While it’s good news for Chrome OS users to be able to run Android apps, there are still some limitations in their use. The first is that the installed app is limited to the Google Play Store app, and the second is that Chrome OS can carry APK files on the same side as Android phones, but the feature is limited to developers and Chromebooks running developer mode. Now, for temporary users, there is finally a solution.
In Google’s view, side-mounted Android APK files can be used as a developer tool to allow developers to test the Android app’s performance on the Chromebook before it is released to the Play Store. As a result, Google officials have previously required Chromebooks to go into developer mode, which usually requires erasing and potentially causing system intrusions. Now themedia Aboutbooks has reported a new way to get Chrome OS users to skip the APK file in this way without the developer mode.
First and foremost, Chromebook has enabled support for Linux, installing and using Android SDK tools for Linux, especially Android Bug Bridge ( adb). The whole process is basically using the command line adb tool to push and install APK files to Chrome OS’s Android subsystem, the same principle as the user sends APK files to the Android phone on the desktop device. This is the only way to install a non-Play Store app.
Obviously this process requires some hands-on capability, but given Google’s previous statements, it is unlikely that users will be prevented from using this approach to side-load non-Play Marketplace apps. To remind users, however, the lock screen will always show that you have installed an application that is not Google-certified.