Chromebooks are making the shift from consumption and web first machines to capable developer tools that can be used to create apps for users. With the addition of Linux apps, devs can now build Android apps on their devices. Now, Google wants to make deploying an app easier. Chrome OS 80 will add the option for Android developers to install and test their apps on Chrome OS devices before releasing it to the wild.

It always seemed ridiculous that you could build Android apps on Chromebooks and not run them without first jumping through the firm’s insecure developer mode or other hoops, and Google seems poised to fix that flaw before Christmas.

Unfortunately for consumers, you won’t be able to sideload and install regular apps on Chromebooks like you can do on Android phones, making it an odd omission on an otherwise flexible platform.

Source: About Chromebooks, The Verge 

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