Google has added support for running Android apps via integration with the Google Play Store on many Chromebooks. Due to multiple legal and technical constraints, this functionality is not available on CloudReady. Currently, Neverware has no plans to add this functionality.
Google has added support for running Android apps via integration with the Google Play Store on many Chromebooks. Due to multiple legal and technical constraints, this functionality is not available on CloudReady.
Google's Chromium OS is open source, making it possible for a small organization like Neverware to provide a variant of it, CloudReady, as a fully supported, regularly updated option for those who don't want to purchase official Chromebooks. The work that Google and the wider Chromium community put into the Chromium/OS codebase fuels much of value in CloudReady. Unfortunately, not all aspects of Google's official Chrome OS is open source or part of Chromium OS. This includes some key components of the technology that allows Android Apps to run on Chrome OS.
The Android container-environment, among other critical components, are private, proprietary, and/or not licensed for re-distribution, creating both technical and legal boundaries to anyone supporting Android apps on Chromium OS except Google.
In addition, Google offers Android apps on Chromebooks via the Google Play Store, which is their secure, managed app store for Android. Integration with the Google Play Store requires passing a series of automated test and approval processes managed by Google on a per-device basis. CloudReady offers the freedom to install on any hardware you choose, which means that these tests cannot be passed for CloudReady in general, but would need to run against the impractically large number of of unique PC and Mac models running CloudReady.
Neverware is currently focused on providing other great features and options for expanded functionality on CloudReady, and has no plans to pursue support for the Google Play Store unless the restrictions and limitations described above change.