One of the things that many people have always wanted is to be able to use several apps from the Play Store on their laptop, but without having to download an Android emulator. Luckily after years of patiently waiting, this can be done. What is certain is that there are now several Android apps that can be used in some Chromebooks, and this has been the case since last June.
But, it’s only very recently that these laptops will receive support to make these apps work without any problem. The best news is that Google has released an update for all these Chromebook devices which allows us to enter the Google Play Store directly and download the app from there.
What that means is that now, we are going to be able to install any Android app on any device that is equipped with the Chrome OS operating system without an emulator in sight.
Availability of Google Play Store for Chromebook
Many people have been commenting that the Play Store is already available in Chrome OS. It is said that it is available in the following devices: Acer Chromebook 14, Acer Chromebook 15, Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015), and the Samsung Chromebook 3.
At this point, we also know that Google has promised that the Play Store will be on at least one other device down the road, and it is possible for others to receive support in the future.
What about the bad news?
Everything sound great, right? Well, it isn’t quite as simple as just powering on your new Chromebook and diving into the Play Store. Apparently, you will have to use the Canary Chrome OS channel, and then it will need to do a few small skips to be able to make sure everything works perfectly.
What does this mean? It means that you are going to use the previous version with the launch of Google operating system. This channel could have all the functions before it is available, but there is a small problem: it can also be full of bugs and software problems since the system does not receive regular updates as you receive a beta or stable program.
Google Play Store on non-touch screen devices
Despite all the obstacles, this is the first time that the Play Store is available on Chrome OS devices that do not have a touchscreen, which means that in the future there should be support for more Android applications on Chromebooks and other devices.
It is worth remembering that when Google launched the Play Store for Chromebooks, it first started with the Asus Chromebook Flip which was a model of convertible notebook, and it had a touch screen. The models that were launched afterward were also touch screen, which is to say that the company is moving forward very fast.
How to activate Android apps on your Chromebook
To download Android apps for Chromebook, you will simply have to open the Play Store, search for them and click download. As easy as that!
In the status bar, you will see the download process. If you click at the top, you can see its progress. The app will be installed along with any other apps or tools that you may have on your Chromebook.
And you are done! We hope that you enjoy how a lot of Android apps can run on your Chromebook. Although right now the Play Store is still a beta version, it’s fairly safe to say that in the near future, this app will be available in a better version for Chromebook so that you can enjoy all the games, apps, videos, music and more you can download right now on your Android mobile device.
Google Play Store on Chromebook is a great improvement to the Google operating system. Hence, you no longer have to rely on the internet to use some applications, as long as your device meets the requirements described above.
Running apps you downloaded from Google Play Store on Chromebook
This is what you can expect from your Chromebook at the moment you decide to download an app from the Play Store:
- Android applications can be rendered in three different window sizes.
- You will have multitasking tools in several Android apps along with the Chrome browser, which is the brain of the operating system.
- All the notifications will work perfectly, and they will be integrated in the Chrome OS notification center.
So, long story short, you can now say that Google Play is available for Chromebook users who are in a stable channel. The Play Store and support for Android apps, however, are still considered in beta phase. By the looks of it, Chrome OS is on the up and up, so we can reasonable expect more support in the very near future.