Ars Technical reports that there is evidence that Android apps in the Chrome browser is set for a huge upgrade soon, with ChromeOS code including the string:
Choose from over a million apps and games on Google Play to install and use on your Chromebook.
ChromeOS settings also includes a new tick box “Allow Android apps to run on your Chromebook”.
It is expected that these Android apps will not be confined to Chromebooks, but also be available on the Windows Desktop via Chrome’s Native Client sandbox.
The arrival of the apps would present a challenge to Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform, as it would mean Android apps would now serve both Windows and mobile (with the vast majority of Windows users also using Android phones). On the other hand it would be a great boost for Windows itself, meaning users would not need to leave their desktop (where they may be writing an essay or using a full-function browser) to access mobile-only apps such as WhatsApp or Snapchat.
It is however not confirmed yes that these apps will be coming to the Chrome browser, but their arrival may be just the shot in the arm Windows needs.