GOOGLE HAS begun rolling out the first test build of Chrome OS featuring Android app support, including the Google Play store.
Chrome OS 53 is now live in the Developer channel, and if you're lucky enough to own an Asus Chromebook Flip you'll be able to try the first iteration of Play store integration.
This has been a long time coming. Last year saw the runtime created and a few selected apps added, but in general Android and Chrome OS have been separate entities, although a closer working relationship, stopping short of a merger, was promised at Google I/O in 2015.
The Asus Chromebook Flip is the perfect place to start, as it's one of the few non-premium Chrome OS devices that has a touchscreen meaning that more apps will work out of the box.
That said, not all of them do by any stretch, including Google+ (not that anyone will really notice) and there'll be even more that will require work to make them compatible with non-touchscreen devices like wot most of them are.
So, although the first blow has been struck for uniting the operating systems, the next stage is down to developers who will have to retool their apps to make them compatible, and that could be the bigger job.
Jide announced its second generation of Remix OS devices earlier this week that run a customised version of Android natively and therefore offer a lot more instant compatibility. The company claims it's 100 per cent, in fact.
Google also released the Pixel C last year, running native Android but not doing it quite as well.
The use of the Pixel moniker, which had been reserved for Chrome OS till that point, gave rise to speculation that the company was moving towards Android as its main operating system, a claim repeatedly denied by Google and borne out by today's baby steps. µ
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