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Android apps to run on Windows, Macs, Linux

Google has released a tool that lets Android apps run on any machine that can run its Chrome browser.

Called Arc Welder, the tool acts as a wrapper around Android apps so they can run on Windows, OSX and Linux machines. The software expands the places that Android apps can run and aims to make it easier for developers to get code working on different machines.

Arc Welder 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 said the underlying technology for Arc Welder meant converted apps should run almost as quickly as they did on a phone or tablet.

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