Android App and Google Play Support Comes to the First Chrome OS Device

Android App and Google Play Support Comes to the First Chrome OS Device
Highlights
  • Google Play and Android App support arrives on Chromebooks.
  • Asus Chromebook Flip first laptop to receive support.
  • Google Play icon should show up after download of beta Chrome OS 53.

Google announced at I/O 2016 that Android apps were coming to Chromebooks, alongside support for Google Play. Now, Google employee Francois Beaufort has announced that the support for Android apps and Google Play has started rolling out on the Dev channel for the Asus Chromebook Flip.

This means if you've got an Asus Chromebook Flip, you can just download an early alpha version of Chrome OS 53, and the Google Play store icon should most likely appear on your desktop. Beaufort even uploaded a picture of his Chromebook just finishing installation of the popular Android game - Clash Royale.

Alongside the Asus Chromebook Flip, the Acer Chromebook R11 and Google's 2015 Chromebook Pixel are also expected to get the support. Beaufort only hinted that more devices will get support soon, without really giving any specific timeline details.

Around 50 Chromebooks are expected to get the Android app support over the rest of the year. Several Chromebooks from Samsung, Lenovo, Asus, Acer, Toshiba, and HP have been listed on the Google support page. The search giant has also announced that the support should hit the stable channel by September or October.

With the access of Android apps on Chromebook, users will be able to download apps from Google Play and experience them on their large devices. This will result in the introduction of Skype, Games, Photo Editing apps, Microsoft Office, and much more on compatible laptops. In a demo, Director of Product Management Kan Liu showed off the new integration and explained how the Google Play will work on Chromebooks. Music, movies, and photo editing apps work completely offline on Chromebooks as well, just like on smartphones. Watch the full demo here.

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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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