There are people who love the zippy Google Chrome browser and there are many who love the wide range of Android apps available in Google Play Store. What if they could merge under the same roof?
A while ago, Microsoft was said to be mulling over an idea where they could simply port all existing Android apps and games for their Windows 10 app store. The idea is to quickly populate the store with a lot of apps so that people would stop complaining about the lack of choices they have.
Porting content might work but there are copyright issues that they have to put up with which is why Microsoft dropped the idea of an emulator. Instead, they are planning to introduce simple, open source creation tools based on Java and Visual Basic that allow developers to create apps for all platforms at once, with ease.
Google is now a step ahead as they have launched the “App Runtime for Chrome” shortly known as ARC. Keeping the technical details aside, all that you need to know is that it lets you run Android apps through a Chrome browser on Windows PC.
Simply download the ARC Welder app for Chrome in here – https://developer.chrome.com/apps/getstarted_arc.
You can get the APK files from the Play Store or from trusted third party websites. The app will allow you to choose portrait or landscape mode as well as the choice to run an app in tablet or smartphone style.
Only one APK can be loaded at a time. The concept is similar to emulators and you can easily run majority of the apps on a Chrome browser on your Windows PC. It doesn’t take more than a minute for the Welder app to read the APK and render the content on a computer. Once developers start optimizing their apps for ARC, it will be more seamless than it is now.