Here’s how simple it is to run Android apps on your Chromebook

Rumours around Google merging Chrome OS and Android have persisted for years, but at this year’s Google I/O keynote it was finally confirmed to be true. At some point in the future, your Google Chromebook will be able to run Android apps as standard, increasing the potential of your Chromebook exponentially.

But how does Android app support really work? And is it something that’s actually worthwhile pursuing?

During a developer session at Google I/O, Google’s Chrome OS team shed some light on the matter by demoing how the Play Store integrates with Chromebook.

Generally, the process seems reasonably seamless – as you’d hope it would be. Android is easily able to share files between apps and there’s offline support too so you can use many more features of your Chromebook without the need for an internet connection. You can even run games on it too, providing your machine is powerful enough/has touch capabilities.

It’s worth bearing in mind that the demo shown on stage is clearly running on a machine that’s more than capable enough to run Android apps smoothly. It’s unclear exactly what Chromebook it is, but chances are it’s a Pixel 2. Lower-end Chromebooks may not be as a slick at handling both OSes, but the onstage demo certainly helps alleviated many worries around Chrome OS and Android integration.

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