An­droid apps that could trans­form Chrome­books

For Chrome OS to be the new Win­dows, it needs apps that per­form like they be­long on the desk­top. Derek Wal­ter re­veals those we’d like to see

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The Google Play Store is com­ing to a Chrome­book near you, but for this to re­ally make a ma­jor dif­fer­ence in how we use Chrome OS, it’s go­ing to take the right apps. Plus, they need to do more than just look and per­form like blown-up phone apps. For the OS to be a gamechanger, it will need An­droid apps that are re­pur­posed to of­fer more than their web coun­ter­parts. Time is run­ning out for de­vel­op­ers though, be­cause the Google Play Store is al­ready rolling out to the Asus Chrome­book Flip in the de­vel­oper chan­nel ver­sion of Chrome 53. Af­ter a stopover on the Chrome­book Pixel (2015 model only) and Acer Chrome­book R11/C738T, Google will start to make the Play Store avail­able on sev­eral other Chrome­books later this year. But if An­droid app de­vel­op­ers do it right, then it won’t be long be­fore your Chrome­book is a sub­stan­tially more pow­er­ful com­puter than it is right now. Al­low us to re­veal the An­droid apps we want to see.

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