Most of what Google plans to do in the near and distant future was made public at the I/O 2016 event. One of the more interesting unveilings Google made then was during a session named ‘Coming to a Chromebook near you’ and it stated that the Google Play Store would arrive on Chromebook sometime this summer. This basically means that Google will grant Chromebook full access to the Android Apps catalog.
Chrome OS hasn’t really made its mark in the computing world. If one could describe it in any way it would be that it’s a very simple, cheap and easy to use operating system. It boots up fast, it’s speedy and it doesn’t drain the battery as much as the other phone OSs. It’s also lighter and more focused to the web than OS X or Windows 10, so it’s not that useful for certain professional categories.
Given these aspects, it’s quite an achievement to add support for Android applications via Google Play and it implies that more changes are to come for the Chrome OS platform.
In order to understand Chromebook Chrome OS keep in mind that it is completely browser based and that its applications are not whole as they usually represent a link plugin based web page that can be accessed through the browser. And it works wonderfully for Google services like Docs or Drive and many others but in other cases it offers a mediocre experience at best when compared to the fully fledged Android apps. This means that, by enabling users to access Google Play Store, it will also give them immediate access to the full functioning Android apps.
This platform was the joint creation of Google and Android and given the overall computing features of Chrome OS it’s very probable that it will run apps more smoothly than Android based devices.
The support also includes the Microsoft Office Suite for Android, Spotify and Photoshop mix. However, keep in mind that this is a Chromebook only feature and it cannot be used on the Chrome browsers for the PC client.