Google I/O 2016: Chrome OS to Get Android Apps, Play Store Support

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Google I/O 2016: Chrome OS to Get Android Apps, Play Store Support
Highlights
  • I/O 2016 schedule shows Android apps are coming to Chrome OS.
  • Google Play will also be integrated into Chrome OS.
  • The support for Android apps had been a long time coming.

Google's developer conference is underway and a bunch of interesting things have already been been introduced. However, a slip-up in one of I/O's session descriptions has let out that Google will introduce Android app and Google Play support to Chrome OS.

The session description indicates clearly that Google is holding a session where all the developers will be able to test apps on the Chrome OS. In April, some Chome OS v51 users reported seeing setting and a pop-up window that pointed to upcoming Android app support and Google Play access, creating noise that Google will make this official soon.

Now, the description further attests to these claims. The schedule summary was first spotted by 9to5Google on the Google I/O website, and it reads, "Today we announced that we're adding the best mobile app experiences in the world, Android apps and the Google Play store, to the best browser in the world, Chrome! Come to this session and test your Android apps for Chrome OS. You will get hands on help from our friendly engineers on how to optimise your Android app for Chromebooks. Oh, and we will also be giving the first 50 developers to show up a free Chromebook so they can get a head start bringing their apps to Chrome!"

android_chrome_screenshot.jpgThe summary has since then been updated to remove these details, but we expect Google to make the announcement soon. So far, Google has unveiled two new apps - Allo and Duo - for Android and iOS users. The two apps have unique features and are due to release this summer. In-line with previous reports, the search giant also unveiled Google Home, a voice-based home activation device. Other products like Google Assistant and Daydream VR system have also been introduced so far.
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