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Google Play Store coming to Chrome OS

Android apps and Google Play Store now available on Chromebooks
Google Play Store on Chrome OS
Although Google is not merging Chrome OS and Android yet, they have just announced that Android apps and the Google Play Store are both coming to Chromebooks.

Bringing Chrome OS and Android together is not something new, as this move by Google has been in the rumor mill for a while now. Although they are not merging the two operating systems yet, it is good to see that Chromebooks finally get the Google Play Store and the ability to run Android apps on these portables, as well as on other devices that run Chrome OS.

According to a session description on the Google I/O 2016 website, the Google Play Store is coming to Chrome OS - "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."

To make the session even more interesting, the first 50 developers to attend will get a free Chromebook. Since the Google I/O annual developer conference unfolds as I write this, we should hear more about Android apps on Chrome OS pretty soon.


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Codrut Nistor, 2016-05-19 (Update: 2016-05-19)