How To Run Android Apps On a Mac or PC With Google Chrome
Google is expanding its beta project to allow Android apps to run on Windows, OS X, and Linux. It’s an early experiment designed primarily for developers, but anyone can now download an APK of an existing Android app and launch it on a Windows / Linux PC, Mac, or Chromebook.
How to get it working:
- Download the ARC Welder Chrome web browser App.
- Obtain Android apps in APK format. An easy way to download apps from the Google Play Store is to use http://downloader-apk.com/ or http://apps.evozi.com/apk-downloader/ web services. Explained here
- Open ARC Welder, attach your APK, and select your options. Click Launch App to test your app.
ARC is based on Android 4.4, meaning a lot of standalone apps are immediately compatible. Most of the hot, popular apps work pretty good such as Twitter, Facebook, FB Messenger, Flipboard, Instagram, Candy Crush, etc. Of course, trying to use the camera in apps will immediate force the app to crash, and keyboard commands aren’t always recognized properly. The biggest issue is that most apps are simply designed for touch, or in the case of games to use a phone’s accelerometer.
Developers can now run their Android apps on phones, tablets, PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, and even Linux-powered devices, and that’s a big opportunity that will likely result in a lot of these apps arriving in the Chrome Web Store in the near future. [via theverge]