As teased at I/O 2014, Google has now released the first set of Android applications, which can be installed on Chrome OS devices. These applications use Google’s App runtime for Chrome functionality to work on the Chrome OS.
According to Google, the Android applications, which can now be grabbed from Chrome Webstore, include Evernote, Vine, Duolingo and Sight Words. These apps will work as well on Chrome OS as you have come to expect them on Android. The interface and features are the same but Google’s app runtime makes sure that the app adapts itself to play nice with keyboard or mouse input instead of the intended touch input on Android as not all Chrome OS devices are touch-enabled.
The search giant has also stated that it will be working with more developers to bring others popular applications like Flipboard to the platform.
As Android offers a boatload of readymade native applications, which are available for porting with little tweaks, Chrome OS will have a host of great apps to use in the coming months and years.
Here is a quick recap of Google’s announcement of this initiative from Google I/O: