Android Apps on Chrome OS
Watch this short video to get a feel of how Android Apps integrate on ChomeOS through the Google Play Store:
Which devices are compatible?
The Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, and Chromebases that will be able to install Android apps are listed below. Roll-out of Android Apps is done on a device-per-device basis as it is dependent on a number of factors including the hardware platform that the device is based on and each device must be compatible with Android.
Official compatibility list: chromium.org/dev/systems-supporting-android-apps
ChromeOS developer mode
In order to sideload AKPs onto your Chromebook, you must put it into developer mode. WARNING: Enabling (and disabling) Developer Mode will powerwash (aka wipe) your device clean. All the user accounts and all your files be removed. Make sure you have backups! Also, Developer mode “may void your warranty”, so proceed on your own risk.
To boot into Developer Mode, shut down your device and turn it back on by holding ESC, REFRESH and POWER for a number of seconds. When the boot splash comes up, press CTRL D to skip forward.
After you have logged in again, you can now access BASH by typing “SHELL” into CROSH, which itself can be accessed through CTRL ALT T.
Through “SUDO SU” you can give yourself root access for the session and freely poke around the system. This includes the possibility to examine the game files and logs, which can be found here:
To sideload APKs, you have to “Allow Unknown Sources” in the Security menu in your Google Play settings, just like you would with any regular Android installation. You can then load your APKs onto an SD card or a USB thumb drive, insert them into your machine, right click on the APK, and install them. Uninstallation is handled through right clicks in the App Drawer.
ChromeOS Developer Mode Video
Watch the whole procedure: