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The Google Play Store Is Coming to Chromebooks

'Over a million apps and games' will be available on your Chromebook.

chrome apk tileIf you have a good memory you might just be able to recall ARC apps, Google’s (rather muted) initiative to get Android apps running on Chrome OS¹.

The ARC project brought us Vine and Viber, Evernote, a PDF editor and, er, a cooking social network. A bunch of other, lesser-known Android apps were also welcomed in to the Chrome Web Store.

Over the past year or so the ARC project has appeared dead. Promised apps like Flipboard, Kindle and others never arrived. From looking at the Chrome Web Store you’d conclude the project had hit a dead end.

Yup, it’s official: Google Play is coming to Chromebooks. Learn more in this Google blog post.

But it turns out there’s a reason why so few Android apps have been added to the Chrome Web Store.

It’s because Google Play is coming to Chromebooks.

Via Reddit

Google Play Store on Chromebooks

You’ve got to love Reddit, because it’s there that this potentially awesome news bite surfaced.

Redditor TheWiseYoda uncovered up some recent code that adds a new ‘Enable Android Apps to run on your Chromebook’ option to Chrome OS settings.

Nothing hugely new there, you might think. After all, the ARC app project was announced ages ago, and there’s an Android apps section on the Chrome Web Store.

But inside the code commit is something new: reference to the Google Play Store.

Enable Android Apps to run on your Chromebook …Google Play Store – Over a million apps and games now available on your Chromebook.

The Google Play Store? Oh yes!

The code references a new option that will appear in the Settings section of Chrome OS. When turned on it lets you install Android apps on Chromebook from the Google Play Store.

You will have to “opt in” and agree to Google Play Terms and Services, but after this the complete Google Play Store, and more than ‘a million apps and games’, or so says the code reference, will be available to you on your Chromebook.

No more waiting for a wave of (largely mediocre) apps to be uploaded to the Chrome Web Store! 

This feature could be something Google is planning to announce at Google I/O — and is likely to be part of its effort to keep Chrome OS attractive (and relevant) to users in the face of multi-window, desktop-style features arriving in Android N.

But it’s also possible that not every Chromebook currently available will support this, as some older, lower-powered Chromebooks struggle to run the Android Apps for Chrome that are already available — and some cannot run them at all.

Excited?

¹ ARC apps could also run on Windows, Mac and Linux 

  • The ARC project also let you run Android Apps in native Chrome Browser on Windows/Mac :P I wonder if this will let you do the same.

    • Probably not. And I hope not.

      • Ezra Sharp

        Why not? That’d be pretty awesome :) SnapChat on the Desktop ftw :P

        • W.G.

          It would further help Chromebook adoption. Chrome OS is still a niche product in the consumer market.

        • I thought like you in the past, but W.G answered your question for me. Also, snapchat would be available on desktop, but on Chrome OS only probably.
          Running Android apps antively will be a big selling point for Chromebooks.

    • Roberto Gargiulo

      Really? I can’t do that as of now on my Windows 10 laptop.

      • Ezra Sharp

        Here’s the Periscope APK running on my Windows 7 PC right now, no reason it shouldn’t work on Windows 10. Fully functional.

      • Ezra Sharp

        Here’s the Periscope APK running on my Windows 7 PC right now, no reason it shouldn’t work on Windows 10. Fully functional. :)

  • wow, finally! this is gonna be cool.

  • Cristian Otegui

    Una gran noticia

  • Noah Cezario

    hope my old samsung cb be able to run =(

    • Andrew Emerson

      Haha no it won’t. You can’t even run Chromecast.

      • Mark Kalinsky

        You could always try CloudReady

      • Noah Cezario

        that’s sad =(

      • Samuel Horne

        What do you mean? I have a Samsung Series 550 that can cast a tab.

        • Andrew Emerson

          OP referred to the old samsung chromebook aka the arm version. I had it and you couldn’t cast anything.

          • Sam Garesche

            I have a Samsung xe303 I can tab cat or screen cat into m tv

  • Lou G

    I have an Acer Aspire C710. I’m crossing my fingers and toes..cause well..Hearthstone! and PocketCasts! and..umm…hearthstone!

    • scott

      I still have my modded c710, this would be just Hearthstoneously good. ;)

      • Lou G

        Mine is unmodded. I get so nervous about the idea of taking it a part to install GalliumOS

        • scott

          I haven’t removed the jumper for a Seabios boot. Just upgraded the ssd and increased the ram. Then crouton’d a Linux.

  • Well whoops, I just… installed coreboot BIOS on mine.

  • I put the 128 GB SSD into my HP Chromebook 14 just in time. Standard 16 GB would be not enough for a capacious Android apps :)

    • Tomfoolery

      It’s kind of ridiculous how little storage Chromebooks come with these days. When I can get an iPhone with 128GB (not that I would), there should be at least some Chromebooks with comparable SSD space on the market.

      • Morten Ulv

        Well, I’ve never put any files on my Chromebook, if you look away from Crouton, which most people wont use. Now however, I hope they let us integrate SD cards like in Marshmallow.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      You’re lucky you can upgrade the SSD then. AFAIK not many Chromebooks possess this kind of an advatnage

  • scott

    Just got the Dell 13 i5 touch, synchronous joy perhaps?
    I do so hope so!

  • yannay752

    woohoo

  • Mehmed

    I’m really not sure if Chrome OS is dying or not.
    Maybe this is something like we’ll be merging Chome OS so much into Android that you will feel well with Android N (or even O) when ChromeOS will not be available anymore.

  • Mehmed

    New Chromebooks should at least have
    Cortex A72, Mongoose, Kryo or Intel Goldmont.

    I do hope to get an Apollo Lake or something else.

  • hzd

    Ah the Google gods finally heard our cries, about bloody time ! The beginning of a new ChromeOS age is apon us !

    ChromeOS will finally be a force to be reckoned with along side windows / Linux and OSX !

    • christer247

      Chrome OS runs the Linux kernel, so technically it is Linux, isn’t it? But yeah, Chrome OS has been my wet dream for years now. But it’s just not there app-wise yet. Maybe the time has finally come :)

  • SuperMegaFunGamer

    Yes! Awesome!

    • SuperMegaFunGamer

      Thanks! This is so awesome :D im trying to get a video of me doing it!

  • Carsten

    Got one today just for this news!

  • lukasyno

    I’m curious if my 2015 4GB HP Chromebox will receive that update also… goin’ to test it later today! I’ll give U a hint if so

    • lukasyno

      yeaaah… can’t see the update :( does anyone of U guys found it on Chromebox device? or it’s not supported at all?

      • hwertz

        I don’t know what you mean by “can’t see the update”. Please read the article fully; per the article, there is NOT an update enabling this…. per the article, someone noticed the Android/Google Play setting showed in the current ChromeOS (“Current” here meaning the version developers are working on, not a release version available for any device.) Patience, the best comes to those who wait! 8-)

        I’m excited though, I’ve got Ubuntu on my (Tegra K1 ARM-based) Acer Chromebook 13, running of an SDCard. I like ChromeOS but found the number of apps available for it limiting and mostly run Ubuntu right now; I’d really use ChromeOS quite a bit if it had some Android apps on it!

        • lukasyno

          Got that! I’ve incorrectly taken that as a classy update… if U say that the best comes to those, who wait – definitely need to become one to those :)
          My hp Chromebox is a device supporting the TV to watch some vids, music etc. Android apps support would highly increase its usage!
          My prior device is hp laptop running Ubuntu.

          Cheers for your help!

  • My Pixel and I are poised to take advantage!

  • Degru

    If this lets me run full (mobile) Office on a Chromebook, count me in. I’m also hoping this feature comes to CloudReady, because I might just reinstall that on my secondary laptop.

    • It will. But you will have to be a Office 365 subscriber, because of the bigger screen. It is a Microsoft requirement.

      • Degru

        Not a problem since I already have one.

  • ChrisGX

    It is good to see the first signs of the true meaning behind the deeply confused report, from late last year, about Android swallowing up and replacing Chrome OS. Since the move away from the Dalvik VM to the ART runtime on Android, a fundamental change that opens up various possibilities for the future direction of development of Android, some kind of convergence between Android and Chrome OS has seemed possible, even likely.

    So the appearance of news that confirms that such a convergence is indeed under way (and which very likely draws on the securely contained app design approach already reshaping application development on Linux OS at large) is not a surprise. What is still unclear is whether there will be significant changes in the process of building Chrome OS apps as well. Will they begin to look more and more like Android apps or not? And will the reliance on browser extensions and the browser itself continue or just turn out to be an unnecessary limitation?

  • Biky Alex

    Why doesn’t Google make a ChromeOS skin for Android and install Android on their Chromebooks. I recently installed Kodi on my Android phone and it makes for a good desktop, so having something like a ChromeOS launcher on Android makes even more sense. Also, why port Android apps to ChromeOS when you can port Android to Chromebooks. I know ChromeOS should be more secure than Android and has some syncing features better than Android’s, but I don’t think it’s impossible to add them in Android.

    Well, Google is Google, we can’t just give them feedback and expect them to do what we say.

    • ChrisGX

      At a deep level Android and Chrome OS are more or less the same – both are based on the Linux kernel. So porting Android specific code to Chrome OS, i.e. ART and Android libraries, shouldn’t be hard. Also, it appears that ‘Material Design’, amongst other things, is meant drive a convergence in look and feel across all of Google’s apps and systems so there may not be any need for skinning.

    • Ryan Karolak

      That’s basically what Jibe’s Remix OS is – An Android system with a Chrome OS-like interface with multitasking and windows support so it’s more friendly to use on laptops and desktops. I wouldn’t be surprised if Chrome OS continues to move in this direction.

      • Biky Alex

        There are a lot of these initiatives, Remix OS and Phoenix OS being the most known, but I don’t trust them. Google is already enough of a privacy intruder, but at least they have so many people that it’s almost impossible for a human to look at your data, while these small groups’ mods aren’t that popular and they could potentially spy on users data. So if Google would do this officially and mutate ChromeBooks to AndroidBooks, it’d be somewhat safer.

    • Andrew Gryaznov

      These are completely different systems: Android runs on a [J]VM, with apps and system being written in java-style language, while Chrome OS is completely in Javascript and HTML, and greatly benefits from integration with the web (like apps and extensions streaming JS code/fonts from the web). That also means, that Chrome OS is at least a complete and full-featured desktop web browser while Android does not feature any desktop-quality like browser experience. Also, it is rumored that we’ve reached the ‘peak smartphone’ and app ecosystem is outdated, as everything is moving to the cloud. I like the idea of running more stuff on a chromebook but android apps is just not a killer feature, not anymore.

      • Biky Alex

        I agree, many apps are outdated / not maintained anymore and to be fair, I wasn’t even using more than 20 apps that I keep on all my phones. I almost never check Google Play, just to update the apps and that’s all.

        I like that Google is considering to implement Swift into Android, it would be great if we will get rid of the VM part of the apps. Native will always be better, even if VM and HTML apps will get close to Native.

        Also, isn’t Chrome OS now compatible with Google Play store? I’m not sure where I heard, but it should be able to run JVM apps (or did I just dreamed or what?).

        • Andrew Gryaznov

          It has some partial unofficial support to execute vm code, and there are third party apps like twerk to convert android apps to chrome apps (which run in Windows same way) but support is very incomplete with rare apps actually usable.

          But you should try living in the web first to understand why apps or “native code” are irrelevant: there are no “updates”, cloud apps are so lightweight that there is even no “install” – you just instantly get the work done using latest top tools. Zero waiting time is a killer. And ES6 and modern standards are a heaven for developers.

  • brmbrmcar

    Oh yes!

  • TheSpaceUnicorn

    I’d love it if the play store also came to windows 10 via the chrome browser.

    • systemBuilder

      I think ChromeOS needs the feature sooner (and more desperately) than windows

      • TheSpaceUnicorn

        I agree ChromeOS needs it much more than Windows does, but I use Windows and will likely never get a Chromebook, unless by some miracle Adobe CC comes to ChromeOS and not just through streaming.

        The Surface getting access to the Play Store would be a game changer imo as I wouldn’t have to debate between whether to get an Android tablet just for content consumption or a Surface just for content creation, but rather I could just get a Surface for both.

        • Ryan Karolak

          You can use the current methods to run (some) Android apps in Chrome with Windows 10. Of course, it’s not exactly as straight forward and nice as having the Play store installing the apps for you.

          I agree that having easy access to the Play Store and Android apps could be significant, especially for those who use Android phones or tablets as their main computing devices… Just install Chrome and log in and you have many of your Android apps on that computer.

          • TheSpaceUnicorn

            I was thinking more for the surface than any laptop or desktop as I doubt I’d ever use Android apps on either of those things. Although have in the play music and play movies apps for offline playback would be really nice on a computer.

            Battery life and app support are the only things preventing the surface from being the best tablet on the market imo, and Google Play coming to Chrome would instantly sokve one of those 2 issues.

  • Yvan Philogène

    This code discovery is definitely exciting if it gets confirmed and demoed at Google IO in May.

    I don’t think that Google will propose something half-baked as a check-box option in the Chrome OS parameter page. So, it has to be a fully compatible integration of the Play Store within the system. It would mean that ARC will no longer be in BETA when this option is released.

