Google had earlier announced that its Chromebooks would soon be able to run Android apps. Today, the company has released a set of four Android apps from App Runtime for Chrome (beta) that run on Chromebooks.
The four apps include language-learning service Duolingo, note-taking app Evernote, video sharing platform Vine, and an app called Sight Words that helps toddlers’ improve their reading skills.
The company says that it will soon be releasing more Android apps that will run on Chrome OS. We bet that Flipboard will be one of the apps that is included in the next batch. Google had demoed the magazine-style reading app running on Chrome OS at I/O earlier this year. “Over the coming months, we’ll be working with a select group of Android developers to add more of your favorite apps so you’ll have a more seamless experience across your Android phone and Chromebook,” the company said in its announcement.
Google has explained that these Android apps are not simply ported to the Chrome OS platform, but instead they have added several features to Chrome OS to make it run Android apps using Native Client. These apps are available on Chrome Web Store and after installation they all show up in the launcher, just like other Chrome apps.
This feature was widely expected, especially when Chrome chief Sundar Pichai took command of Android too. Among many other forthcoming features, Chromebooks will soon display your phone’s notification too, and let you unlock your notebook with your Android device. The divide between PC and mobile continues to blur.