We heard about Android apps getting support and coming to Chromebooks before, and it appears today is the day that we start to see which are the first ones that we’ll end up getting to make use of when we use the Chromebook instead of our traditional laptops. There are already a great suite of apps available for Chromebooks through the Chrome web store, and the added capabilities of the offline mode for many of the core Google apps makes the devices incredibly useful, but the ability to begin using Android apps takes things up a notch and adds more functionality into them so users don’t have to use their phone or tablet.
The apps are available beginning today, and while not everyone that uses a Chromebook will be using these apps, many people might be and who knows, if you own a Chromebook perhaps now that you can use them maybe you’ll start. Google has started things off small with just four Android applications, which includes Vine for those of you that love to create little snippets of whatever creativity you have bubbling and need to share with the world, Duolingo which is an app that can help you easily learn a new language in a fun and simple way, Sightwords which you can use to help your child’s reading skills, and of course one that everyone is probably familiar with, Evernote which you can use to write things down like notes and save webpages so you can go back to them later when you need them.
This is just the first wave of Android apps for Chromebooks, and you can bet that more will be on their way in due time. Google announced the App Runtime for Chrome back in June at Google I/O, and right now App Runtime is in beta and has resulted in these first four apps. Google states that they’re working with select Android developers to bring more useful, fun, and great Android apps to Chrome over the coming months. Although we don’t have any idea when Google plans to add in more apps, whether it’ll be a few every month or a few months before we see a handful more, we know they’re coming which is great news for Chromebook users.