Sideloading Android APKs on Chrome OS to Get Easier And Faster

January 15, 2018
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To install an app via APK packages on Android smartphones and tablets is as easy as opening a switch from an unknown source in Settings. However, on Chrome OS, it may not be as easy to install an unknown source APK package. Before the operating system allows users to install applications from outside the Google Play store, users have to get around a number of obstacles to install third-party sources.

To install an unknown source APK package on Chrome OS, users must enable developer mode and disable startup authentication and other security features, and users must also press the key combination when the device starts up.

Obviously, this process is so complicated because Google wants to prevent users from randomly installing unknown sources of APK packages on Chrome OS, but this phenomenon will change soon.

A new code submission was found in Chrome Gerrit and the submission revealed that Google will soon allow Chrome OS users to enable or disable APK sideloading. This will make it easier for organizations or schools that already have Chrome OS devices to deploy applications to users without having to distribute them through the Google Play store.

If so, it is foreseeable that Google’s stance on Google Chrome’s installation of third-party source-specific APK files is changing and installing APK files on Chrome OS will be like on Android smartphones and tablets in the near future Just as fast and simple.

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