Google scratched its Play Store, Chrome OS integration announcement


As it turns out, Google did not announce that Play Store integration will be coming to Chrome OS. A description for a Google I/O breakout session shows that the company had originally planned to make the announcement on the opening day of I/O, but the announcement never came.

Today we announced that we’re adding the best mobile app experiences in the world, Android apps and the Google Play store, to the best browser in the world, Chrome! Come to this session and test your Android apps for Chrome OS. You will get hands on help from our friendly engineers on how to optimize your Android app for Chromebooks. Oh, and we will also be giving the first 50 developers to show up a free Chromebook so they can get a head start bringing their apps to Chrome!

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Since the announcement was not made, the session title and description were changed. Rather than focusing on how developers would be able to customize their apps for Chomebooks, it turned into a generic “Optimizing Android apps for productivity” session which focused on how developers could add multi-window, keyboard & trackpad support to their Android apps. Presumably, these productivity optimizations would also be needed to get Android apps running perfectly within Chome OS. 

In this session we will show you how to optimize your apps for select new features in Android M and Android N. This includes features as multi-window, keyboard & trackpad support. This will be a hands on session where you will learn and be able to test and optimize your apps with help from Google team members.

There’s no indication as to why Google didn’t announce the integration of the Play Store with Chrome OS, but we’re sure Google has its reasons. Do you think running Android apps on Chrome OS will make Google’s computer operating system a lot more appealing for those who just want a simple laptop experience?


Nick Gray
I'm a life-long tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC. After writing about tech for more than a decade, I jumped at the opportunity to take on the role of Editor in Chief at Phandroid. Please contact me at [email protected].

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