Google announces Android apps for Chrome OS, more new features

June 25, 2014
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Google’s marathon of a keynote is continuing with news on Chrome OS.

Just like with the phone unlocking feature of Android Wear, which lets you skip security measures on your phone, you will be able to unlock your Chromebook and seamlessly log in to Chrome OS with the mere presence of your smartphone .

Chrome OS already supported Google Now cards, but Google is now adding more features to the notification center, including the ability to see incoming calls and texts on your Chromebook, as well as low battery notifications.

Even more amazing, Google is finally bringing some Google apps to Chrome OS. It’s not clear if all Android apps will work on Chrome OS, but Google demoed on stage apps from Flipboard, Vine, and Evernote. According to Sundar Pichai, the Chrome OS apps run and behave just like the Android applications. Minimal modifications are required from app developers; apps will be able to access some of the Chrome OS underlying APIs, meaning that apps will be able to access features such as the Chromebook’s camera.

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