As promised during Google I/O 2016, Google has begun rolling out Play Store and Android app support to the first Chromebooks. The laptops in question are running Chrome OS developer preview 53 and seem to be experiencing some issues with running the applications, however that’s to be expected from an unstable build of the updated software.
The first device to take full advantage of this new feature is the ASUS Chromebook Flip. Both the Play Store and Android app support are present on the machine according to users, however the other two devices which will be getting Play Store support first (the ASUS Chromebook R11 and Chromebook Pixel 2) are only noticing Android app compatibility, not the Play Store too. There also appears to not be a way to enable the feature, however this will likely change with upcoming builds of Chrome OS 53.
Such apps as Instagram and Snapchat seem to not be operating almost at all, however some games like Real Racing 3 seem to install correctly and run a little, however get stuck at the “Tilt your device left to steer” screen. This is understandable as, I’ve previously stated, this is a developer build of Play Store support and there’s bound to be some bugs around, however it’s nonetheless exciting to see Android apps actually running on Chromebooks natively. Games like Crossy Road or Alto’s Adventure seem to work fine.
Google has programmed Chrome OS to run Android apps like it would if it were Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow under the hood. However, apps only designed for phones won’t run at all, so think of your Chromebook as an Android tablet of sorts.
If you wanna learn more about all the devices which will support the Play Store and Android apps, head over to Google’s website.
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