One of the things that many of us have always wanted is be able to use various applications from the Play Store on the laptop but without the need to download an emulator and luckily after so long this can be done. The truth is that there various Android apps that can be used on some Chromebooks, this can be done since last June.
But it is very recently that these laptops will receive support to make these apps work without any problem. Although the best news is that Google released an update so that all these devices allow us to enter the store directly and download the app from there. Therefore, now we will be able to install any Android app on any device that has the Chrome OS operating system.
In fact, many people have commented that the Play Store is now available on Chrome OS laptops, they are said to be in the models Acer Chromebook 14, Acer Chromebook 15, Thoshiba Chromebook 2 (2015) and Samsung Chromebook 3. The truth is that Google promised that the Play Store will be on at least a dozen devices and it is possible that others will receive support in the future.
What’s the bad news?
Everything sounds spectacular doesn’t it? Enough to think that there really must be something that doesn’t make things easy and the truth is that if you’ve thought about that then you got it right. Apparently you will have to use the Canary channel of Chrome OS, then you will need to make a few small jumps to make everything work perfectly.
What does it mean? You will have to use the version prior to the launch of the Google operating system, this channel could have all the functions before they are available, but there is a small problem and that is that this also can be full of bugs and software problems since the system does not receive regular updates like a beta or stable program does.
Play Store on non-touch 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 touch screen. Which means that in the future there would be support for more Android applications on Chromebooks and Chromeboxes.
It is worth remembering that when Google launched the Play Store for Chromebooks first started with the Asus Chromebook Flip which was a convertible notebook model therefore it had a touch screen. The following models that were launched also had a touch screen, which means that the company is moving forward a lot.
So you can already say that Google Play is available to users who are on a stable channel But yes, the Play Store and support for Android applications are still considered in beta.