Back in September 2014, Google launched the “App Runtime for Chrome” (ARC), a tool that allowed developers to test their Android apps on any Chrome OS device. Today, the Android creators took things one step further and announced the ARC Welder, a tool that makes it possible for developers to test Android apps on any machine that can run the Google Chrome browser. In short, the new ARC Welder tool makes it possible to run Android apps on any desktop operating system such as Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux.

Although ARC Welder is primarily aimed at developers, anyone can go ahead and test drive Android apps in their Chrome browser. Just three things are required: the Android APK for the app, the Chrome Browser, and the ARC Welder tool. Following a quick setup process, the APK is converted into an app that can run inside the Google Chrome browser.

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