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Run Android Apps In Windows, OS X, Linux With Chrome (And A Modified Runtime)

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    Run Android apps in Windows, OS X, Linux with Chrome (and a modified runtime) - Liliputing (click for full article)

    09/19/2014 at 10:50 AM by Brad Linder

    -- Google has begun bringing Android apps to the Chrome Web Store, allowing you to run a handful of Android apps on a Chromebook or Chromebox. But as we’ve reported, it’s already possible to run some Android apps that aren’t available in the Chrome web store… it just takes a little work to prepare and load those apps.

    Now the developer who figured out how to load some unsupported Android apps on a Chromebook has figured out how to do it with Windows, OS X, and Linux computers as well.

    The ARChon custom runtime is a modified version of Google’s Android Runtime for Chrome. It allows you to run multiple side-loaded Android apps at once… and in addition to working on Chrome OS devices it works on Windows, OS X, and Linux computers running the Google Chrome 37 or later web browser.

    You still need to prepare Android apps manually before you can load them, and the modified runtime may be unstable when used on a system that’s not running Chrome OS. But it provides a way to run Android apps as if they were native apps on a Windows, OS X, or Linux computer without installing an emulator or virtual machine.

    More details are available at developer vladikoff’s github pages for the ChromeOS-APK and ARChon Custom Runtime projects.

    Not every Android app will work with the ChromeOS-APK side-loading method. Most paid apps won’t run properly and some other apps crash if they rely on frameworks or other components that aren’t available. But you can find many apps that do work (and APK files for many free apps which have already been prepared to run on Chrome) at the new ChromeAPKs subreddit.

    Note that it’s probably a good idea to prepare your own APK files though… installing apps from random links posted on the internet isn’t always a good idea.
     
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    Crazy. All this confusion and complexity to run Google's own Android apps on Google's own Chromebooks.

    And they claim that they'll be running console-level games flawlessly on AndroidTV. Believe that when you see it.
     
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    Lilbits (9-26-2014): Installing Android apps on Chromebooks keeps getting easier - Liliputing (click for full article)

    09/26/2014 at 5:00 PM by Brad Linder

    -- Google recently rolled out limited support for running Android apps on Chromebooks and Chromeboxes. But only a handful of apps are officially supported.

    It didn’t take long for third-party developers to figure out how to load other Android apps… and even get them to run on a Windows, Mac, or Linux computer with the Chrome web browser. Then a developer created a tool called Chrome APK Packager that makes converting an Android app on your phone into a Chrome-compatible app about as simple as can be… and now it’s even simpler.

    Chrome APK Packager is available from the Google Play Store, which make it easy to install the app and keep it up to date.

    Oh yeah, developer bpear96 also released the source code for Chrome APK Packager.
     

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