Chromebooks are getting their first batch of Android apps

At the Google I/O back in June Sundar Pichai, head of Android, promised that devices running Chrome OS would be able to use Android apps at some time in the future, and now it seem that this promise is coming true.

Google announced on Thursday that it is working with four high-profile app makers to get their apps running on Chromebooks, and they are now available today. But what are these fabled apps? Chomebook owners can now use Duolingo, Evernote, Vine, and Sight Words on both Android and Chrome OS devices.

The migration is aimed at breaking down the barriers between Android and Chrome OS, presumably in a similar way to how Mac owners can download a number of apps that are also on iOS and are cross-platform compatible. These four are just the first wave of apps to be released, and more of them will become available as time goes on.

It’s a great idea, and might make some people see Chrome OS as a more viable option when buying a new system in the future, and while the selection of apps is limited at the moment that is only something that can be improved in the future.

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Tom Pritchard

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