In April, news started circulating around the Internet that Android’s coveted Play Store is coming to Chrome OS. While it wasn’t mentioned in the keynote today, — we’re not sure why — it looks like one of the sessions at the I/O this year will discuss that very item. This information was found in the description for the I/O session, but it appears that the description has changed. Luckily, the folks at 9to5Google got the description before it was changed and it happens to state:
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! Come to this session and test your Android apps for Chrome OS. You will get hands on help from our friendly engineers on how to optimize your Android app for Chromebooks. Oh, and we will also be giving the first 50 developers to show up a free Chromebook so they can get a head start bringing their apps to Chrome!
Again, we’re unclear as to why it wasn’t announced but hey, if it’s moving forward even without an announcement, that’s still good news. The session looks like it’ll be centered around Googlers helping developers look at how to test their apps on the desktop OS. A nice caveat to this, is that if you’re one of the first 50 developers to hit the session, you’ll be receiving a brand new Chromebook. Not a bad bonus if you ask us.
If the Play Store is coming to Chrome OS, it will definitely be welcome. It also adds weight to the idea that Google is working toward one unified OS. Even though Google is adamant about Chrome OS being here to stay, this move certainly could be a logical step in a more unified approach. Now, if we could just get Chromebooks with a bit more storage.
What are your thoughts on Android apps on Chrome OS? Is it a good move for the OS? Let us know in the comments below or on social media.