It’s probably the biggest announcement to come out of Google I/O 2016 so far: the ability to run Android apps on Chrome OS. It’s been rumored for awhile now and while things are still very early (the feature isn’t technically going to be available until next month via the developer channel), the guys at The Verge are providing a quick hands-on of the feature running on the Chromebook Pixel.
Everything works as it should, arguably better than if it was on an (older) Android device. That’s because the apps run natively on Chrome OS, leveraging the full power of the laptop’s hardware to play games, edit photos, and share them with other apps. Again, it’s still in the early stages but Google’s recent announcement of Instant Apps makes this feature all the more compelling. With Chromebooks now more popular than Macs, the market share is there, something developers are sure to take notice.