Google originally released its ARC Welder project back in September of last year, allowing a limited, select group of developers to run Android mobile apps on desktop PCs.
Now it is possible to run Android apps on desktop computers running with Google's Chrome browser. Google has come up with an impending solution that lets Android apps run on any machine with Google's Chrome internet browser.
Dubbed as the Google Arch Welder, it runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS all thanks to Native Client ("NaCL"). Basically, it is a Chrome extension that's designed to be a developer tool. Users who have an access to the Chrome browser can install and run a number of Android apps within your browser.
"The App Runtime for Chrome (Beta), or ARC, lets you run your favorite Android apps on Chrome OS. By following these steps, you can try out the App Runtime for Chrome (Beta) during this Developer Preview. Open ARC Welder, attach your APK and select your options. Click Launch App to test your app. When testing, file a bug if something doesn't work," wrote the Google devs.
It's pretty easy to setup, and we've come up with a step-by-step guide to help you run Android Apps in Chrome with Google ARC.
Here we go!
Download the Google Arc Welder
Go to the Chrome Store and download the Arc Welder. It comes in at 11.83MB and runs just like any other Chrome app. Once installed, it can be open via the Chrome app launcher.
Download the app
Now, you need to add an.apk app file. Add a third-party APK file host such as APKMirror.com.
Test your app
Once you have your .apk app file downloaded to your PC, click the button shown (picture below), navigate to the file on your computer, and click "Open."
Now, you can choose between "Portrait" and "Landscape" modes, and you can choose whether you'd like your app to run as if it were running in "Tablet" mode or "Phone" mode. Alternatively, there's another option to maximize the window.
Launch the app
Once you've configured your settings as per your liking, click the "Launch App" button.