The first fresh batch of android apps is finally being released by Google to be supported on Chromebooks. It’s unsure on whom they are targeting, new user base or just trying to merge one of their most famous OS to Chrome OS. But according to Google, the unifying of both the technology is the prime reason behind Google releasing the Android Apps on Chromebooks.
Chromebooks are here to stay, with a simple idea of letting the user carry a light weight laptop with Chrome OS installed. All the applications will be hosted on the cloud with minimal use of local resources.
Last year at Google I/O, Google came up the news that they will be offering their Android apps on Chrome OS. They kept their promise and released 4 popular android applications on Chrome Book. The 4 android applications are as follows:
- Duolingo – Language-learning aid
- Evernote – Productivity app
- Sight Words – children’s literacy system
- Vine – Video looping
Google’s App Runtime for Chrome (beta) project headed by Google’s head of Android Sundar Pichai, takes care of the apps first release cycle.
“Wouldn’t it be nice to get some of your favorite applications on your Chromebook? We want this to be intuitive for users. For developers, we want this to work with as little modification as possible,” he said.
The popular acquisition of Chromebooks by school has impacted the release of two educational oriented apps, Duolingo and Sight Words. Duolingo is the world’s most popular language-learning app and Sight Words teaches children how to read.
The other two apps Evernote and Vine appearance into first batch is also not surprising as they are the most popular apps in their respective category.
How they approached the problem?
Google Engineers prioritized the task and came up with ARC. Android Runtime for Chrome (ARC) apps run in the same environment as other apps which are downloaded from Chrome Web Store. Due to this, the developers do not need to port or modify their code, though they might have to trick the Chromebook form factor to work better.
Google in the past year or so have vested much of their time in making the app run successful in Chromebook. On the other hand, they antithesis and made web apps originally designed to run in Chrome to also function properly on Android.
The complications and hardships that Google undertake are great not only for users but also for developers. But the project seems to be intriguing and at the same time a huge marketing step by Google to make Chromebook irresistible with android apps.
Integrating two separate OS speaks volume about Google and the amount of technology innovation goes into making something portable.
With more apps on the horizon to be released by Google, users of Chromebook are ready to be dive deep into the rich number of applications android have to offer. Time can only assert how fast and how seamlessly both the Operating System will function together and which apps will be released for the Chromebook users and vice-versa.
You can read the official blog post here.