In a possibly-huge move, Google has announced that all Google Play apps will run on Chromebooks. As a practical matter, for Chromebook users, that means a Chromebook will be able to run Skype and GoToMeeting, for example, apps that previously required a download, and therefore could not be run on a Chromebook.
Essentially, all apps that run on Android phones and tablets will now run on Chromebooks without compromising their speed, simplicity or security.
The advantage is about one million applications.
Up to this point, Chromebook functionality has been limited by the fact that everything had to run within a browser.
Every “app” was essentially a browser plug-in. High security and fast startup were clear advantages.
Apparently, the Chromebook and Android teams to take advantage of innovations in enabling the Android environment work within the ChromeOS “container.”
Since Chromebooks are running desktop class hardware, the Android apps consume virtually no overhead, the user experience is consistent, and the environment is secure.
The Google teams say the Chrome operating system is not rendering the Android environment, running the apps fully.
The feature will start rolling out in the developer channel with M53 on the ASUS Chromebook Flip, the Acer Chromebook R 11 and the latest Chromebook Pixel.
Over time, this will roll out to other Chromebooks in the market as well.