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Chrome OS gets its first four Android apps

As expected, Chrome OS now has the ability to run Android apps -- well at least four of them to start: Duolingo, Evernote, Sight Words and Vine.
September 11, 2014

During the Google I/O keynote in June, we learned that Chrome OS would soon offer select Android apps as part of their “App Runtime for Chrome” project. A few days later they put up a survey asking which apps we’d like to see first, a survey that is still up to this day.

So when will we actually see the first apps? Actually, the wait is over. Google has taken to its blog to announce the first four Android apps are arriving to Chrome OS users today:

  • Duolingo – a fun and free way to learn a new language before your next trip
  • Evernote – write, collect and find what matters to you, with a full-size keyboard and touchscreen
  • Sight Words – a delightful way for you to help improve your child’s reading skills
  • Vine – create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way

Interestingly enough, Flipboard didn’t make the cut just yet, even though it was originally demoed back in June. While four apps isn’t very many when you consider how big Google Play’s app library is, it’s still a start and could be just the beginning of big things to come. Google also mentions they’ll be working with “a select group of Android developers to add more of your favorite apps” in the months to come.

It’s also important to note that this isn’t a true porting effort, as basically Google has built the entire Android stack into Chrome OS. Ths means that it shouldn’t take long for us to see even more great apps brought over to Chrome OS. As for how you download them? You’l find them in the Chrome web store like any other Chrome OS app.

What do you think of this change, and what apps would you like to see next?