    At first, I was wondering whether the vet first generations of Chromebooks would be able to handle this. Have they got enough RAM or SSD space to handle games from the Play Store?

    But in the end, this question can also be asked about the first generations of Android devices. Some Android apps can’t work on the HTC G1 and it will be the same on the first Samsung and Acer Chromebooks.

    However, even on the latest Chromebooks, there is still no more than 16Gb of SSD, which is maybe an issue if you want install a lot of games and big apps. I was wondering whether Google was working on streaming Android apps because of this potential issue, but it won’t fix the offline problematic. Anyway, most (all?) Chromebooks come with an SD card slot, so I imagine that at some point, it will be possible to manage disk space just as we do on Android device.

    At last, I’m now strongly expecting a Pixel C running on Chrome OS. With the UI of Chrome now ready for “hybrid mode” and the Play Store integrated, let me believe that this dream is not so stupid.

    • What are you on about? The first gen Chromebooks are much more powerful than first-gen Android devices.

      • Yvan Philogène

        You’re right. I just mean that at some point, we can’t expect all Android Apps to work on all Chromebooks.

  • Daniel Thursfield

    This is really nice to see! Use my Chromebook more or less as my daily driver. Not often I boot up my Windows PC since I got the Chromebook. So being able to use the Android Apps I already use on my Phone on the laptop as well is a dream come true!

  • Jelle S

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i like it!

    • JR89

      this comment stretched the page. : no side scrolling pls :

      • This is probably a slight bug with Disqus. They just need to work on word-wrapping.

        CC: @danielha:disqus

  • juanjeremy2012

    Does this make it more vulnerable to viruses I don’t know why people even care about apps I prefer the website because you can use incognito mode

    • Feio

      just use web interface apps.

      • juanjeremy2012

        You mean mobile Internet why does nteverybody do that I dont know why they need apps

        • Degru

          Because apps provide more functionality and more access to the hardware, more offline features, and better performance. Web apps still haven’t caught up.

  • Mi Pen

    Well, I want android apps mostly for skype and gaming. Gaming would push Chrome into the higher end markets and make higher spec Chromebooks more profitable due to increased sales.

  • I managed to find the extension IDs for both an in-development version of ARC and the ARC Play Store hiding within a source file named "arc_auth_service.cc" in the Chrome OS source code, and the Chrome OS Canary builds also have an “ARC Version” section of the “chrome://chrome” page (blank for now), which seems to suggest that when this does go public, ARC will no longer be an extension but an integral part of Chrome OS, similar to what the Cast extension and Crosh are today.

    • Michael Sackett

      Great find!

    • Eduardo Pelaez

      This means that Android apps won’t be able to run background processes in a Chromebook, correct?

      • What made you jump to that conclusion? ARC currently allows the exact opposite of what you’re suggesting (namely, that they can indeed run in the background without a problem), and whether ARC is a Web Store extension or a built-in extension has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not apps can run in the background.

        • Eduardo Pelaez

          The rumored Chrome OS/Android merger. I really don’t want that too happen, just asking…

          • Ah, good point. Autodetecting whether phone or Chromebook and only disabling background processes *if* on a phone (where battery life would be adversely affected) would be a much better idea IMO, but that probably won’t happen until next year as the rumors suggest.

          • Stellanatus

            I need it to happen. I don’t own a tablet I cant afford it. My Chrome Flip tablet is the ultimate for school but I need some android apps like uber/lyft & microsoft office (my college hates my google docs). Theres some android games id like to play as well :P

          • dave

            What about Office online? Libre Office in Ubuntu in a chroot? A core2duo off ebay running Linux Mint with Office 2010 in Wine for $50 or under? You’d have to be majorly poor or majorly tech challenged to not be able to come up with a solution to all your problems.

    • ChrisGX

      As you seem to be following developments with ARC I would appreciate your thoughts on a matter that I have found perplexing. First, isn’t Google’s commitment to Android, i.e. ART and the Android libraries, something that Google can’t vary, even as other technical commitments may vary, owing to the enormous value that the Android ecosystem represents to Google and upon which its future success depends? So, if Google is indeed moving Android apps to Chrome OS isn’t the use of ARC + NaCl kind of redundant when all that is necessary is the porting of the ART runtime and relevant Android libraries to Chrome OS? And, as ART and these libraries are already running on Linux – Android itself is just a combination of Linux, the Android libraries and ART – wouldn’t porting them to Chrome OS, which is also based on Linux, be straightforward? I am wondering about both the necessity and preferability of ARC in contrast to ART in the mooted changes to Chrome OS, if that makes sense.

