Chromebooks are equipped to run Android apps, but mainly just ones from the Google Engage in Retailer — if you required to put in a thing that is not officially sanctioned, you’d commonly have to have to flip your unit into a far a lot less safe Developer Manner and/or beam it around from a tethered mobile phone. That will not be the circumstance with Chrome OS 80, however — that release will enable developers to deploy apps specifically to their individual Chromebook, according to Google.
Google tells us that this attribute won’t let end people to sideload Android apps, while, as we and other publications initially advised — it’s technically not sideloading in the traditional sense of downloading and installing an APK file at all, but fairly installing your personal application working with Google’s developer tools on the exact same Chromebook you presumably designed it on.
That suggests it is not fairly the extended-awaited sideloading aspect that AboutChromebooks’ Kevin Tofel, who noticed the news at Google’s Android Dev Summit, described on previously today. Possibly sideloading is coming in a foreseeable future variation of Chrome OS, but it does not seem to be Chrome OS 80.
Correction, October 24th at 12:15AM ET: Added data from Google that this is not truly sideloading in the common, consumer-experiencing sense.