Android head Sundar Pichai promised we’d see Android apps running on Chrome OS, and we’re finally seeing what that future looks like. Duolingo, Evernote, and a few others have been made available, which take advantage of Google’s App Runtime for Chrome (beta). You essentially get the experience you would on your Android device, but modified slightly and optimized for your Chromebook. If executed properly, making Android apps available for Chrome OS will be a big boon for the platform, particularly in education sectors.
While there are only a handful of apps available now, Google has ambitions to create tools that will allow Android developers to easily port their apps to Chrome OS. The search giant says it will be working with a select group of Android developers over the coming months, so many more apps will be available down the road. More productivity apps, more creative apps, more social networks. You can actually suggest to Google which Android app you’d like to see on Chrome OS here.
There’s been a lot of support in the Chromebook community over the past several months, and it’s easy to see why. Although the experience is still limited compared to a Windows or Mac laptop, Chromebooks are growing in popularity because of their affordability and power; they make the perfect companion for students, especially for programs that otherwise couldn’t afford to purchase more powerful hardware.