      • dnice

        I think @strawn_04:disqus is a Google enthusiast who’s misguided and is in no way an authority of the direction of Google Chromebooks or Android. He’s basing HIS theory off of some ARC code string he found in Chrome’s patch notes. Android is built off of Java, C and C++. He told me that he’s developed for Google Chromebooks on devkits that were sent to Chrome OS developers on December 2010. The Cr-48 chromebook by Google codenamed Mario was never sold in stores.

        • ChrisGX

          The Google IO announcement has already been made. It puts an end to all theories. Once the forthcoming Chrome OS changes are implemented, normal versions of Android apps will be able to run on Chrome OS after a normal download and installation from the Play Store. This is made possible by deploying and running the Android Framework itself in a Linux container. I can’t see how anyone would be unhappy with this.

          • dnice

            I never persecuted Kenny on what ever ambition he has. Things that he felt he was educating me and others on this article is what spurned me to correct his misunderstandings. You are directing your comments to the wrong person. What we know now as Google I/O ’16 concluded is what I contended from the start of this article. He presented theories that Google did not address at I/O. His responses to me were incorrect and I used facts and Chrome/Android’s roadmap to rebuke those misgivings.

          • ChrisGX

            You could understand if I felt disinclined to buy into a dispute between other commenters here. I assure you I closely read what you and Kenny were saying and weighed things up for myself – that’s normal, I think. Also, you weren’t alone in anticipating a different approach to Android app compatibility than that (quite reasonably) outlined by Kenny. If you carefully read my comments you will notice that I too saw the possibility of another (and better, in my view) way. Prior to the announcement, though, none of knew which way this thing would go.

  • Ryan Karolak

    I wonder how well this will run on my old Samsung ARM notebook.

    I also have the original Pixel, but I’ve re-flashed the ROM and have been using it as a Linux machine a long time ago.

  • HarryWarden

    OT but why did the Google Store stop selling the 8 GB RAM version of the 2015 Pixel? There is a message to that effect on the store. The 16 GB RAM version, which I own, is still for sale. Wonder why they reduced to one model?

    • Scott Gibbs

      My guess is it’s one of two things: they’re working on a new Pixel and trying to run out the stock of the 2015 model; or they’ve decided to get out of the hardware game for Chrome OS, at least for now. I read they worked with HP on the new HP Chromebook 13, so maybe they’re partnering with companies now instead of releasing it on their own. But again, I’m just guessing.

  • Aquino Tegar

    such a great feature, i wonder when will the chromebook officially available in my country…

  • Bruce the Moose

    Maybe also put proper Google Chrome on Android, not the crappy Chrome from the Play Store, essentially merging the 2 OSes

    • Actually would be easier just to scale Chrome OS down to the phone form factor and replace Android with it at this point — when everything that currently only runs Android is ported in one fell swoop to Chrome OS, it would be pointless to continue Android development. Basically what we have here is a complete 180 from last fall’s WSJ reports, where Chrome OS, not Android, is what everything is “folded” into. Instead of having a pair of 2017 Nexus phones, we’d have a pair of Chromephones.

      • dnice

        ?!? Chrome OS is getting the attention because Google is making Chromebook widely available to educators and students in ALL levels of education. Do a little history and understand the marketplace before you make a comment like that. Google has gone down in a submarine last year and we know the next iteration of Nexus is going to be N, HTC is making the Nexus Phone and Huawei is making a Nexus 7″ tablet possibly called Nexus 7X & 7P(‘X’ being the core of the ‘Nexus’ brand, and ‘P’ being ‘Premium’). Google I/O ’16 is next week May 18-20 so lets just see. And for the record, Android dates back to 2008 which was before Chrome OS( 2011). Google decided to expand to a laptop because of driver issues that plagued Linux and they were able to keep the Chrome OS distro lightweight so it does not need a huge CPU, 2 gigabytes of RAM or a GPU.

        • 2010 in the case of the Cr-48 “test pilot” Chromebook, which I happened to have one of, and the open source version (Chromium OS) was actually released, as raw source code, in 2009 for anyone to compile and install (which I have in fact done with the Acer AOA110-1545 netbook that I had at the time). So you’ve got the timing of Chrome OS off by two years.

          Also, the very first pre-release of Android was released in 2007, for the record, even though it wasn’t on any hardware until 2008, which means that your timing regarding Android is also off.

