Operating systems announce marriage
By Digital News Asia May 25, 2016
- All Android apps will work on Chrome OS
- Chrome OS admins can control app installs
The OS marriage of the century is finally on. Android and Chrome OS are about to get hitched and every app on Android is invited.
The entire Google Play Store is coming to Chrome OS. More than 1.5 million apps will come to a platform that was never seen as a serious competitor to Microsoft's Windows.
The objective is a no fuss solution, with zero effort from developers required to get their Android app up and running. Notifications and in-line replies will also work.
Android apps will live in native Chrome OS windows, making them look like part of the OS. Starting in early June, developer builds of Chrome OS will see a pop-up message allowing them to opt-in to Google Play and Android app compatibility. This will roll out to touch-enabled Chromebooks first in the "M53 Dev" version, with support for non-touch devices coming soon after.
The final consumer launch of the new Chrome OS will happen later this year. For control freaks and administrators, Google is promising Android app controls with multiple levels of granularity. For companies, administrators will need to explicitly enable the feature in order for their users to access Android apps. So organisations that want to keep their Chromebooks simple can still do so.
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