+ Monday October 14th, 2019

Android on ChromeOS
At Google I/O in June last year, Google announced that Android apps would be coming to ChromeOS. A flood of apps hasn’t eventuated, with Google carefully cultivating the apps which have been ported. We’ve seen a total of 28 apps ported over, but the flood gates may be about to burst with Google advising that any Android developer can now start using the App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) extension.

Google made the announcement via The Verge, when talking about their low-end Chromebooks, Chromebit and Asus Flip Chromebook launch this morning. They took pains to advise that ‘Chrome OS still isn’t really designed with touch in mind’ – but that may get a bit more interesting with more Android apps sure to come after this announcement.

With the release of the low-price, touch-screen friendly Asus Flip which appears to be aimed squarely at the education market, an influx of touch-enabled functional apps is just what ChromeOS needs. ChromeOS has been toying with touch capability for some time with options such as a virtual keyboard and gestures such as pinch-to-zoom built-in to the core OS.

More information on porting apps should be made available shortly, so if you’re an Android developer keep an eye out.

Via: TheVerge.

Daniel Tyson  


Dan is a die-hard Android fan. Some might even call him a lunatic. He's been an Android user since Android was a thing, and if there's a phone that's run Android, chances are he owns it (his Nexus collection is second-to-none) or has used it.

Dan's dedication to Ausdroid is without question, and he has represented us at some of the biggest international events in our industry including Google I/O, Mobile World Congress, CES and IFA.

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I guess Windows 10 is making them panic a bit. Yes it doesn’t have Android’s app selection, but it does support touch very well and is becoming very well optimised for low end hardware and 16GB flash storage.

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