Last month, we got a very strong indication that Google is bringing its Android-based Google Play Store to Chromebooks. This could be a game changer. Would it affect your decision to buy one?
We’ve suspected this move was coming for a while. Google’s been working on getting Android apps to work in Chrome since 2014. As Ars Technica points out in a recent leak, Google could be planning to bring “over a million” Android apps to the platform very soon.
Bringing the Play Store to Chrome OS would be a massive infusion of apps for a platform that, despite steady improvements, still lacks in the app department.
Of course, we have yet to see how Google’s entire Play Store would work when brought over to Chrome OS. Still, supposing the apps work as well on a Chromebook as they do on Android devices, would that change your opinion? Do you think an infusion of local apps from a neighbouring ecosystem would make Chrome OS a compelling alternative to competing laptops? Or is it still no match for a laptop that’s been getting native apps since the start?