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Google Play IS coming to Chrome OS – announcement coming on May 19th

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This article has been updated with new information

At Google’s I/O keynote this morning, there wasn’t any announcement of Android apps on Chrome. That’s not to say it’s not happening because it is. There’s even a new session on the Google I/O session site telling us all about it.

The session, called Bring Your Android App to Chrome OS, is now live on the Sessions page and the description basically sets out when it will be announced, as well as what it’s about:

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!

There’s no further details on when or how integration Android apps into Chrome will work so we’ll have to find out what’s happening at the session. I’m going to attempt to head over and see what’s what tomorrow. If you have a Chromebook, or been waiting for some more functions it’s about to get better.

Update:
The session has been pulled. The announcement of Google Play on Chromebooks appears to have been pulled back, with the session updated from Bring Your Android App to Chrome OS to Optimizing Android apps for productivity – it’s the same link as above, same time etc. just updated. The updated session still talks about developers building apps for a more desktop oriented outlook, with support for ‘multi-window, keyboard & trackpad support’, but removes references to Chrome OS. The full session description now reads:

In this session we will show you how to optimize your apps for select new features in Android M and Android N. This includes features as multi-window, keyboard & trackpad support. This will be a hands on session where you will learn and be able to test and optimize your apps with help from Google team members.
 
Source: Google I/O Sessions.

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Looking forward to Chrome-Hybrid-Android OS (CHAOS).

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