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Note: If you’re using your Chromebook at work or school, you might not be able to add the Google Play Store or download Android apps. For more information, contact your administrator. Step 1: Get the Google Play Store app 1. Update your Chromebook software. To get Android apps on your Chromebook, make sure that your Chrome OS version is up to. May 29, 2019.
If you have a good memory you might just be able to recall ARC apps, Google’s (rather muted) initiative to get Android apps running on Chrome OS¹.
The ARC project brought us Vine and Viber, Evernote, a PDF editor and, er, a cooking social network. A bunch of other, lesser-known Android apps were also welcomed in to the Chrome Web Store.
Over the past year or so the ARC project has appeared dead. Promised apps like Flipboard, Kindle and others never arrived. From looking at the Chrome Web Store you’d conclude the project had hit a dead end.
But it turns out there’s a reason why so few Android apps have been added to the Chrome Web Store.
It’s because Google Play is coming to Chromebooks.
Google Play Store on Chromebooks
You’ve got to love Reddit, because it’s there that this potentially awesome news bite surfaced.
Redditor uncovered up some recent code that adds a new ‘Enable Android Apps to run on your Chromebook’ option to Chrome OS settings.
Nothing hugely new there, you might think. After all, the ARC app project was announced ages ago, and there’s an Android apps section on the Chrome Web Store.
Chrome Os Download To Flash Drive
But inside the code commit is something new: reference to the Google Play Store.
Enable Android Apps to run on your Chromebook …Google Play Store – Over a million apps and games now available on your Chromebook.
The Google Play Store? Oh yes!
The code references a new option that will appear in the Settings section of Chrome OS. When turned on it lets you install Android apps on Chromebook from the Google Play Store.
Google Play Store Chrome Os
You will have to “opt in” and agree to Google Play Terms and Services, but after this the complete Google Play Store, and more than ‘a million apps and games’, or so says the code reference, will be available to you on your Chromebook.
No more waiting for a wave of (largely mediocre) apps to be uploaded to the Chrome Web Store!
This feature could be something Google is planning to announce at Google I/O — and is likely to be part of its effort to keep Chrome OS attractive (and relevant) to users in the face of multi-window, desktop-style features arriving in Android N.
But it’s also possible that not every Chromebook currently available will support this, as some older, lower-powered Chromebooks struggle to run the Android Apps for Chrome that are already available — and some cannot run them at all.
¹ ARC apps could also run on Windows, Mac and Linux
What's the difference between Chromium OS and Google Chrome OS?
Google Chrome OS is to Chromium OS what Google Chrome browser is to Chromium.
- Chromium OS is the open source project, used primarily by developers, with code that is available for anyone to checkout, modify, and build.
- Google Chrome OS is the Google product that OEMs ship on Chromebooks for general consumer use.
Some specific differences:
- The two projects fundamentally share the same code base, but Google Chrome OS has some additional firmware features, including verified boot and easy recovery, which require corresponding hardware changes and thus also don't work out of the box in Chromium OS builds.
- Google Chrome OS runs on specially optimized hardware in order to get enhanced performance and security.
- Chromium OS does not auto-update by default (so that changes you may have made to the code are not blown away), whereas Google Chrome OS seamlessly auto-updates so that users have the latest and greatest features and fixes.
- Google Chrome OS is supported by Google and its partners; Chromium OS is supported by the open source community.
- Google Chrome OS includes some binary packages which are not allowed to be included in the Chromium OS project. A non-exhaustive list:
- Adobe Flash
- Widevine CDM plugin (to support HTML5 EME)
- 3G Cellular support (but work is on going to address this)
- DisplayLink Manager for video over USB (some systems)
- Android (ARC++) container for running Android apps
- Some components are available in both, but as closed source binary-only blobs. A non-exhaustive list:
- Graphics Libraries (e.g. OpenGL) on ARM platforms
- Google Chrome ships with its own set of API keys while Chromium does not include any
- Users are expected to set up their own
- Google Chrome OS has a green/yellow/red logo while Chromium OS has a blue/bluer/bluest logo.
Where can I download Google Chrome OS?
Google Chrome OS is not a conventional operating system that you can download or buy on a disc and install. As a consumer, the way you will get Google Chrome OS is by buying a Chromebook that has Google Chrome OS installed by the OEM. Google Chrome OS is being developed to run on new machines that are specially optimized for increased security and performance. We are working with manufacturers to develop reference hardware for Google Chrome OS.
Chromebooks are available for sale now! Check out the Google Chromebook site for more information.
Where can I download Chromium OS?
If you are the kind of developer who likes to build an open source operating system from scratch, you can follow the developer instructions to check out Chromium OS, build it and experiment with it. A number of sites have also posted pre-built binaries of Chromium OS. However, these downloads are not verified by Google, therefore please ensure you trust the site you are downloading these from.
Keep in mind that Chromium OS is not for general consumer use.