Run and install Android apps on Mac, Linux or Windows computers through ARChon , a modified version of Google’s App Runtime for Chrome. Google recently gave Chrome OS the ability to run Android apps with no porting required through “App Runtime for Chrome” (ARC). While the release came with a lot of limitations, a developer named Vladikoff, figured out how to run any Android app using Chrome OS through chromeos-apk.
Vladikoff developed ARChon, which lets you run unlimited number of Android apks on Chrome OS and any desktop platform that supports Chrome. Chrome OS works for Windows, Mac and Linux and thus you can finally run and install Android apps on those platforms.
You can see in the video below what it looks like running Android apps on Chrome.
ARChon depends on ARC, which is built using Google’s Native Client. The Native Client allows Chrome to run native codes safely within an Internet browser.
The install process is complicated, and takes a bit of work. You need to enable “developer mode” on Chrome and install unpacked extensions. You also need to modify Android apk files to load them into Chrome. On the top of that, you must have Chrome 37 or higher installed.
Guide on How to Run Android Apps in Chrome Browser Using ARChon
Download ARChon from https://bitbucket.org/vladikoff/archon/downloads.
In Chrome web browser, enable developer mode in by checking “Developer Chrome” in chrome://extensions and load the contents of uncompressed directory “vladikoff-archon-44bc9ba24037” through the button “Load unpacked extension” button.
To install Android-application load the apk file and extract its utility chromeos-apk with option “–archon“:
chromeos-apk com.imdb.mobile.apk --archon
Next, load the contents of a directory created by “Load unpacked extension” in chrome:// extensions.
This shows a potential future for Google where Android can be turned to a universal runtime that works from Android mobile phones, tablets, Chrome OS devices, and on any desktop computer with Chrome browser installed.
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