Fresh off the news that Chrome OS outsold Mac OS X for the first time ever in the USA comes another bombshell: Your cheap and cheerful Chromebook might soon be able to run Android apps as well. Even better, those apps will be able to run in resizable windows on your Chrome OS desktop.
Here’s Liliputing’s Brad Linder to explain:
We’re not just talking about games—the entire Google Play Store experience now works on Chromebooks, including Google Play Movies, Music, Photos and Newsstand. Android notifications will be delivered through Chromebooks and you’ll be able to share files between Chrome windows and Android apps.
It’s pretty much great news for everyone, with the possible exception of the folks working on Remix OS.
For a quick video demo on a 2015 Chromebook Pixel 2, here’s The Verge’s Deiter Bohn:
And here’s the list so far of Android/Chrome OS compatible hardware from popular brands, courtesy of Android Central:
Chromebook 11 C740
Chromebook 11 CB3-111 / C730 / CB3-131
Chromebook 15 CB5-571 / C910
Chromebook 15 CB3-531
Chromebook R11 C738T
Chromebook 14 CB3-431
Chromebook 14 for Work
Chromebook Flip C100PA
Chromebook 11 3120
Chromebook 13 7310
Chromebook Pixel (2015)
Chromebook 11 G3 / G4 / G4 EE
Chromebook 14 G4
N20 / N20P Chromebook
N21 Chromebook -ThinkCentre Chromebox
ThinkPad 11e Chromebook
Thinkpad 13 Chromebook
Thinkpad 11e Chromebook Gen 2
Chromebook 2 11″ – XE500C12
Chromebook 2 (2015)
The Play Store is expected to be available for Chrome OS in September or October of this year. I’m excited just to be able to use a different web browser on my Chromebook; how about you?