Friday, September 12, 2014

Google Announces Android Apps for Chromebooks - Very Nice!!

Yesterday, Google Announced the first 4 Android Apps that are available for Chromebooks. This is really nice.

What got me excited was that Evernote was one of the first 4. Evernote is my main work and home tool so this was pretty cool to hear. I installed it on my Chromebook (Acer C720) and loved it - looks and works like the Android app. And the best part: OFFLINE SYNC! That's right, you can sync notebooks offline (premium users - well worth the $45 a year) just like in Android. This has now made my Chromebook the perfect device. Offline Google Apps (Gmail and Docs) and now Offline Evernote. I have no need for a windows laptop, even when I'm out of range of WiFi or 4G. I love it!

And, Google said more and more are coming. This is a great thing that shows that Google just keeps advancing their stuff

Here is the official announcement:  

First set of Android apps coming to a Chromebook near you
Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014

Chromebooks were designed to keep up with you on the go—they’re thin and light, have long battery lives, resume instantly, and are easy to use. Today, we're making Chromebooks even more mobile by bringing the first set of Android apps to Chrome OS:

Duolingo - a fun and free way to learn a new language before your next trip
Evernote - write, collect and find what matters to you, with a full-size keyboard and touchscreen
Sight Words - a delightful way for you to help improve your child's reading skills
Vine - create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way

These first apps are the result of a project called the App Runtime for Chrome (Beta), which we announced earlier this summer at Google I/O. Over the coming months, we’ll be working with a select group of Android developers to add more of your favorite apps so you’ll have a more seamless experience across your Android phone and Chromebook.

In the meantime, please tell us which of your favorite Android apps you’d like to see on your Chromebook.

Posted by Ken Mixter, Software Engineer & Josh Woodward, Product Manager (Android Dreamers)


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