Chromebook Android app support starts rolling out

Chromebook Android app support starts rolling out
As the lines between device types fade, and technological improvements mean that today's tablet can easily run circles around the full-blown laptop of yesteryear, will we continue to see a split between “mobile” operating systems and those typically reserved for more general-purpose computers? Discussions about platform mergers run rampant, but so far we've yet to see the joining of systems like iOS and macOS, or Android and Chrome OS. And while those latter two may remain distinct for the time being, last month we got some big news about the walls that stand between them beginning to buckle a little, with word that Chrome OS was about to pick up Android app support. Now the first taste of that effort has finally arrived.

While there's a big list of Chrome OS hardware that will ultimately get Android app support before the year's out, Google was clear that initial availability would only cover three devices: the latest Chromebook Pixel, the Acer Chromebook R11, and the Asus Chromebook Flip.

While we haven't seen any action on the first two just yet, owners of the Chromebook Flip are now reporting that they just got access to initial (and pretty buggy) Android app support via the Chrome OS developer channel.

Presumably, support for those other two models won't be far behind, and we're still optimistic it will land sometime this month.

Reports from users indicate that there's still a lot of app-compatibility work left to do, with lots of popular titles spitting our error messages or just locking up outright. That's why this is still in the developer-testing phase for now; if you're only interested in the polished experience, you're going to want to sit tight and wait for the regular public release.

source: NeoOfTheDark (Reddit) via Android Authority



1. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

That's cool, I think my Chromebook is much further down the list but it's on there. Just wish my Chromebook had more than 16GB.

2. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

android on chromebook will cause more harm on dying android will neither attract developers to large-screen devices nor compete aagainst windows.chromebook is known for it low powered operating system

7. CajunMoses

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 17, 2016

Surprisingly, Android app responsiveness is as good on my Flip as it is on my Nexus tablet. And Web apps on Chromebooks run circles around Windows. And Windows can't boot in under 10 seconds like a Chromebook. Windows is great for big bloated, CPU- and GPU-intensive native apps. As long as people rely on those, Windows is in good shape.

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

What function does a chromebook provide more in comparison with a large android tablet and a keyboard attached couldn't? They should merge android with chrome OS. They need real software developers(like the one who writes for mac and Windows) to support the platforms. They should make attractive policies, method and tools to lure software developers. Market chrome OS better and improve the productivity aspects.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're making too much sense when it comes to Google and their decisions with their services.

10. CajunMoses

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 17, 2016

There's nothing that years spent "merging" would accomplish that running Android in a container doesn't. If you really want an Android PC, just buy the Pixel C. If it would be a such a great thing, lots of companies would be coming out with their mass-market versions of Pixel C. There's not a single one. Android has its place (native apps) and Chrome OS has its place (a super fast, secure thin client).

11. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Yes a "container" who do the thing. I love the fact chrome OS is extremely fast at the same time don't like the fact it's function is too limited(may be it's fast because of the limited functionality?). Chrome OS right now is just a niche product. Primary reason is limited functionality with too much reliance on internet. It'll be great when the whole world is freely connected to internet but right now it is not. So it serves the purpose of people with limited need. That's the reason it is still not a worthy competitor to Windows or mac(may be it is not meant to) Google has great dominance over smartphone market but relatively nothing on desktop/laptop segment. Even Apple has better chance with their Macintosh OS than Google with Chrome OS. (but Apple is not trying I guess; still sticking with iPad which is good but not comparable with Windows or Mac). Google should do more than bringing playstore to Chrome OS. Its not the playstore but developers that chrome OS needs. Of course, without losing performance and security of chromebooks [doesn't go well with each other :-( ] I think Chrome OS would eventually replace android tablet OS

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Chrome book is about affordability. It's existence was driven by that a normal Windows notebook cost a lot more due to software licensing.. Google saw the gap and fill it with Chrome book. Chrome book has replaced Macbook as an educator enabler. They have successfully force Microsoft to rethink their OS licensing strategy. Primary mission accomplished.

4. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Chrome OS biggest flaw is limited functionality offline which is also it's biggest strength. I hope the apps don't deteriorate performance.

9. CajunMoses

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 17, 2016

Haven't you heard of WiFi and MiFi?

5. Furbal unregistered

Furiously hitting my update button

8. CajunMoses

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 17, 2016

What I find bizarre is people raving about Android apps like Google docs and Google maps running on their Chromebook. Don't these people realize that those already run absolutely great as Web apps on Chrome OS?

12. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

google need by anus f**k ggogle go to hell

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