Every Upcoming Chromebook Will Run Android Apps

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Back in May of last year, Google announced that Chromebooks would start supporting Android apps. Now, every single Chromebook going forward will have access to the Google Play Store.

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The news comes from a single line of text in Google's list of Chromebooks that can support the programs: "All Chromebooks launching in 2017 and after as well as the Chromebooks listed below will work with Android apps in the coming future." Below that is a list of older Chromebooks that will also run Android apps.

We knew this would eventually come, and now isn't terribly surprising timing. There are more Chromebooks with touch screens than ever, including the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA and Samsung's upcoming Chromebook Plus and Pro, all of which were announced at CES in Las Vegas.

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Many non-touch Chromebooks can also support Android apps, but the experience probably won't be as good. See the full list here

Adding Android apps makes the Chrome ecosystem significantly larger. Chrome OS' bare app selection has been mostly limited to web-based programs, but now Chromebooks will run the most popular mobile apps you can find.

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  • Tajer Says:

    The Toshiba Chromebook 2 and Chromebook 2 (2015) are both going to eventually have Android apps. They just haven't enabled it for them yet.

  • Patel Nisha Says:

    Was looking forward to getting android apps on my Toshiba Chromebook 2. However, as I got it in January 2015 I guess it is the older model that won't be getting them.

  • booch221 Says:

    Every time I try to follow the instructions to enable Android apps on my Toshiba Chromebook 2:2. Sign in to the Google Play Store
    Click the status area, where your account picture appears.
    Click Settings Settings.
    In the "Google Play Store" section, check the box for "Enable Google Play Store on your Chromebook."
    In the window that appears, click Get Started.
    You’ll be prompted to agree to the Terms of Service. Once you’ve read and agreed, click Agree.
    To confirm your current Google account, click Sign In.
    You’ll see the Google Play Store app open. In the box that appears, click Accept.
    I don't see any of this stuff. It would be nice if they had some screen shots in the directions!

  • CajunMoses Says:

    Wow, Microsoft loyalists, most of whom obviously know next to nothing about the Chrome OS containerized implementation of Android, are lashing out desperately at Google and their Chromebooks with vicious, slanderous, and absurd aspersions. Suddenly, they're waking up and feeling terribly insecure and threatened by this insignificant "challenger." It Goliath quaking with fear at David. People toying with Play Store apps on Chromebooks might actually stubble upon the secret that Chromebooks are easily the most secure, maintenance-free, responsive, reliable, affordable, easy-to-used, and portable laptops on the market.

  • James Kissel Says:

    Considering that Android Apps are 'sandboxed' via containers (LXC), I would imagine that "low-level VPNs and firewalls with direct hosts file access" will not work under Chrome OS.

  • JuanSoto Says:

    I wonder how system level apps are handled in this scenario. Things like low-level VPNs (that can route even the Chrome browser), firewalls with direct hosts file access, WiFi apps that protect against mitm attacks, etc.

    Not a ChromeOS user or really on top of these changes but the Android support sounds like virtualization. If so where dealing with some basic security issues that are still not addressed (or even considered important) by Google.

    In the modern world where every device and website is under constant attack, Google needs to start putting customer concerns before greed.

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