Q: What is the deal with Android app backup on Chromebook? Will app backup and restore work on Chrome?
A: Yes! It's the full Android framework, with support for app backup and restore APIs.
The Chrome sync engine will sync your Android settings between Chrome devices, too.
If multiple users are using the Chromebook, you won't have to load the apps twice, too. They'll exist on both accounts.
There's a lot of work going on on the Android side to abstract the Android hardware to facilitate updates. No specific answer about keeping the Android layer up to date though.
Q from friend of the site Jason Howell: What about Android Instant Apps on Chrome OS?
A: Instant Apps should theoretically just work but there is no commitment to the process right now.
Q: What about security? Android's reputation for security hasn't always been as sound as Chrome.
A: Schools and organizations can control what is available to install from the Play Store on Chrome. Lots of granular controls.
In addition to the security features on Android, like SE Linux, there are existing Chromebook security functions like Verified Boot and updates every six weeks.
Hiroshi Lockheimer admits that Android's biggest vulnerability continues to be lack of updates. That isn't the case on Chrome OS.
Android will benefit from having access to Chrome OS' update cycle.
Q: When deployed in work or education environment, is there a way to manage what is stored locally or the cloud?
A: Most people store data on the cloud, like Google Drive, already. But you can pick up any Chromebook and log into it as normal and all your Android apps will already be there.
Some of the data will need to be re-downloaded, but all of the apps will already be there.
Q: What about when apps expect there to be a camera, (or two cameras) or a GPS. And what happens when the hardware isn't present?
A: If an app requires a particular piece of hardware, the Play Store will just say that app isn't available for this particular piece of hardware.
In the case of GPS, the apps will still work, but won't rely on more battery-intensive granular GPS. The Chromebook can emulate that with Wi-Fi.
Google is also working with partners to ship future Chromebooks with sensors and other hardware that will have these pieces.
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