First Android apps available for Chromebook

Google promised it would bring Android apps to the Chromebook, and the first apps are now available.
Written by James Kendrick, Contributor on

At Google I/O earlier this year the company announced plans to let Android apps run on the Chromebook. It's starting small, but the first few apps are now available for a Chromebook near you.

Android Chromebook
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Android apps will run under the App Runtime for Chrome (Beta) which creates a virtual machine on Chrome OS for handling Android apps.

The Android apps now available are:

  • Duolingo - a fun and free way to learn a new language before your next trip
  • Evernote - write, collect and find what matters to you, with a full-size keyboard and touchscreen
  • Sight Words - a delightful way for you to help improve your child's reading skills
  • Vine - create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way

While the apps are in the Chrome Store, hitting the button to install them results in a dialog claiming "your app will install soon". We'll test it when they come in.

Update: Since publication they have disappered from the store. It is expected for them to show up in the Chrome Store shortly.

Source: Google Chrome Blog

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