Ars Technica: Google Play Store and “over a million apps” could be headed to Chrome OS
An Ars article points out a couple of a posts in a Chrome OS sub-reddit where users have discovered Google may be about to enable Android apps in the Google Play store as a feature on Chrome OS:
In the Chrome OS subreddit, users are reporting some interesting behavior in their Chromebooks. "TheWiseYoda" noticed that when the settings first load up, an option flashes on screen that reads, "Enable Android apps to run on your Chromebook." The option immediately disappears, so it's not possible to click on its confirmation box. We were able to replicate this on our second-gen Chromebook Pixel running the developer build.
After some hunting in the Chrome OS source code, TheWiseYoda found a few strings in this file (starting at line 6522) that mention the arrival of Google Play on Chrome OS.
Though we've seen some Linux distros that run Android Apps like Remix OS and distros that emulate the Chrome OS look like Cub Linux, this would be like a mixture of the two. And why not? Chrome OS makes perfect sense for running Android apps in it. After all, it's meant to be web-based and this would expand the ecosphere for Chrome apps gigantically.
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