Chrome Bugdroid statue hits Google campus, will Android apps run in Chrome?

by: Chris SmithJanuary 31, 2013


Google’s I/O event will take place in mid-May this year, but there’s already plenty of speculation regarding what new products the company will announce this spring. We could see the Nexus 5 and/or Motorola X arrive, we’ll probably see Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie get official, but what about Android apps running in the Chrome browser?

MobileGeeks seems to think that Android apps are coming to the Chrome browser soon, and backs it all up with some evidence. A curious Chrome Bugdroid has been spotted in Google’s Campus, but not near Building 44 where you’d expect it to appear, but next to Building 45.

Is it all a coincidence? Probably not. But why did Google put up the Chrome Bugdroid with several months to go to Google I/O? Will we see Android apps run in Chrome a lot earlier than that?

Is Google ready to offer Android device owners, but also non-Android users a chance to play with some of the apps available in the Play Store? Is Google moving one step closer to unifying its mobile and desktop environments by making the same apps run on Android smartphones and tablets, Chrome browser and Chromebooks?

What Android apps would you use in Chrome browser?

  • MasterMuffin

    None, but that droid looks cool :)

  • That last paragraph felt like I was watching the end of an old episode of Batman.

  • BrainOfSweden

    Some of the games would work well with keyboard and/or mouse, regular apps are not really necessary, I already have most functions in a more mature form on my computer. But for Chromebook users, it could be a great addition.

  • jnffarrell1

    Connect the dots

    Soon Android Apps will be everywhere there’s a Chrome Browser. Even Macs and PCs will have Google Apps. With Google Apps on all operating systems, MS Office Apps will be on all non-Windows operating systems. The Windows/IE/MS Office bundle will be broken. Word/Excel/PowerPoint will be unbundled. Any productivity App written using open APIs could be mixed with any other App written to Android.

  • dasfar

    android apps on chrome ?
    hmm…. Titanium Backup ? :D

  • asdf

    Has anyone considered that it could also mean Android devices running chrome web apps too, especially since Google introduced things like webgl to chrome beta

  • tBs_Battousai

    Would be cool if that was the case and I think it would push take-up of ChromeBooksBoxes, I’m already thinking about replacing my Dell laptop with a CrhomeBook…