Android has never been more popular than it is today, and soon you will be able to find Android apps running on your laptop.
To be fair, you already can run Android apps on your laptop if you run one of the many Android emulators out there today. However, all Chromebooks coming in 2017 will ship with the ability to run Android apps right out of the box and many existing Chromebooks will gain the ability via an update to Chrome OS.
“All Chromebooks launching in 2017 and after as well as [other Chromebooks]…will work with Android apps,” Google stated on its Chromium Projects page. The page also lists existing Chromebooks that will work with Android apps “at a time to be announced in the future.”
In a blog post last year, the company said, ““We’re bringing Google Play…to Chromebooks. This means you’ll be able to download and use Android apps, so you can make a Skype call, work with Office files…or take a break with games like Minecraft, Hearthstone or Clash of Clans. The same apps that run on phones and tablets can now run on Chromebooks without compromising their speed, simplicity or security.”
While we don’t have anything concrete at the moment, experts assume that this functionality will also be extended to the Chrome web browser as well. Once Google has everything in place, you could even be able to run your favorite Android apps right inside the Chrome browser.
As more and more companies release Chromebooks that are touch friendly, you can expect to see even more Android apps being used on the platform. In the past, the lack of touch friendly Chromebook designs had really discouraged a melding of the two platforms. However, over time, both Android and Chrome OS has evolved. Today, it makes much more sense to run Android on Chrome OS, and a unified platform has become one of Google’s main goals with both their operating systems.
More and more manufacturers are beginning to release new Chromebooks that are much more touch friendly. For example, Acer plans on releasing the Chromebook Spin 11. “The Chromebook Spin 11…will provide additional capabilities thanks to support for Android apps via the Google Play Store out-of-the-box,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday.
Lenovo also announced a new Chromebook as well, the N23 Yoga Chromebook. “The N23 Yoga version is the first Lenovo Chromebook equipped with an ARM-based processor, optimized to run the Google Play Store apps,” the company said in a blog post on Tuesday.
These won’t be the last Chromebooks to hit the market although there is no word on other machines as of yet from other companies. Keep in mind that the year is just beginning, so expect to see more big announcements concerning Chromebooks in the future.
What do you think? Do you like the idea of running Android apps on your laptop or do you think it is best suited for smartphones and tablets? Sound off your opinions in the comments below. Do you plan on trying Android on your laptop?