Google Play Store Apps coming to Chromebooks

Until recently, word went around that Google's Android OS may end up replacing ChromeOS completely, but by announcing that the Play Store will soon land on Chrome OS, Google has given the OS a fresh lease of life.

The news comes not long after IDC reported that Chromebook sales in the US outpaced that of Macs in Q1 for the first time ever.

At its ongoing I/O Conference in Mountain View, California where it took the wraps off the brand new Android N OS, Google announced that Google Play app store will arrive on ChromeOS as early as in the middle of next month.

All Android apps will work on your ChromeBook soon

"The same apps that run on phones and tablets can now run on Chromebooks without compromising their speed, simplicity or security. This is good for users and great for developers – in addition to phones and tablets, they will be able to easily bring their apps to laptops. And all this is built on top of Chrome OS, so users will continue to have everything they love in their Chromebooks," said Google in a blog post.

 

The list of Chromebooks where the Play Store will be initially available include Google Chromebook Pixel (2015), Acer Chromebook R11 and Asus Chromebook Flip. However, Google will roll out its Play Store on all Chromebooks by the end of the year. The launch of Play Store will let you make Skype calls, download and use Android apps and play Minecraft or Clash of Clans on your Chromebook. But we aren't sure if Play Store will be launched as part of a comprehensive update to ChromeOS or if will be updated independently over the air.

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Google's decision to let ChromeOS users access Android apps comes not long after data from IDC revealed that shipments of Chromebooks outpaced that of Macs in the United States during the first quarter of the year. Just like a large number of phone makers develop Android smartphones, a number of PC manufacturers like Lenovo, Acer, ASUS, Toshiba, Dell and HP manufacture Chromebooks. As per the IDC estimate, Apple sold 1.76 million Macs in Q1 and even though it registered a 5.6 per cent increase in sales year-on-year, it lagged behind Lenovo, HP, and Dell in terms of overall sales. As per the Verge, Dell, HP and Lenovo together sold 2 million Chromebooks in Q1, overtaking Apple in the process.

The fact that Android apps will eventually enter Chromebooks was leaked by a Reddit user back in April. Calling himself 'TheWiseYoda', the user discovered an option named “Enable Android apps to run on your Chromebook” 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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