Google ARC Welder now Free to everyone - Run Android Apps on PC or Mac.
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Google ARC Welder now Free to everyone - Run Android Apps on PC or Mac.

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Found 6th Apr 2015
Google’s ARC Welder allows users to run Android apps through Chrome browser on any OS

A minor revolution in the apps world, Google’s new ARC Welder software allows users to run Android mobile apps through the Chrome browser on any operating system: Windows, Mac OS, Linux, or of course Chrome OS.

To bring your favorite Android apps to a PC or Mac, simply install the Chrome browser and a program called ARC Welder. Once opened, the latter program requests access to an APK file that corresponds to the app you wish to run.

Initially accessible only to developers, ARC Welder is now available to the general public through the Chrome Web Store.

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I didn't know there was such a thing. that's great thanks.

Thanks for heads up! :-)

Very cool!

Thanks

Bluestack does the same and has done for ages......lol but will give it ago....

Looks like I'll be sticking with BlueStacks for the moment, Arc Welder doesn't work for me.

OS: Windows 7 Pro - Browser: Google Chrome 42
Error Message: "This application is not supported on this computer. Installation has been disabled. The following problems have been detected: This app runs only on Chrome OS"

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weta46

Looks like I'll be sticking with BlueStacks for the moment, Arc Welder … Looks like I'll be sticking with BlueStacks for the moment, Arc Welder doesn't work for me.OS: Windows 7 Pro - Browser: Google Chrome 42Error Message: "This application is not supported on this computer. Installation has been disabled. The following problems have been detected: This app runs only on Chrome OS"



Chrome 42 - Looks like your running a beta version of the latest Chrome
Edited by: "Happydundee" 6th Apr 2015

Inb4 Apple introduce the industry leading revolutionary innovative genius project where, believe it or not, you can run IOS apps on Mac.

Anyway, definitely hot!

ok with current sales on games such as xcom enemy within will chrome support such titles? i dont see why not but thats some serious work

delboyd

Inb4 Apple introduce the industry leading revolutionary innovative genius … Inb4 Apple introduce the industry leading revolutionary innovative genius project where, believe it or not, you can run IOS apps on Mac. Anyway, definitely hot!


go away

Just tried it with K9 email on Chrome OS 42 Beta and works well.

Recommend Andy Android emulator if you're not running Chrome - andyroid.net/

How do I get the TV channels to work using Mobdro app?. Is their a decoder can I use support it?.

Very nice!

This application is not supported on this computer. Installation has been disabled. The following problems are detected:
This app runs only on Chrome OS

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frunk

This application is not supported on this computer. Installation has been … This application is not supported on this computer. Installation has been disabled. The following problems are detected:This app runs only on Chrome OS



I have no problems running on Windows 8.1 with chrome 41. What you running?

Eadfrith

go away



Haha Apple user I assume..

So, other than novelty factor, why would I want to run Android apps in my browser? Serious question.

baalberith

How do I get the TV channels to work using Mobdro app?. Is their a … How do I get the TV channels to work using Mobdro app?. Is their a decoder can I use support it?.




mine works on Mobdro

rjardine3

Bluestack does the same and has done for ages......lol but will give it … Bluestack does the same and has done for ages......lol but will give it ago....



TRUE!, I agree, & it does too!, but ... UNLESS your prepared to do a wee bit of 'Underground Searching'?, Bluestacks COSTS MONEY!, & this one costs NOWT!, so ..... lol.

amour3k

TRUE!, I agree, & it does too!, but ... UNLESS your prepared to do a wee … TRUE!, I agree, & it does too!, but ... UNLESS your prepared to do a wee bit of 'Underground Searching'?, Bluestacks COSTS MONEY!, & this one costs NOWT!, so ..... lol.

blustack has always been free. It's very laggy and slow, it's like running an old Android tab, but it's definitely free.

ferple

So, other than novelty factor, why would I want to run Android apps in my … So, other than novelty factor, why would I want to run Android apps in my browser? Serious question.

those movie apps, games, email clients, editing apps, endless really.

delboyd

Inb4 Apple introduce the industry leading revolutionary innovative genius … Inb4 Apple introduce the industry leading revolutionary innovative genius project where, believe it or not, you can run IOS apps on Mac. Anyway, definitely hot!