          These, however, are red herrings with regard to what OS will be “folded” into what. Quoting Hiroshi Lockheimer, “Chrome OS is here to stay”, but Hiroshi did not say the same about Android, did he? Therefore, Chrome OS is here to stay, but Android isn’t. Since the original rumor specifically mentioned 2017 as the time of the merge, then N is the last release of Android as a separate OS before it’s folded into Chrome OS instead of Android O being released. Heck, I’m sure releasing factory images of this version of Chrome OS for phones, Play Store and ARC included, for Nexus devices at I/O 2017 to ease the transition is definitely something to consider here.

          • ChrisGX

            I don’t think there is currently any threat of either Chrome OS or Android disappearing from the scene. The only question is how are the two systems to be aligned, and pretty much everyone is guessing some sort of realignment is on the cards. Google I/O will presumably tell all. In the meantime it is fair to ask what Anroid applications coming to Chrome OS really implies. Will Chrome OS just inherit the ability to run Android apps but additionally be able to do a lot of other things in a more characteristically Chrome OS way? Or, will ‘Android’ become the preferred (i.e. universal) application environment for both systems? Indeed, those two directions of development are not polar opposites and Chrome OS could serve as an Android platform for most users but still have all of the Linux based goodness on tap for power users.

          • dnice

            What are you talking about? The topic here is that the Google Play Store apps libraries will now be used instead of chrome store extensions. By your avatar pic, you look to be 20, so I seriously doubt that Google and Sundar Pichai depended on you at the age of 13/14 to build Chrome OS for them. We don’t need a quote from some random theorist in Lockheimer on Chrome OS staying around. This quarter alone Chromebooks have outsold Macbooks and Google has decided to dedicate itself to the classroom. Android is NOT FOLDING INTO CHROME OS!!! You’re either TROLLIN’ or don’t understand the information you’re getting. The challenge ahead for Chromebooks to have access to the Google Play Apps is that developers need to optimize their apps for laptops in landscape mode, something they have not done for Android Tablets in 4 years.

          • You’ve got my age 3 years off. I’m 23 as of April 14, not 20, for starters. Secondly, testers don’t have to also be developers. I was a tester back in 2009 and 2010, but not a developer until much later. Third, you again have your whole scheme backwards, and forth, “ALL CAPS” and exclamation points are incriminating evidence of who is the real troll here. Come back to this conversation when you can actually keep your cool, because the irony in you accusing me of trolling is you are actually acting like a troll by screaming your head off at me with your keys.

            Now back to the topic: have you actually tried downloading, compiling, and running the source code” on a Linux machine, then proceeding to install the resulting image? Because THAT is what I was talking about when I mentioned 2009, when I would have been 16. Chrome OS has been around a full 2 years longer than your initial estimate.

          • dnice

            The CR-48 was never sent to Developers in November 2009 in developing and bug testing ChromeOS. Sundar Pichai demonstrated ChromeOS and the CR-48 Chromebook (what he created and developed) on November 19, 2009 and later released it (ChromeOS) for trial and testing on February of 2011 for developers to test on their own personal Netbooks. It (ChromeOS) was released to the public on May 20, 2012 and Acer & Samsung developed Chromebooks for it, thus why I find it insulting that you’re telling me that at the age of 16 that Sundar or someone on his team needed you to help “TEST” ChromeOS (Sundar’s project) back in 2009/2010 when it was not yet available to people who did not work for Google. I have no problem with you or what you’re opinion is, but when you put your opinion out for public consumption expect it to be weighed, measured and judged. That’s how you gain credibility. Your opinion was not the topic of this article, “Google Play Store Coming to Chromebooks”. You went on to say ChromeOS came before Android in the comment by Andrew Gryaznov earlier in this comments section as he was hoping that Google would put ChromeOS on smartphone, you picked the ball up and ran with it, Great! If you develop for Android or ChromeOS, then you should know Google’s road map in development and what is priority.

          • They didn’t “need” me, I just downloaded and compiled the source code for the third time! It was actually December 2010 that the Cr-48 was announced, and wasn’t until March 2011 that I actually got one, but I used an Acer Aspire One AOA110-1545 netbook (which I compiled *and* ran Chromium OS — yes, the open source version of Chrome OS — on) as the test device between November 2009, when the code was open-sourced, and December 2010, when the Cr-48 was released. You’re telling me that I do not have the roadmap correct when the irony is that your roadmap is a whole order of magnitude more incorrect still, since you assume that the Cr-48 and the source code were released at the same time, when the reality is that Chrome OS was actually open-sourced 13 months *before* the Cr-48 was announced, not to mention 16 months before I got my Cr-48. Clearly this is a “pot calling the kettle black” type of accusation.

