The floodgates open: Tool lets Android apps run on computers with Chrome

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Sometimes being open is a blessing and a curse.

Take the new App Runtime for Chrome (ARC): It’s a software beta [company]Google[/company] created to get Android apps running on Chrome OS devices, with four initial apps supported. Once ARC hit the wild though, it quickly turned into a way to get nearly any Android app running on Chromebooks and Chromeboxes. And from there, all sense of control was lost because the ARC can now be used to run Android apps on a PC or Mac that has the Chrome browser installed.

Google surely wanted to take things slow here, and officially, it has. Since both the Android and Chromium OS platforms are relatively open, however, you can’t have it both ways: You can either control the code and experience or you can’t.

We chat in detail about ARC and Android apps on Chrome extensively on this week’s Chrome Show podcast so tune in below to hear more or download the podcast here.

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