Soon you will be able to run Android apps on your Google Chromebook laptop

Run Android apps on a Google Chromebook laptop
Run Android apps on a Google Chromebook laptop

Although most of the Android apps are meant to be used on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, sometimes you wish you could also run them on your laptop. In fact, Microsoft is trying this with Windows 10 and now even Google wants you to be able to run your Android apps on your Chromebook laptop. The apps that you use in Android, you may also be soon able to use them in the Chrome OS.

The feature was observed by a Reddit user for the first time. It hasn’t been fully implemented, but it seems that people running Chrome OS version 51 can see a checkbox in their settings menu that says, “Enable Android apps to run on your Chromebook”.

Although the option disappears quickly, people who have been able to have a peek inside the Chrome OS source code say that users will soon be able to access “more than a million” games and apps on the Google Play Store.

Although there are many users who would like to give mobile apps separate from PC and laptop apps, with more and more software applications storing their data on the cloud, it is much better to be able to use the same apps across all devices rather than having to install multiple software applications on multiple devices.

The ability to run Android apps in Google Chromebook laptops isn’t a new concept. On a limited trial basis Google has been providing some of the Android apps like Vine, Evernote and Duolingo on Chrome OS since 2014. But with the ability to directly install apps from the Google Play Store will be a big boost for Chromebook users.

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