You ARE AWARE that the 'original' iOS Operating System was 'BUILT' on the 'Engine' of Mac OS right!, so ..... (kinda a 'non-brainer' for me as to why then ANYONE should assume anything other then it being all but garanteed to like 'work' then?, or ..... )

Same thang in comparison with that of Google Chrome Browser, & Google Android, no?, the same TWO Technologies are owned by the same ONE Company too, so ..... (a form of 'backward compatability' if u will?, something similar to that what Microsoft have attempted to do with ALLLL their product line products for many years now also ..... )

What can I say? .. looks like a 'standard' way of how stuffs are done these days I guess?, lol. :-)

I saw this ARC Technology on a Website yesterday, didnt give it too much thought at the time? (didnt read it properly at the time too tough ..... )

Looks kinda cooooooool still lool. :-)

I will look into it some more now still ..... lol. :-)

Just had a quick play. BlueStacks seems much better... maybe if you're on a ChromeBook it's your only option but, not on PC.

Edit
Although, having apps launch just like an app from your Window's taskbar is pretty handy, whereas, BlueStacks is like a full emulated Android device.

Things to note are that Arc Welder has high single core usage which might drain your battery quickly on a laptop. BlueStakcs uses a lot of RAM, so be sure you have enough... 4GB should be enough but it might slow your machine down with other stuff open at the same time.
Edited by: "MadeInBeats" 7th Apr 2015

delboyd

Haha Apple user I assume..

No a Unix user!!

ferple

So, other than novelty factor, why would I want to run Android apps in my … So, other than novelty factor, why would I want to run Android apps in my browser? Serious question.



Those very cheap £50 windows tablets? Or, say, a joggler running linux (though Android on joggler now works really well). Or a little wemo on-off button.

Not mainstream I agree, but more than a few niche uses.

Thanks

could someone Arc Quickpic for me please. Keeps crashing on my Windows Tablet. Thanks.

It would be nice if Chrome worked on the Playbook.

Bluestacks in a sandbox to keep Google out of my face.

Brilliant app cheers OP.
Mobdro working no problem Version 41.0.2272.118 m of chrome.
http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu184/stobbsy79/mobdro_zpsaxenna0g.jpg

great find for the stream 7

Managed to install showbox and download and view a tv episode. Question is where did the "downloaded episode" get located on the pc?
It's not in the Arc folder created when it was installed.

That's cool, thanks a lot!

So it's asking me to add my apk, so I nipped onto google store but cannot see an option to download any of my apps? Anyone any ideas?

Lawlost

So it's asking me to add my apk, so I nipped onto google store but cannot … So it's asking me to add my apk, so I nipped onto google store but cannot see an option to download any of my apps? Anyone any ideas?



1. Download an app called apkshare from the Google playstore using your Android device

2. Open the app and once all your apps have been loaded, select the app you want to test with Arc and hit backup

3. Connect your Android device to your PC and open the apkshare folder

4. Drag the apk you backed up to somewhere on your pc

5. Now point Arc Welder to that apk

forcedv

1. Download an app called apkshare from the Google playstore using your … 1. Download an app called apkshare from the Google playstore using your Android device2. Open the app and once all your apps have been loaded, select the app you want to test with Arc and hit backup3. Connect your Android device to your PC and open the apkshare folder4. Drag the apk you backed up to somewhere on your pc5. Now point Arc Welder to that apk



Many thanks

forcedv

Managed to install showbox and download and view a tv episode. Question … Managed to install showbox and download and view a tv episode. Question is where did the "downloaded episode" get located on the pc?It's not in the Arc folder created when it was installed.




now if only someone can answer this?

dude786

great find for the stream 7

It crashes on mine whenever I point it to an app; or it just hangs.
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