The number of apps developed for Android is well over a million. That’s a lot of apps. Fortunately, you can experience Android on any platform that supports Chrome (almost all).
How to Run Your First App:
Step 1: Install or update Chrome browser to the latest version. Chrome allows the apps to run as “extensions.”
Step 2: Install an extension from Google called ARC Welder. This app can turn Android Apps (.apk files) into chrome extensions.
Step 3: Download an app. It is as simple as searching “appname apk”. For example, Tumblr.
These apps work: Tumblr, Puffin Browser, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Amazon, Duolingo, Wattpad
These apps don’t work: Google Apps (Google +, YouTube, etc.) and Facebook Apps (Facebook, Messenger), Spotify
Step 4: Copy and paste this link into Chrome, and then hit enable on the highlighted one that says Native Client: chrome://flags/#enable-nacl
Step 5: Open App Welder. It will ask where you want it to save, just choose wherever is most convenient. Then it will ask for the apk file. Choose it and wait.
Step 6: Choose how you want to view your app. I like Landscape Fullscreen, personally. You don’t have to change any settings other than the top two. Then hit download zip NOT test. (If you did, it would be fine, you would just have to go back and hit test.)
Step 7: Unzip the file’s contents (should be 5 things) into a folder. Then navigate to: chrome://extensions/
Step 8: Click pack extension, and the folder containing the five items you unzipped. Then hit pack extension.
Step 9: You can delete the .pem file. Then, drag your .crx file onto the chrome://extensions/ page and wait for a pop up and hit add app. It will only work if you are on the extensions page.
Step 10: Done! Hit the app in the launcher to try it out and see if it works. (Apps are in chrome://apps in Mac and Windows and under the search pop up in ChromeOS)