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
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.