It looks like you'll soon be able to put Google Play Store apps on your Chromebook.
Google didn't mention this in its two-hour keynote address at the I/O developer conference Wednesday morning, but a session description on its I/O website notes that Google Play Store is coming to Chrome. Up until now, Google's Chrome OS software, which powers Google's Chromebook laptops, wasn't directly integrated with Android, its smartphone and tablet operating system.
"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," reads the breakout session description, first noticed by 9to5Google. The session lets attendees test out their Android apps for the Chrome OS and get hands-on help on how to optimize those apps for Chromebooks.
In fact, a handful of Android apps already run on Chromebooks. Thanks to an initiative called ARC, or App Runtime for Chrome, Chrome OS systems can run the Android versions of a dozen or so apps, including social video app Vine and language learning app Duolingo. These run in smaller, phonelike windows on the Chromebook's display, and they work out of the box, requiring no special plug-ins or extensions to install and run.
CNET's Dan Ackerman contributed to this report.
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