Chrome OS users might soon be able to install Android apps into SD cards. This will be possible if an Android feature, “Adoptable Storage” makes it to Chrome OS. According to 9to5Google, Google is currently considering this feature addition.
This feature is still being considered. The current status of the tracker bug is “Unconfirmed”. Here is how the bug explains this feature:
Android has a feature called Adoptable Storage (https://source.android.com/devices/storage/adoptable ) but currently the feature is not supported on Chrome OS. This bug is for tracking the feature.
Because of the lack of the feature, Chrome OS users cannot install apps to their sdcard. Apps that support downloading their contents for offline use tend to require the feature when changing the download destination to sdcard, and such apps’ download feature might not fully work on Chrome OS.
Just to set expectations, we currently don’t have a concrete plan for implementing this. Android’s recommendation (CDD) is to implement adoptable storage in a long-term stable location since accidentally disconnecting them can cause data loss/corruption, but the majority of Chromebooks don’t have such a location unfortunately.
From the way it looks, Google is interested in bringing this feature to Chrome OS. However, there are technical hurdles that they will have to resolve.
It will be interesting to see how the team will implement this feature. Will this be an Android only feature or Chrome OS system feature. If it is going to be a Chrome OS system-wide feature, then Google will have to consider making it available to Linux apps too.
For older Chromebooks with limited storage, this will be a good feature to have!