Google Play Store for Chromebooks is Official.
“So, we’re bringing Google Play (the most popular app store in the world) to Chromebooks. This means you’ll be able to download and use Android apps, so you can make a Skype call, work with Office files and be productive offline — or take a break with games like Minecraft, Hearthstone or Clash of Clans. The same apps that run on phones and tablets can now run on Chromebooks without compromising their speed, simplicity or security. “
Interestingly, today is day two of the 2016 Google I/O developer’s conference, and so far nothing has been said about Google Play coming to Chromebooks. Rest assured, if anything is mentioned it will be covered here at Chrome Story.
Some important tidbits from the official Chrome blog announcement:
“Google Play will start rolling out in the developer channel with M53 on the ASUS Chromebook Flip, the Acer Chromebook R 11 and the latest Chromebook Pixel.”
Google has been “working with [their] partners to launch some great new devices specially designed for Play.”
Google will be keeping an updated list of supported devices here.
Absent from the blog post is any sort of technical details regarding exactly how Android apps are being brought to Chrome OS. The most likely guess is that they’re being brought over the same way a small handful of Android apps have already been ported to Chrome OS, that is App Runtime for Chrome. But who knows.
I’m particularly curious about something Google did talk about at the I/O Keynote yesterday, called Android Instant Apps. Is this something that will also be available on Chromebooks?
There are still a lot of questions yet to be answered. I’ll be sure to keep you updated as I learn anything.
In the meantime, I’m curious, what Android apps would you love to see working on your Chromebook?
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