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Google Play Store to hit Chrome OS?

Google’s Chrome OS has become a worthwhile alternative to Windows for some users, offering a fast, cloud-based platform for computers.

But Google is planning to up the ante in a big way if a redditor’s find is to be believed.

Reddit user TheWiseYoda found a tickbox titled “enable Android Apps to run on your Chromebook”. The tickbox disappears after a second, but the user was able to screengrab the reference nonetheless.

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The user also found strings referencing the Google Play Store, along with the tagline “Over a million apps and games now available on your Chromebook”.

A second redditor dug a little deeper and was able to produce a splash screen for the Play Store on Chrome OS devices, providing some more evidence that the storefront was on its way.

It wouldn’t be the first time that Google dabbled with Android apps on its cloud-focused platform either.

The company released the ARC Welder tool last year, allowing users to sideload and test Android apps in their browser or on their Chrome OS computer.

However, this was meant for testing purposes rather than widespread usage. Additionally, the sideloading method of installing Android apps isn’t quite as user-friendly as accessing apps via the Play Store.

With the storefront seemingly on its way soon then, you have to wonder just how many apps will be compatible with Chromebooks…

Another question worth pondering is whether this will help Google shift Chromebooks.

Feature image: InauspiciousPagan via Reddit

Author Bio

Hadlee Simons
Terrible puns make Hadlee Simons difficult to work with, but he brings over seven years of tech journalism experience to the table. When he's not at work or watching motorsport, he's in the foetal position on a jiu jitsu mat. More