Play Store on Chrome OS Official?

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Yes, the question mark is supposed to be in the title. After yesterday’s keynote and no news on Google’s plans for Chromium and Chrome people were desperate to find out if the play store would be coming to Chrome OS as had been heavily rumoured.

We are on site at Google I/O and had planned to go to stage 5 at 4pm to attend the “Bring your Android App to Chrome OS” talk to get the latest news on how and when Android apps would be making their way to Chromium based machines. The blurb below even suggests we might get a free Chromebook!

Today we announced that we’re adding the best mobile app experiences in the world, Android apps and the Google Play store, to the best browser in the world, Chrome! Come to this session and test your Android apps for Chrome OS. You will get hands on help from our friendly engineers on how to optimize your Android app for Chromebooks. Oh, and we will also be giving the first 50 developers to show up a free Chromebook so they can get a head start bringing their apps to Chrome!

Unfortunately in the hours in between the schedule has changed again to “Optimizing Android apps for productivity” which will focus on helping developers make the most out of the new productivity features in Android N. Now something very strange is going on here, is it also just a coincidence that the previous talk has been replaced by an Android specific talk that focuses on productivity? People prefer using Chromium OS-based produced due to the increased productivity features are Google looking to improve Android to the point they no longer need Chromium?

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