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New evidence suggests Android apps coming to Chrome OS

by Brandon Russell | May 18, 2016May 18, 2016 4:40 pm PST

Though it wasn’t mentioned on stage at Google I/O, it looks like Chrome OS will indeed be able to run Android apps in the near future. Spotted by 9to5Mac, Google’s website briefly mentioned a developer session (the session has since been pulled) that will talk about how Chrome OS and Android will come together, with the Play Store and Android apps being the primary topic of discussion.

While all the big details are still unclear, Google encourages developers to use the session as a place to test their Android apps for Chrome OS, where Google engineers will be available to give pointers. Judging by the session’s description, it sounds like Google may have intended to talk about the merger on stage but ran out of time. Or, perhaps, decided to pull the functionality completely

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.

Because Google still has yet to officially acknowledge this as a feature, and because the session 9to5Mac links to makes no mention of Chrome OS, who knows what the search giant has planned.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...