Chrome OS may soon allow sideloading Android apps without Developer Mode

Chrome OS may soon allow sideloading Android apps without Developer Mode

Chrome OS is about to borrow another feature from Android

Chrome Story spotted that notification badges are on their way to Chrome OS in the near future, based on some hunting around in recent code updates.

The procedure to sideload apps on Android-powered smartphones and tablets is simple enough.

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Sideloading apps involves installing apps from third-party App Stores or anywhere other than the Google Play Store.

Just because it can install Android apps doesn't make Chromebooks Android devices. Fortunately, it appears that Google might make it easier for users to do this soon.

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This may lead to Google allowing normal users to sideload apps as well, without the need for enabling Developer Mode. They first have to disable boot verification and other security features. Then on certain Chromebook models, they also must input a special code as the device boots up so the mode can be enabled.

Thankfully, it looks like that could change soon, at least for schools and businesses. The indication is that the badges would work for both Android apps and web apps inside Chrome OS. When the feature is live, Chrome OS administrators will be able to toggle APK sideloading on and off on fleets of devices with a simple switch. It's possible Google can enable this feature for all Chromebook users, even those who aren't enterprise users or aren't part of a company or organization with administrators managing their computers. Now, there's a new, more user-friendly trusted sources mechanism that allows users to manually grant install permissions to individual apps.

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