With Chrome OS version 53 and the ASUS Flip, Android apps are now available on Chromebooks.


Google I/O 2016 saw the formal launch of Android apps and the Play Store on Chromebooks. All devices in the developer channel are currently receiving Chrome OS 53, but only the ASUS Chromebook Flip is displaying the Play Store. Early users are reporting issues, however overall opinions are favorable and performance over Android apps installed using ARC Welder has improved.

Although the Acer Chromebook R11 and the 2015 Chromebook Pixel are running Chrome OS 53, neither the Play Store nor a setting to enable Android apps are currently present in the app launcher. The laptops will be the first to include the Play Store in addition to the Flip . Check Google’s support site for a complete list of Chromebooks that will allow Android apps later this year.

The Chromebook is treated as a tablet running Android 6.0.1, which is interesting because only apps made for phones will download. One user claimed to have downloaded Real Racing 3 successfully, but was unable to proceed past the screen that asks you to tilt your device left to steer, suggesting that there may be a problem with the accelerometer. reportedly is running smoothly in games like Altos Adventure and Crossy Road.

Applications installed with ARC Welder often perform better and have gone less bugs. As of right now, apps like Instagram have yet to launch, and Snapchat is glitchy, preventing users from posting or viewing stories.

Google cautions against using the developer channel on your main device because it is deemed unstable and several functions and applications may stop working. The Chrome OS browser component on my Acer R11 has been steady during my brief time on the development channel. However, waiting until the beta channel, which will launch in about six weeks, is probably a better idea.

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