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Android apps on Chrome OS show the failure of the web as an application platform

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What is Chrome OS, anyway?

There was once a version of the PC game Bastion made with Native Client that worked in Chrome, but it seems it s now been removed from the Chrome Web Store.

Native Client has no real links to web technologies at all—it s a sandbox for safely running code written in the C or C programming languages in a browser.

Google s announcement touts the growth and advantages of Chromebooks, but says users want to do more:

We ve been encouraged by this growth, but our users have often told us that they would like to do even more with their Chromebooks—run more apps, use Office files more easily, connect with a variety of apps, and do more when they re offline.

Android devices already want to rely on the web less.

You ll be able to quickly find and open an app without installing it—just like a webpage.

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