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Chromebooks are finally shipping with stable Play Store compatibility

Chromebooks are finally shipping with stable Play Store compatibility (Source: Android Police)
Chromebooks are finally shipping with stable Play Store compatibility (Source: Android Police)
Major Chromebooks from Dell, Lenovo, and Asus now have the ability to run Android Play Store apps straight from the stable Chrome OS channel.

Google has been promising Android app compatibility with Chrome OS for years and it wasn't until late 2016 when the Play Store would finally become available on a select few Chromebook models like the Acer Chromebook R 11 for testing purposes. Ever since then, the feature has been slowly trickling down to more Chromebooks as beta releases only.

Now, Chrome Unboxed is reporting that some Chromebooks have begun receiving OTA updates that are purportedly bringing Play Store compatibility to the "stable" Chrome OS channel. These models include the Asus Chromebook Flip C302, Dell Chromebook 3189, Lenovo Chromebook N22, and the IdeaPad N42 with more likely to come. Google had previously announced that all Chromebooks released this year would ship with a Play Store launcher pre-installed and this may be just the beginning of a slow rollout to all would-be compatible Chromebooks. Prior to the update, owners would have had to launch Chrome OS as a developer or beta channel in order to run Android Play Store apps with varying degrees of success.

Compatibility with Play Store apps will make Chromebooks exponentially more versatile since they will no longer be limited to apps from the more limited Chrome Web Store. Of course, apps that depend on certain sensors like gyroscopes, GPS, or touchscreen sensitivity are still not likely to run perfectly. Nonetheless, the ability to run Play Store apps should make testing Chromebooks easier for us as we can utilize many of the same software tools we have for the typical Android smartphone review.

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Allen Ngo, 2017-08-21 (Update: 2017-08-21)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.