The rumors were true. Google is bringing the Google Play Store to Chrome OS, which means it’ll be much easier to find and install Android apps on Chromebooks or other devices running Google’s Chrome operating system.
We’ll probably have to wait until May 19th for Google to officially announce the feature, but a summary for an upcoming session at the Google I/O developer conference spilled the beans a little early.
Update: Now it’s even more official: the Play Store is coming to Chromebooks starting in June.
According to the description, Google is “adding the best mobile app experiences in the world, Android apps and the Google Play store, to the best browser in the world, Chrome!”
Google is encouraging developers attending the session to get help from Google engineers in testing their Android apps to make sure they support Chromebooks.
While the emphasis is on bringing Android apps and the Play Store to Chrome OS, the operating system shares a lot of DNA with Google’s Chrome browsers for Windows, OS X, and Linux. It’s possible that this could pave the way for users to easily install Android apps on those platforms through the Chrome web browser.