Linux-based postmarketOS may support Android apps thanks to Anbox (PinePhone, Librem 5, and more)

One of the key selling points of Linux smartphones like the PinePhone and Purism Librem 5 is that they’re designed to run free and open source GNU/Linux-based operating systems rather than partially open software like Google Android. But there’s an app gap — sure, both Android and Linux support millions of apps. But most Android […]

Chrome OS updates to bring Linux apps to MediaTek Chromebooks, Android 9 to most Chromebooks

I’m in the camp that believes Google’s browser-based Chrome OS was always a “real” operating system and not just a glorified web browser. But the addition of support for Android apps and Linux apps in recent years has certainly gone a long way toward making the operating system more versatile. Now it looks like there […]

Now you can run Android apps on the Asus Chromebook Flip

As promised, Google has started rolling out an update to Chrome OS that lets you download and install Android apps from the Google Play Store. Right now the Chrome OS 53 update is only available for the Asus Chromebook Flip, and you’ll need to be on the developer channel to run Android apps. But the […]

When Chromebooks run Android apps, do we still need Android tablets?

After years of hinting that the lines between Android and Chrome OS were getting thinner and blurrier, Google recently announced that Chromebooks would soon be able to run just about any Android app. The Google Play Store will be available for three Chromebooks with touchscreen displays starting in June, and the list of Chrome OS […]

Maybe Android apps aren’t coming to Windows 10 after all?

Windows may be the dominant operating system for notebook and desktop computers but it’s in a distant third place when it comes to smartphones, so it’s not surprising that many mobile app developers prioritize iOS and Android over Windows. So Microsoft decided to do something about the app gap and earlier this year the company […]

How to run multiple Android apps through Chrome with ARC Welder

Google is providing Android app developers with tools that allow their apps to run in the Chrome web browser. But you don’t need to be a developer to use Google’s ARC Welder utility: it lets just about anyone run (some) Android apps on Chrome OS, Mac, Windows, or Linux computers. When I first wrote about ARC Welder, I […]

Test Android apps in Chrome OS, Windows, OS X, or Linux using ARC Welder Chrome app

Now that Google is letting any developers bring their Android apps to the Chrome Web Store, the company needs to give developers a way to test their apps. It turns out the same tool lets anyone run (some) Android apps in Chrome… even if you’re using the Chrome web browser on Windows, OS X, or […]

Microsoft launches Android apps including lock screen, OK Google replacements

Microsoft’s bread and butter may be the Windows operating system. But the company has a long history of making software for other platforms such as Office for Mac and OneNote and Bing Search for Android. Now the company is launching 4 a series of new Android apps that come from the Microsoft Garage project. These […]