At Google I/O, Android 12 and Material You may have been the major headliner but Chromebooks are getting some love too via Linux, PWA’s and the Google Play Store. During the ‘optimizing your Android Games and Apps’ session at Google I/O, Google’s Patrick Fuentes said that the company is looking to improve the discoverability of apps and games optimized for desktop-like experiences.
In the near future, Google will promote ‘high-quality’ For You tab on the Google Play Store that will contain the Chromebook optimized apps and games. The Play Store has started this effort already where the Apps section and Games section showcase a ‘Premium’ collection of apps and games optimized for Chromebooks.
We’re also improving the Play Store on Chrome OS to surface high-quality apps and games on the platform. This means that we’ll be putting apps and games that do the work to create great user experiences in front of Chromebook users.Patrick Fuentes, Chrome OS Developer Relations Team
Now developers have real incentive to optimize their apps for Chromebooks, since their apps will be considered ‘high-quality’ and receive better placement in the Play Store.