This year at its I/O 2016 developer conference Google confirmed what we had been hearing for some time, that it’s going to enable Android apps to run on Chromebooks. Now those are two completely different platforms but Google does have the tools in its box to enable countless Android apps to run on its cloud-based OS. In case you were curious about how Android apps run on Chromebook, this short video from Google will clear things right up.
Google has posted on YouTube a video of a developer presentation which demonstrates how Android apps run on Chromebook. Naturally, that’s something many want to see because this wasn’t exactly possible before, so people are bound to be curious.
From the looks of it, the entire process appears rather seamless. Sharing files between apps seems easy, games run smoothly, and offline support seems quite encouraging since Chrome OS devices aren’t of much use if they’re not connected to the internet.
It goes without saying that there’s every possibility that this demonstration was conducted under controlled circumstances, so it’s likely that real-world performance might differ, even if very slightly from what you see in the video. The chances are that Chromebooks with lower-end specs could find it hard to smoothly run chunky Android apps, but that’s to be expected anyway.
Expect Google to talk more about this upcoming Chrome OS feature in the following months.