          • dnice

            Dude, you’re just yammering, everything you’re saying answers absolutely nothing. If you worked for Google 7 years ago at the age of 16 and even closer to Sundar then why do I not see you on personnel? The CR-48 was never for sale. Google & Sundar did not release ChromeOS for help in 2009 or 2010. Sundar demonstrated ChromeOS on November 19, 2009 using the Development kit CR-48. Acer & Samsung made the 1st Chromebooks from public use on May 11, 2011. Another issue I have now with you is that if you were instrumental in ChromeOS incubation, don’t see you mentioned on any team that was working at that time. Second, it was in Alpha in Dec 2010. Fire Testing didn’t happen until January 2011. Your dates you’re trying to show me up on are not correct.

          • ChrisGX

            Look, you may not feel you are doing anything wrong here, but you are hurling accusations based on a misreading of what Kenny said – he didn’t make a claim to be a Google employee at all! Anyway, all of this is completely unrelated to Chrome OS and Android today.

          • dnice

            Read his comments directed at me. He’s talking from a place of authority on claiming theories that he pulled code for ChromeOS 7 years ago. The hyperlink he just dropped today is widely available to anybody. He’s the one making up fantastical stories.

          • ChrisGX

            Well source was in circulation by 2009 (and perhaps earlier). Search on “Chromium OS – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia” and you will see that hackers were already producing binary builds (from Chromium OS source then in circulation) by late 2009.

            I am not going to leave this post up but I think it is time to stop.

          • You’re the one who is again failing to admit that CHROME OS IS FREE AND OPEN SOURCE like all mainline Linux distributions. Ubuntu is developed in the open. Fedora is developed in the open. Android is developed in the open. So too is Chrome OS developed in the open. I was not a Google employee in 2009, of course not, but the point is that I did not have to be a Google employee in order to test Chrome OS because, again, that’s when the first open source Chrome OS code was released to the public. Either quit it with the open source denial, or you are the one who is “yammering”.

          • ChrisGX

            Anyone interested in the history of Chomium OS could consult the articles returned by searches with the following search terms “Chromium OS – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia” and “The secret origins of Google’s Chrome OS ZDNet”. The articles confirm that Chromium OS source was in circulation by late 2009 and that the OS had a prehistory inside Google spanning several years before the source code was released publicly.

  • Andrew Gryaznov

    Where is my Chrome OS smartphone?

    • dnice

      Are you serious? Google Android phone released in January 2010 which later got Froyo 2.2 in May 2010 and in 2013 we got the Nexus line of smartphones. Google started the Chromium OS project in 2009 but we didn’t see Chromebooks until Google I/O 2011. This is the basis why Apple says that Android is FRAGMENTED! No cohesiveness. Chrome OS is an imitation of Android on a low powered desktop/laptop.

      • Andrew Gryaznov

        Apple is dying. Updates are past, apps do not appeal anymore. Messenger bots, cloud, intelligent agents and VR are the future. Try these to feel it :)

        • dnice

          Exactly, I heard Google will be possibly be unveiling a standalone VR Headset next week at I/O.

        • bananakabob

          LOL. A billion dollar company – and the world’s most valuable one – is dying. Okay…

          And none of those things are the “future”, they’re terrible gimmicky niches.

          • Andrew Gryaznov

            When you tell something is a “future” and it turns out to be wrong – people will say, uh, you were mistaken at some point. But when you make fun of the trends and it turns out to be the next big thing – they will laugh at you…

        • AJE

          Apple is not dying. How ridiculous to speculate like that. You have no idea what Apple is or is not working on. Never and I mean never count Apple out.

      • Naheel Azawy

        Android started in September 23, 2008. Chrome OS is based on Linux not Android.
        Google is just adding the Android runtime to Chrome OS so that you can run Android apps on Chrome OS.

        • dnice

          Naheel, I never said anything about Android was based off ChromeOS, Andrew Gryaznov proposed a theory to have a smartphone based off of ChromeOS and not Android. My response to him is what you’re think you’re educating me on, that Google is making the Play Store available to Chromebooks by the 4th Quarter this year. There is no need to have ChromeOS on a smartphone.

        • ChrisGX

          Just for the record (but not to take issue with the point you are making) both Chrome OS and Android are based on Linux. That is why packaging up the Android Framework and runtime in a container for execution on Chrome OS is technically straightforward.

