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I am an avid Chromebook user. I have been using mine for about a year now, it is a great little device that serves several uses for our house. It is my daughter’s primary computer, she plays games and reading exercises on it. My Girlfriend uses the Chromebook for general purpose web browsing and I use it to stream to my Chromecast. The Chromebook is one of the most used computers in my house, so when Google announced at Google I/O this year that they were toying around with the idea of bringing Android apps to Chrome OS I lost my mind.

The feature is in beta for Chrome 37 on Chrome OS and so far it looks pretty good. There are only a few apps available from the start but it is interesting to think about how the apps are actually Android apps written in Java running on the web based operating system. Traditionally apps written for Chrome are JavaScript and HTML5, to see a native app running is a cool idea.

It makes sense for Android to run on Chrome since they are both Google products, and Chrome apps can now run on Android using Apache Cordova (PhoneGap).

Original Article

Chromebooks were designed to keep up with you on the go—they’re thin and light, have long battery lives, resume instantly, and are easy to use. Today, we’re making Chromebooks even more mobile by bringing the first set of Android apps to Chrome OS:

  • Duolingo – a fun and free way to learn a new language before your next trip
  • Evernote – write, collect and find what matters to you, with a full-size keyboard and touchscreen
  • Sight Words – a delightful way for you to help improve your child’s reading skills
  • Vine – create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way

These first apps are the result of a project called the App Runtime for Chrome (Beta), which we announced earlier this summer at Google I/O. 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.

In the meantime, please tell us which of your favorite Android apps you’d like to see on your Chromebook.

Source: Chrome Blog