Google has finally opened up the Chrome OS platform for all Android developers. So far, Google has been picking and choosing apps to port, but as of today, this is open for all developers.
According to Verge:
Chrome OS still isn’t really designed with touch in mind, but those touchscreen features should get a lot more use soon — Google says that as of today, any Android developer can start using the App Runtime for Chrome (still in beta). That means those developers will be able to port their Android apps right over to Chrome OS with minimal hassle, something Google first announced back at I/O last year.
Until now, though, Google has only let a handful of developers (including Evernote and Vine) launch their Android apps on Chrome. We should soon start to see a lot more Android apps running on Chrome OS, which will make the Flip’s touchscreen capabilities a lot more useful.
My wishlist is suddenly big. I definitely need Flipboard on my Chromebook, Google Play Books, of course. And WhatsApp if they allow it. It will be lovely to have Pocket Casts, Inbox, and few other Android apps that I use.
A Question about Paid Apps
Are we going to be able to download the apps that we purchased, without any additional cost? For example, I have purchased Picket Casts via Play Store, for my phone. Will I be able to download it an install on my Chromebook without any additional charge?
I hope yes. I will post an update as soon as I find out.
Thanks (again!) Craig Tumblison!