02 August 2016
It was first speculated in April 2016 that Google Play Store is coming to Chrome. Apparently, we also saw the presence of an option of the same in a Chromebook running the Chrome OS v51. But, we didn’t see any more such traces that could justify the information. It was then said that Google will announce the same on their I/O conference.
But, going by the first day of Google I/O developer’s conference, the company didn’t show a glimpse of it. Google, however, announced today that Google Play Store is coming to store.
Google said –
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 optimize 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!
As you can see in the snapshot, there is a small check-box under its Settings menu that says “Enable Android apps to run on your Chromebook,” alongside with a popup that says, "Google Play store now on your Chromebook. Choose from over a million apps and games on Google Play to install and use on your Chromebook."
With the presence of Android apps on Chrome, Google might want to convey to the developers that how to test their Android apps on the desktop platform.
An interesting fact reveals that the first 50 devs to show up will get a free Chromebook.