Will your Chromebook run Android apps? It will if it's on this list


Chromebook laptops running Google's Chrome OS represent an interesting middle ground in the mobile productivity space. Their cloud-first nature and limited software support puts them in the same camp as smartphones and many tablets, but in terms of form and use they fall a lot closer to traditional laptops running full-blown desktop operating systems. Recently we heard that Chromebook software support could be about to get a big shot in the arm, as Google I/O revealed plans to bring Android apps to Chromebook devices, Google Play and all. That promises to open up a whole new world of possibilities for users, but will your Chromebook be among the models that ultimately support Android apps. Google just released a list to let us know who's coming along for the ride, and when.

The best group to be in is among owners who have the Acer Chromebook R11/C738T, Asus Chromebook Flip, or the 2015 Google Chromebook Pixel. These devices get the very first Chromebook access to Android apps, as Google rolls out support in the Chrome OS development channel next month – and all this we already knew from Google's announcement last week.

What we pick up today, though, is a detailed list of everybody else who will eventually join that Android-app club.

The full list includes dozens of models, from manufacturers ranging from Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung, to plenty more of those popular Acer and Asus units. Unfortunately, some early Chromebooks don't make the cut, but there's still a lot that do.

All those additional Chromebooks will pick up Android app support sometime before the end of the year, but Google's not breaking them down further with any ETA action just yet. For the moment you'll have to be content knowing that if your Chromebook's listed here, you're going to get access to Android apps … eventually.


source: Google via The Verge

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7 Comments

1. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

No Pixel C?

2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The Pixel C tablet already runs Android ;)

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Even the clueless rebel knew that.

3. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Haha, any Windows PC at the same price would easily run Android via an emulator like AMI DuOS, heck my 2008 HP Pavilion Laptop easily runs them "high-end" bastardized apps from the Windows Store, including Asphalt 8. There really shouldn't be any Chromebook that can't run Android apps, unless they're just typical overpriced jokes gimped on both function and spec...

4. Furbal unregistered

Its limited by kernel version, hopefully they do bring it to older chromebooks though

6. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Never owned a ChromeOS device. Can I make apps on ChromeOS?

7. marmot5678

Posts: 1; Member since: May 28, 2016

How about ChromeBox? Any word on if they will be included in the Android ecosystem?

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