Thursday, May 19, 2016

Android apps are definitely coming to a Chromebook and ChromeOS near you

The Google I/O 2016 opening keynote yesterday failed to address anything related to Chrome OS, which came as a bit of a surprise. But the developer’s conference will continue for the next few days, and, with it, fresh news on Google’s various platforms is starting to crop up. Thursday, we finally learned a bit more about Chrome OS.

According to a description for a developer event later today, Google is set to add support for Android apps and the Google Play Store to Chrome OS. Here’s a brief description of the developer session, as spotted by 9to5Google:

Today we announced that we’re adding the best mobile app experiences in the world, Android apps and the Google Play store, to the best browser in the world, Chrome! Come to this session and test your Android apps for Chrome OS. You will get hands on help from our friendly engineers on how to optimize your Android app for Chromebooks. Oh, and we will also be giving the first 50 developers to show up a free Chromebook so they can get a head start bringing their apps to Chrome!

Google still hasn’t quite announced these plans, so the description is a bit confusing. Perhaps we’ll learn a bit more about how this all works later today.

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