Both Android and Chrome OS are different operating systems but it seems that Google wants users from Android to be able to run apps on their Chromebooks without any issues. Just last year at Google I/O, the company announced that Android apps would soon be arriving onto Chrome OS, although safe to say that the apps haven’t exactly been pouring in.
However Google had recently confirmed with The Verge that as of today, any Android developer will be able to start using App Runtime for Chrome. It should be noted that the feature is still in beta at this point in time, but for the most part hopefully it shouldn’t give developers any trouble. It will also allow developers to port their Android apps over onto Chrome OS without much fuss, so perhaps we could start seeing an influx of Android apps on Chrome OS.
Of course it remains to be seen how optimized such Android apps will be on the Chrome OS platform, but we suppose if there is a particular app that you absolutely have to use but can’t because there isn’t a Chrome OS-optimized version of it, then the Android version will have to make do. Google and ASUS have also recently announced the Chromebit dongle which basically takes any HDMI display and turns it into a Chrome PC.