Google announced that Chrome OS is gaining Play Store support, making it possible for Chromebook owners to install and run Android apps. The Android apps will be able to run in three different window sizes on Chromebooks and will be compatible with the keyboard, mousepad, and touch input. As part of the announcement, Google also notes that Chromebooks will also be getting direct access to the Google Play Store as well; so users will also be able to access Google Play Movies, Music and Books.
As part of the effort, Google will be providing Google Play access to three Chromebooks in mid-June, with other Chromebooks to follow suit. These three Chromebooks include Acer Chromebook R11, Asus Chromebook Flip, and the Chromebook Pixel.
Some key benefits highlighted by Google are as follows:-
- Android Apps can be shown in 3 different window sizes to allow the best experience
- Users can multi-task with multiple Android apps in moveable windows along with a full desktop browser, all within the familiar Chrome OS interface.
- Keyboard, mouse, and touch input will seamlessly work together
- Users will get Android notifications on their Chromebooks
- Android apps benefit from the Wifi or Bluetooth connectivity setup by the user or the administrator
- File sharing is seamless between Chrome and Android apps through the Files app
- Performance of demanding apps such as games or design apps is excellent
Developers will first have to ensure that their apps are compatible with Chrome OS before their apps will start showing up on the Play Store for Chromebooks. Google recommends developers to start optimizing their apps now ahead of the launch later in 2016.