Google’s Chrome OS might soon get a serious update that will make it a lot more enticing. Users on Reddit recently noticed that the developer version of the platform recently revealed an option to run Android apps on it.
They found out that when the settings loaded on their Chromebook, an option to “Enable Android apps to run on your Chromebook” popped up for an instant and then disappeared – it’s practically impossible to click on it.
Poking around the source code revealed a message indicating that “over a million apps and games on Google Play” will soon be available on Chromebooks.
It’s also worth noting that the message is named ‘ARC OPT IN’, which is likely a reference to the App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) project that the company has been working on for a while now.
ARC allows Android apps to run on Chrome OS, and was initially released in 2014 to a small group of developers. Last April, Google launched a Chrome app packager that allowed anyone to run their Android apps on Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS.
This could be a huge step forward for Chromebooks and the Chrome OS platform as it enables the access to a wealth of apps and extend the functionality of their devices.
Google Play’s arrival on Chrome OS might signal the end of the Chrome Web Store, which hosts Web apps, extensions and themes for the platform. We’ll have to wait to get an official release or an official post regarding the feature soon.
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