Google I/O on May 18 is expected to focus on the Chrome OS according to reports. The latest builds being tested on Chromebooks has been spotted to feature a cleaner user interface in line with Material Design and ability to get apps from Android’s Play Store. This will raise the stakes of the Chrome OS in the computer OS ecosystem.
With Version 51, Chrome OS and browser -- for Mac, Windows and Linux -- are expected to get access to Play Store and apps that come with it. It makes sense that Google makes Chrome’s Web Store a part of Play Store to have a single place to sell movies, apps, music and books.
A Reddit user spotted the “Enable Android apps to run on your Chromebook,” option that opened up Play Store with instructions but crashed, suggesting that the features is still in works. Chrome first received a set of Android apps in 2014. Then in 2015, via the ARC Welder, received the ability to run Android apps. And from the looks of it, will natively support Android apps in the near future.