store is coming to Chrome OS and with that, now users will be able to install and run almost every Android app on their Chromebooks and Chromeboxes.
Google’s Chrome OS to run Android Apps Soon
Chrome OS Director of Product Manager Kan Liu also informed that the first version used ARC (the Android Runtime for Chrome) and Native Client.
“But that wasn’t a native implementation, so app developers had to do something to make it work. That wasn’t going to work for many developers.”
Kan Liu said.
Both Chrome OS and Android will use the same core and resources on the Chrome OS machine. Apps will run in a protected mode and, even if a reprobate app succeeds get out of this sandbox, all of Chrome OS’s other safety features will apply as well.
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Whereas Google announced Play Store support in Chrome OS, it won’t turn out to consumers immediately. It’s will first come to the Chrome OS dev channel in June with the launch of N53 to this medium.
In the beginning it will only run on a particular number of gadgets, mostly which are touch-enabled. The purpose for this concentration on touch-enabled devices is intended to offer Android developers the chance to add enhanced keyboard support to their apps before the extensive release.
A Chromebook will look like any other Android phone or tablet for Play Store apps. They will get access to the entire Chrome OS file system, besides the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth stack. Chrome OS will also back all the typical notifications, in-line replies and even Facebook Messenger-style chat bubbles.
For professional users, Android on Chrome OS also supports Android at Work and enterprise admins will be able to limit which apps users can set up on their Chrome OS devices and can turn off this feature as well.
It’s worth mentioning that Android on Chrome OS will support ARM and x86 chips as well. Because of ARM’s supremacy on mobile, maximum Android apps have been elevated for that platform.
For the time being the version of Android on Chrome OS is Marshmallow, merely because Android N isn’t prepared for a complete release yet.
Liu said that:
“We’re doubling down on Chrome OS. What we want to do here is keep all of the great features of Chrome OS and bring all of the best parts of Android over so our users get the best of both worlds.”