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Last year at Google I/O developer event, Google launched a limited beta “App Runtime for Chrome” (ARC) project, which now expanded to run millions of Android apps within Chrome browser.


Google has released a new developer tool called App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) Welder that allows Android apps to run on Chrome for Linux, Windows, and OS X systems.


App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) was an early experiment specifically designed for app developers, but now anyone can download it.


Google Chrome’s ARC Welder app can now run any of your favorite Android apps like WhatsApp, Candy Crush, Angry Birds, all from your Chrome web browser.


ARC welder tool operates via some special runtime implemented using Native Client (NaCl) in-browser binary execution tech.


Native Client is a Chrome sandboxing technology that allows Chrome plugins and apps to run at near-native speeds, taking full advantage of the system’s CPU and GPU.


Google ported complete Android stack to Native Client, allowing Android apps to run on most major operating systems.


Google ARC welder tool is based on Android 4.4, but there are some limitations:

  • you can load only one app at a time
  • you have to select portrait or landscape layout
  • you need to choose, whether you want the app to run on phone- or tablet-style.



  1. Install the latest Google Chrome browser.
  2. Download and run the ARC Welder app from the Chrome Store.
  3. Add third party APK file host.
  4. After downloading APK app file to your PC, click Open.
  5. Select the mode -> “Tablet” or “Phone” -> in which you want to run your app.
  6. Finally, click the “Launch App” button.


I have personally tried this tool before writing, and some of my favorite Android apps work pretty well.


You can follow official detailed instructions released by Google for app developers to use ARC and test Android app for use on Chrome OS devices.

It’s been a long time coming, but now the users of Firefox and Opera browsers don’t need to rely on the Chrome browser to access WhatsApp Web client, as the most popular smartphone messaging service has announced that the Web-based version of its service now works on Firefox and Opera web browsers too.

Almost a month ago, WhatsApp launched the web client of its service but the access was limited only to the Google Chrome users. Now, the company is giving more choices to desktop users by launching WhatsApp Web Today for Opera and Firefox browsers, though you’ll still have to wait a little long if you’re a Safari user.

WhatsApp Web is nothing than an extension of the core mobile WhatsApp application. It syncs conversations from your smartphone devices to your PCs, with everything stored on the mobile device itself.

In order to install WhatsApp web in your PC or laptop running Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Opera browsers, you need to follow same steps, as the sign-up process is the same as with Chrome browser:
Interested WhatsApp users simply need to open Chrome and navigate to http://web.whatsapp.com
A QR code will appear on the web page, which must be scanned using WhatsApp mobile application to activate the service.
By scanning the QR code that appears, users will automatically have paired their mobile WhatsApp with the WhatsApp web client, as shown.
For now, WhatsApp Web only works with Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices, but unfortunately, iPhones still don’t have the capability to scan the WhatsApp Web QR code because there’s no web solution at this time for iOS users because of limitations of the platform.

Currently, WhatsApp has 700 million users sending 30 billion messages per day, and is bigger than most of its competitors, including Facebook Messenger, Line and WeChat. Now, this new WhatsApp web client available for a wider range of browsers will definitely increase its market.