"End near for Chrome OS? Android apps coming to Chromebooks"
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End near for Chrome OS? Android apps coming to Chromebooks
Google's Chromebooks are about to get more useful.
Starting in June, some Chromebooks will be able to download more than one million Android apps.
The Chrome operating system has always been a bit limited, because it's designed for people who do most of their work on the web.
There are not many Chrome apps.
But that changes with this new access to the Google Play Store, now people can load up the Android version of Microsoft Office along with other work related apps, or perhaps use apps like Google Photos, and Play Music offline as you could with a smartphone.
Some Android apps will not work on Chrome such as Those that require a GPS or other sensors you find in a phone.
The downside is that not all Chromebooks are getting this access right away.
It's just for a few touchscreen models at first.
We've been hearing for some time that the Chrome operating system will merge someday with Android, it seems that someday is getting closer.
I'm Bridget Carey.
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