Home / News / Mobile Phone News / You can now run Android apps on your Windows desktop

You can now run Android apps on your Windows desktop


Android 5

Google has launched a new Chrome application that can run Android apps on your desktop computer.

It’s called ‘ARC Welder’, and it works with any system that has the Chrome browser installed – that means it works on Windows, Mac, Linux, and, of course, Chrome OS.

It’s a spin-off of Google’s App Runtime for Chrome (ARC), which allowed a small number of developers to run Android apps on Chrome OS.

The ARC is still in early beta right now, although the ARC Welder is free to use for anyone who wants to give it a try.

You can convert any Android .apk file using the software, although many apps might not be very well suited to a desktop experience.

It’s worth noting that ARC is based on Android 4.4 right now, not Google’s latest Android 5.0 Lollipop OS.

Related: Toshiba Chromebook 2 review

While it’s not yet clear what developers will come up with using the ARC Welder tool, this could be the beginning of a more unified Android ecosystem.

Microsoft is already well underway with Windows 10 development, which will see various Windows platforms unified under one banner, including mobile and desktop.

The ARC Welder will mean that developers can create apps that work on both mobile and desktop, which could signal an attempt on Google’s part to match Microsoft’s efforts.


April 2, 2015, 10:57 am

Just in time for the new Surface 3?

Paul Brasington

April 2, 2015, 11:00 am

Not sure how useful this will be in Windows, but it could fill a couple of holes in Linux - particularly the absence of a decent email client (Aquamail on my Android tablet is far nicer than any native Linux email app I've found).

Prem Desai

April 3, 2015, 3:26 pm

Nice one Google - probably not ready for the mainstream yet, but you can see where they are going.

I wonder is Microsoft have thought of developing something that will run iOS/Android apps under windows (mobile+desktop) ....?? Now that would be a winner ......


April 3, 2015, 5:33 pm

Bluestacks has allowed this for years. It should be a lot more mature than Google's offering.

Allan Manhire

April 3, 2015, 7:21 pm

This is good news and better strategy by Google


April 5, 2015, 8:17 pm

< my friend's mother makes $85 /hour on the computer . She has been without a job for six months but last month her payment was $12039 just working on the computer for a few hours. check out here >;<b­u­z­z-re­­v­iew­.­com>

comments powered by Disqus