(+) Running Android Genealogy Apps on a Chromebook

The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

I have written a number of times about Chromebooks, the low-cost laptop computers that boot up quickly, are simple to use, never get viruses, and perform the computer tasks that many computer owners want. (Go to https://goo.gl/TsSWQ5 to find my earlier Chromebook articles.) These $150 to $300 laptop computers are very useful for a very specific type of computer user—someone who spends most of his or her time using the Web and Web-centric services. These days, a lot of people fall into that category, including myself.

I love my Asus Flip C100P Chromebook and use it often. Chromebooks are not for everyone, but they have become very popular, amongst the hottest-selling laptops on Amazon and from other retailers. As of the time I write these words, a Chromebook is the third most popular laptop sold by Amazon. (See http://goo.gl/y7TWud for Amazon’s Chromebook sales figures.)

One of the weaknesses of Chromebooks has been the lack of good genealogy apps. That has now changed. Here is a screenshot showing the MyHeritage app for Android computers running in a full-sized screen on my Asus Flip C100P Chromebook:

 

MyHeritage_app_on_Chromebook

As described in my earlier article, Another Reason Why a Genealogist Might Want to Buy a Chromebook, Google’s Chrome platform is in the process of adding support for Android apps, instantly giving Chromebook users access to tens of thousands of Android applications found in the Google Play store. Among these thousands of Android apps you can find quite a few genealogy apps, including those from MyHeritage, FamilySearch, RootsMagic, Heredis, GedStar Pro, Find-A-Grave, Ancestry.com, and independent producers alike. Most of these apps are available free of charge with a very few exceptions. (You are always asked for permission before downloading and installing anything that requires payment. You will never inadvertently be charged.)

The capability of running Android apps is in early beta test right now, which is open to everyone. Once Android apps are added to the thousands of Chrome apps already available, the Chromebooks will become more attractive than ever, especially to genealogists.

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