June 25, 2016

Android Apps and Games Make Their Way to Chrome OS

It is official now, Android apps and games are now available on Chrome OS. The first Chrome OS device to get this update is Asus Chromebook Flip. If you own a Flip notebook, you can now download Android apps and games on the device through Play Store. All you need to do is to update the Chrome OS. After the update, an icon of Google Play Store will appear on the desktop which will enable you to download and play Android apps and games on the Flip notebook. Although this new update is a developer build, it should work fine for most users.

Chrome OS Login Screen

The news was announced by Google’s Francois Beaufort, who also announced that the update will also be available for other Chrome OS devices like Chromebook Pixel and Acer Chromebook R11. The idea of Android apps on laptops was first announced by Google in 2014. It took almost 1 and a half year to implement the idea which is quite a long time for a tech giant like Google. However, the great news is that it is now implemented, and the users will now be able to use Android apps on notebooks.

As already mentioned, the update is developer version, and there are going to be bugs, but hopefully, a more stable version is more likely to come out next month. The quality of games is satisfactory, but there are some bugs in racing games, as reported by some Reddit users.

As Android apps are developed to work on touchscreen smartphones, they are more likely to run better on touchscreen Chromebooks such as Asus Chromebook Flip. Not all apps can run on notebooks like those which require telephony or GPS. The apps which require telephony and GPS will show as incompatible in Play Store. Other apps will run smoothly on the flip notebook.

At the moment, Asus Chromebook Flip is only able to install apps that are compatible with tablets, but Google has promised to make more apps available for Chromebooks. The flip notebook uses Android 6.01 to install and play apps. In future, more versions will be supported by the Chromebook as announced by Google.

Users who do not want to get bugs should wait until a full version is launched which is expected to launch very soon. Other devices are also going to get this update later this year.

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