First announced at Google I/O back in June, Google has finally rolled out limited support for Android apps running on Chrome OS. Support is only limited to four apps at the moment – Duolingo, Evernote, Sight Words, and Vine – but more apps are on the way soon.
This is all part of Google’s project called “App Runtime for Chrome (Beta),” in which Google has started working with a select group of Android developers to add their Android apps to Chrome OS, in order to create a more seamless experience between mobile and desktop computing experiences.
While it’s not quite possible for any Android app to run on Chrome OS automatically, Google is basically running the Android apps in a native client environment with little to no change to the underlying Android code. This means it’s incredibly easy for developers to make their apps Chrome OS-compatible, and this should open the door to a more widespread rollout in the near future. Unfortunately, this is Chrome OS-only – which means that Chromebooks can finally do something that Windows machines can’t. Ha!
In the meantime, users can still tell Google which Android apps they’d like to see on Chrome OS next.