Have you been waiting for your Chromebook to get Google Play Store Access? Official support for Android apps won’t be coming until later this year, but ASUS Chromebook Flip, Chromebook Pixel (2015) and Acer Chromebook R11 owners have been testing it on the developer channel. Today, those using Chrome OS Beta can also get in on the action!
Chrome OS Beta is getting updated to version 53 (53.0.2785.36, to be exact), bringing over a million Android apps to these three Chromebooks. But don’t go crazy just yet. First, you need to learn a bit about activating the Google Play Store, which you can learn how to do by following TabTimes’ step-by-step tutorial.
Furthermore, Google is quick to remind us this is not a finished product. It is still considered to be in its developer preview stages and will likely come with some bugs.
The Play store on Chromebooks is still in Developer Preview and some features may not work as intended.
It’s also important to note that not all Android apps in the Play Store will run on Chrome OS, and even in the case of the apps that do run, there’s a chance that you will run into various issues. This is new territory for most app developers, so expect the situation to improve over the next months.
Chrome OS Beta is still an unstable channel, but it is more reliable than the developer channel. More importantly, this serves as a signal that the feature is closer to a general release.
Have you been using Android apps on Chrome OS? Hit the comments to let us know what you think of the experience!