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April 4, 2015

Google release Arc Welder allows Android apps to run on Windows, Macs and Linux

Arc_WelderGoogle has released Arc Welder, an app that lets Android apps run on any machine that can run its Chrome browser.

Arc Welder – What’s in a name?

How they came to call it ‘Arc Welder’, we’re not sure but, it seems to fit, ARC gets its name from App Runtime for Chrome, which works as a wrapper around Android software. and Welder we assume means to be able to run Android apps on Windows, Macs and Linux, by adding Google play services.

Brief history of Arc

Arc was first released in late 2014 as a way for Android apps to run on machines running Google’s Chrome operating system. The OS is used on many netbooks and other small machines made by Google and some of its hardware partners.

Now Google has released Arc Welder, which converts Android apps into versions that can be used with the Chrome browser, not just the OS. With Welder it has also added support for many Google Play services so when apps are converted they do not lose access to payment systems, maps and other functions they expect.

Google OS boss Sundar Pichai said:

“These applications were built for Android for the phone, so we want them to work when there is a mouse, keyboard and touch events, et cetera. For developers, we want this to work with as little modifications as possible”

In its developer documentation, Google said the underlying technology for Arc Welder meant converted apps should run almost as quickly as they did on a phone or tablet.

With Arc Welder Google, it is seeking a way to help developers get their creations onto as many machines as possible, but one developer was not sure it would accomplish that aim.

Note: If you do not have any ARC Apps, installing ARC Welder will automatically download and install ARC, a large (11.83MB) one time download.

You can get Arc Welder from the web store here

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini