All Android apps will work on your ChromeBook soon

Google may allow users to run Android apps in their notebooks and PCs running Chrome OS, probably boosting the OS' adoption rate in the future by a long way.

A Reddit users recently discovered an “Enable Android apps to run on your Chromebook” option in a developer version of Chrome OS. However, the user couldn't click on or activate the option in the developer version.

Calling himself 'TheWiseYoda', the user discovered the option in his/her Chrome OS settings but sadly, the setting disappeared as soon as it had popped up. The user then decided to take a look at the source code and came across a message named 'ARC Opt In' which said that  “Choose from over a million apps and games on Google Play to install and use on your Chromebook."

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ARC is an abbreviation used to refer to App Runtime for Chrome which is being perfected by Google. As per Google, ARC "lets you run your favorite Android apps on Chrome OS." ARC will also let you access Google Play Services in your Chromebook but your access will be quite limited as of now. Google says that "Since ARC is in Beta, it doesn't support all of Google Play Services yet," but it will still let you access APIs like Maps, location, Google sign in and Ads.

When ARC was first announced, tonnes of speculation thrived on the internet on Google gradually merging Android and Chrome OS to launch a unified operating system in the near future. Such speculations were further fuelled when Sundar Pichai, the Google CEO, said that “mobile as a computing paradigm is eventually going to blend with what we think of as desktop today.”

Pixel C, a workplace tablet that was launched in September of last year, is the first Pixel device to run Android in place of Chrome operating system.

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Google strongly denied such speculations and insisted that Chrome OS had a long future and that the company was deeply committed to the operating system. “There’s a ton of momentum for Chromebooks and we are very committed to Chrome OS. I just bought two for my kids for schoolwork,” said Hiroshi Lockheimer, head of Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast at Google.

Given that ARC in Chromebooks is basically a question of when and not if, we should know a lot more about the feature in Google’s upcoming annual I/O developer conference which will be held in Mountain View, California next month. At the conference, Google is also expected to launch Android N, the latest version of the popular mobile operating system.

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