Running Android apps in Chrome on Windows 10

Google has been working on a system for running Android apps on Chromebooks for a couple of years now. Since the underlying technology is roughly the same, it’s possible to run Android apps in Windows, using the Chrome browser as a host.

You will need the ARC Welder app from Chrome Web Store. I had to download this twice for it to work. The first download was large (120Mb), presumably the runtime, and didn’t seem to install properly. On the second attempt it was a more modest 12Mb, and then worked fine.

Once the second attempt is complete, a new icon appears in the apps panel (available from chrome://apps )

When launched, the app requires an Android APK (packaged app) to work. I’ve been playing with a traffic management game in development called Traffic Lanes 3. The author publishes APKs as they continue to grow the game, which is perfect here.

As it happens, I find the editor tools on this game a bit fiddly on a tablet, and prefer a mouse. The developer has stated they have no plans to produce a desktop version, and frankly if ARC Welder continues to cover this gap there seems little point.

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