You can use your Android apps in Chrome OS


It has long been speculated that eventually you will be able to use your Android apps from within Chrome OS. Somewhere in August, Android apps actually became available in Chrome OS if you upgraded to the Chrome OS beta version. If you have been dying to use your nifty Android apps in your Chrome OS laptop but you’re not crazy about using some beta version of the operating system, there is a good news for you. Google has released a stable version of Chrome OS that can use the beta version of the Google Play Store (you still cannot escape from the beta).

The ability to use Android apps in Chrome OS isn’t available in every Chromebook. Right now you can use Android apps in Chrome OS only in two varieties of Chromebook, namely Acer Chromebook R11 and Asus Chromebook Flip, according to this Chrome OS blog update.

Chromebooks are available from different companies including Acer, HP, Lenovo, Samsung as well as Asus but the ability to use Android apps in Chrome OS isn’t yet available to every Chromebook. The speculation is that within a couple of months every Chromebook should be able to run Android apps.

Why would you run your Android apps in Chrome OS? Simply because people would like to use their mobile apps on their laptops for whatever reason. Mostly it would be for playing games, but there are lots of productivity apps that people would love to use on a bigger screen. Although Android apps can be used on smartphones as well as tablets with equal ease, using them on a laptop screen, or even on a computer screen, would be a totally different experience, especially when working with word processing documents and Excel sheets. Besides, both Android and Chrome OS come from Google so the company would like people to be able to use apps interchangeably, ultimately, enabling people to use Android apps in Chrome OS and Chrome OS apps in Android, without much modification.

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