This news has been a very long time coming. People rocking Chrome OS on their Chromebooks have been told that they will “soon” be able to enjoy the full range of Google Android apps on their inexpensive laptops, but support has been rather sparse and haphazard. That’s changing and it’s getting a million times better.

Finally formally announced via the Android Developers Blog, Android apps will indeed be ported over with full support to your choice of Chromebooks starting early next month. As long as developers are willing to jump through a couple of hoops, their Android apps will work seamlessly on a Chromebook in three different window sizes with support for touchscreens and mousepads alike. If the devs don’t “optimize” their apps for Chrome OS, the apps should still run but the experience may not be ideal.

At some point, Google will also port over the proper Google Play Store to Chrome OS too, making it that much easier to grab your Android apps of choice. The caveat is that this support is going to be limited to “select” devices for the time being. These include the Asus Chromebook Flip, the Acer Chromebook R11, and last year’s Chromebook Pixel.

Interest in Chromebooks is certainly on the rise, outselling Macs in the first quarter of this year (in the US market at least). That makes Chrome OS the second most popular PC operating system.

Via Lifehacker

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