After announcing in May 2016 the support of Android apps on some Chromebook, Google accelerates the integration of the Play Store on these laptops. Thus, all Chromebooks marketed from 2017 will have access to the Google store and will, therefore, be able to run Android apps.
This is perhaps the best news of the day for the fans of Chromebooks that we are! Indeed the giant Moutain View officially announced that all computers under Chrome OS that will be launched in 2017 would be compatible with the Google Play store and therefore Android applications.
If since mid-2016 some Chromebooks have access to the Android app store, these remains anecdotal. Indeed only three products are compatible in the stable mode:
- The Asus Chromebook Flip.
- The Acer Chromebook R11 / C738T
- The Google Chromebook Pixel (2015)
And others only via the DEV mode like the Acer R13
Google accelerates Android deployment
Since this morning, all signals are green to acquire a new Chromebook. Indeed, Google updated the “The Chromium Projects” page and explained that all Chromebooks that will be launched in 2017 and beyond, as well as the Chromebooks listed on their list, will work with Android applications. If all do not have access to the Play Store immediately, the updates will arrive in 2017 and will bring with them the support of Android applications.
This is what Google has officially clarified on the page devoted to the compatibility of its operating system web and cloud ChromeOS with Android apps that can be installed on a smartphone. For some of the laptops listed, this compatibility will not be immediate, but it will be sooner or later, says the company.
At the last CES technology fair in Las Vegas, Samsung and Acer presented at the beginning of January several devices that natively integrate the Play Store and are therefore able to run Android apps. These include Chromebook Pro and Chromebook Plus from the South Korean giant, as well as the Acer Chromebook 11 N7.