      • Douglas Anderson

        Fragmentation is an Apple inspired hoax. This fantastic news. Eventually Chrome could replace Android

    • aggelalex

      nope, Chrome OS is now based on android, not the other way around.

  • bananakabob

    The two people that actually care about Chromebooks will be happy I guess?

  • aggelalex

    How to enable this on my chromebook?

  • atc-tech

    Google I/O is happening and no mention of this. I bet it was a reddit hoax and is not happening.

    • Andrew Gryaznov

      They’ve announced “Instant Apps” – that is a “Knock-knock” at storage-less chromebooks, so after it lands into mainstream – having play store on a chromebook becomes absolutely possible. Maybe not just yet.

  • Robgeiger65

    Isn’t there a bigger potential market if Google does this right? If Google can make android apps run on a chromebook, then can they potentially make them run in chrome the browser itself?

    Just think: Android apps running on chrome running on chromebooks and windows and iOS.

    If (and that’s a big if) they could make this a good experience, then android could become the ultimate “Universal app store.”

    The potential is interesting.

  • brandall715

    my body is ready..

  • ChrisGX

    The implementation of Android apps on Chrome OS turns out not to be based on ARC but rather packages the Android Framework in a Linux container effectively running Android (i.e. with everything except the Linux kernel) as a protected application on Chrome OS that behaves just like the real thing and that calls on the Chrome OS kernel (per the modern application container conventions) when kernel level services are required. Applications will open in their own windows in a multi-windowing UI, making Chrome OS more akin to a full strength version of Linux than the system we have known to this point.

    So, no need for ARC or NaCl. Whether these are dead or will live on to serve other purposes is an open question. The ars technica article explaining things does not fully explain everything – it is implied that where there are binary incompatibilities binary translation technology will take care of things but that sounds too optimistic. There will probably be some porting required not least of all in the container packaged Android Framework itself. Also, there will need to be an update of Chrome OS itself to pave the way for these changes.

  • ChrisGX

    Now that the (first part of) the realignment of Android and Chrome OS has been set in motion we can speculate about where all this may lead. The following is a partial list of possibilities that should not be taken as predictions.

    As Chrome OS will now employ the new and powerful style of packaging and executing programs in ‘containers’, why should this end with the Android framework and runtime? It could easily extend to:
    – running other Unix or Linux based environments (with all dependencies included), e.g. Ubuntu, in containers, too, as just another (albeit large) application that could be started (and stopped) from the Chrome OS UI without any need of having to deal with the inconveniences of developer mode or the Crouton program or face any security related issues of any consequence
    – running the many many useful applications (legacy Unix/Linux applications) that have been developed over recent decades that run natively on some variety of Unix or Linux
    – running the JVM, which is very important as a platform for server applications these days, and the many applications that depend on it by deploying everything necessary (i.e. OpenJDK) in a container

    Should any of these possibilities actually transpire, no doubt, the integration of Chrome OS and the mentioned systems and applications wouldn’t be as clean as for Android and Chrome OS but it would not be hard to get things to work. Cloud providers are hosting Linux on Linux every day. Traditionally this has been done on VMs but Google is leading the push to lightweight containers. Canonical also boasts about the ability of Ubuntu Core to provide alternate OS personalities and execution environments by running these in containers on its OS. None of this is beyond current technical capabilities but with Android apps running in addition to legacy Unix/Linux apps Chrome OS would have the enviable advantage that it has all bases covered. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if, in the coming years, the existing minimalist Chrome OS were to be complemented by another variant of the system for power users and developers. Google needs a Google branded software environment where all of its fancy new development tools can be put to work and that, additionally, will serve as a development lab to further refine those tools. Chrome OS could be that environment.

  • Bern White

    When will it come?

  • Mel Schmidt

    I thought it was already on my Chromebook.

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  • Larry Zhang

    I just don’t think it will actually matter too much because you have a lot of the apps readily available on the browser. For example, google drive and it’s entire suite is better on the browser version in almost every way. I guess inbox or gmail could be ok, it’s more of a convenience factor than a game changing factor. I guess if gaming is something people are into, this could be a big deal. I guess the convenience factor would be nice to say have an app that instantly goes and does it’s job vs opening a new tab. I think it’s kind of strange though to want to use an app when you have the full blown web version available. I’ll definitely use it when it comes, but I don’t think it’s truly game changing if your mindset is stuck in productivity (Microsoft Office Online > microsoft android apps).

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