Last month, a Chrome OS user was briefly presented with the option to enable Android app support on their device, suggesting that Google was planning to enable Android apps on its laptop and desktop platform. Today that feature has been confirmed.
The Google I/O 2016 schedule today included a session that revealed that Android apps and the Google Play Store are coming to Chrome OS. The session is scheduled for tomorrow, so it looks like Google will officially announce the news then. And while the session has since been removed from Google’s I/O schedule — probably because it didn’t intend for this news to get out early — the folks from 9to5Google saved the session description before it was removed:
"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 Play is home to more than one million Android apps, so support for Google Play on Chrome OS will give users a ton of new applications to play with. It’s unclear if the feature will actually launch to users tomorrow or if Google is simply making an announcement, but the good news is that with the session taking place tomorrow, all will be revealed soon.
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