Eager to run Android apps on your Mac or PC? Google's new extension makes it not only possible, but also easy as 1, 2, 3.
Below you will find a simple step-by-step guide on how to run and use Android apps in your browser. The process is designed for developers who do not own an Android device, but want to test their mobile apps.
Please keep in mind that we are not responsible for any damage caused by running apps obtained from unknown sources.
- Download the ARC Welder app and install it in Google Chrome.
- Prepare your app's APK file.
- Run the ARC Welder app from Chrome's app launcher.
- Add your APK file.
- Select screen orientation and layout mode (phone or tablet).
- Launch the app.
That's it! The ARC Welder app is based on Android 4.4, which means it's compatible with thousands of applications out there. There are some exceptions (for example Gmail and Play Store, which ask for missing software components), but most apps work better than expected.
The ARC runtime offers very smooth performance and supports some hardware-specific features like touchpad gestures and mouse scrolling. There are some downsides, though. Certain apps crash immediately after start up and sometimes the runtime won't recognise keyboard commands.
We're very impressed with Chrome's new runtime. It will probably make its way to Chrome OS and give Chromebook owners access to millions of quality apps available in the Play Store. Now that's something to look forward to.