If there was one thing that has held back Chrome OS from more widespread adoption, it has to be the lack of software. Or as we call these things in 2016, apps. Chrome OS is an operating system designed by Google. It is based on the Linux kernel. The original idea was that both applications and user data would reside in the cloud. Before now, all that Chrome OS offered in terms of apps were only web apps. But the music has changed from this point. If you have kept away because of lack of apps for Chrome OS, the operating system now officially supports Google Play Store and Android apps.
With this new development, developers can create apps with Chrome OS in mind. As such, more people looking for productivity tools can opt for Chromebooks and Chrome desktop PCs as alternatives to Microsoft Windows-powered laptops and PCs.
On paper, this introduction of Android apps for Chrome OS is a huge development and may just be the game changer that the the world of computing may have been waiting for.
Google says that the first three Chromebooks that will support Android apps in mid-June 2016 are:
- Acer Chromebook R11 / C738T
- Asus Chromebook Flip
- Google Chromebook Pixel (2015)
News is that the Play Store is already live on the ASUS Chromebook Flip. It will be available for the other listed Chrome-powered devices shortly and others thereafter.
Android apps for Chrome OS in real life
For now, the laptop acts like Android 6.01 and only works with tablet apps, so choice of apps is still very restricted.