Ladies and gentlemen you will now be able to run your favourite Android apps from Google Play store on your new Chromebook. This revelation was made yesterday 23th January, 2017 by Google. Every new Chromebook that will be launched this year and after will be able to run any app designed for Android smartphones and tablets.
This means that you can finally access both your Android and Chrome apps from a single device. Before this announcement, only three Chromebooks ran Android apps, namely:
- Chromebook Flip by Asus
- Chromebook R11 by Acer
- Chromebook Pixel by Google
On top of the fact that all Chromebooks launching in 2017 and after will have the feature, Google is working on making it available on more than 60 existing Chromebooks. You can access the full list of Chromebooks that will work with Android apps here.
Your Chromebook must run Chrome OS version 53 and above in order to get Android apps running on it. Updating your Chromebook to the latest Chrome OS version installs the Google Play Store app to your machine.
- You will then need to sign into the Google Play store
- Click Settings
- In the “Google Play Store” section, check the box for “Enable Google Play Store on your Chromebook.”
- In the window that appears, click Get Started.
- You’ll be prompted to agree to the Terms of Service. Once you’ve read and agreed, click Agree.
- To confirm your current Google account, click Sign In.
- You’ll see the Google Play Store app open. In the box that appears, click Accept.
- Now, you canfind and download Android apps on your Chromebook.
Though not all apps are currently optimised to run on Chrome OS, Google is still continuing to encourage developers to do so. Optimization will ensure that the apps can work with trackpads and physical keyboards. The availability of Android apps on the Chrome OS presents more offline apps to Chrome OS fans.