Chrome OS Adds App Shortcuts For Android Apps Pinned To Your Dock

Google has been working diligently towards making Android apps fully functional on Chrome OS. Taking a step in that direction, they recently introduced App shortcuts, a fresh Android feature, to the Chrome OS dev channel.

Not long ago, Google revealed a feature on Android called App Shortcuts. This would allow you to perform quick actions from an app by long pressing the app icon itself. For example, Youtube has shortcuts like ‘Trending’ and ‘Subscriptions’, which would take you directly to those pages within Youtube.

Google employee Francis Beaufort recently posted on Google+ that App Shortcuts can now be accessed from the Chrome OS dock as well. Android Apps pinned to the dock on Chrome OS will show shortcuts if you long press or right-click the app icon.

App Shortcuts, Source : François Beaufort on Google+

Google has been experimenting with App Shortcuts on Chrome OS for a while. XDA Developers reported in May that Chrome OS would probably carry some version of App Shortcuts soon. Initially a rumor, it has now become clear that Google is serious about including App Shortcuts throughout the Chrome OS interface. Along with the dock, the Chrome OS dev channel will also show App shortcuts on App Icons from its launcher.

Enabling App Shortcuts on Chrome OS

For now, App Shortcuts is only available on the developer channel of Chrome OS. Of course, your Chromebook also needs to support Android apps in the first place.

Once on the developer channel, you can go over to chrome://flags/#enable-touchable-app-context-menu and enable that experimental flag to get App Shortcuts. The feature is still in development, so it will obviously be a bit buggy. But it still might be worth giving it a shot.

Nishant Kauntia
Nishant is a tech-enthusiast, and keeps experimenting with new apps and tweaks on his Chromebook and Android smartphone. Innovative user-experience developments fascinate him. Apart from keeping a keen eye out for updates in the tech industry, Nishant is interested in Philosophy and Creative Writing.