First Android apps available for Chromebook

Google promised it would bring Android apps to the Chromebook, and the first apps are now available.

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