Aug 22, 2019 | Updated: 11:15 AM EDT

Android App Support Arrives To Chromebooks From Acer, HP & Lenovo

Jun 03, 2017 08:13 AM EDT

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There is good news for the Google and Android Apps fans. Android users will be able to use the Google Play Store and Android apps on many Chromebooks.

The Google Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, and Chromebases which will be able to install Android apps are listed below. Roll-out of Android Apps is complete on a device-per-device basis as it is dependent on a number of factors including the hardware platform which the device is based on and each device must be compatible with Android.

The user will not be able to bring Android Apps to every Chromebook ever made. Even if the Chromebook isn't in the list of Android Apps support, it will continue to get other new features and improvements.

The huge majority of Chromebooks are yet lacking Android app support. Over 80 models are scheduled as 'Planned' to receive the feature on the Chromium Wiki, with 14 devices presently supporting it to some degree. A few new Chromebooks have hit the market over the past month with the Play Store included, at least when using the Beta channel for Chrome OS.

First up is the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 (R751T) which was announced in January and doesn't look to be out yet. It has an 11.6" touchscreen and sports "military-grade durability" with stylus support. There are also two cameras just like the new Chromebook Flip for schools. One sits over the keyboard that works as a back camera in tablet/tent mode, and the other is located above the screen. The Spin 11 will hold Android apps out of the box, as reported by Android Police.

Next is the HP Chromebook x360 11 G1 EE. There are four variations of this model for purchase, but all models will have a Celeron N3350 CPU, a Gorilla Glass 3 screen, a co-molded industrial rubber design, and a spill-resistant keyboard.

Android app support on the G1 EE is limited to the Chrome OS Beta channel for now, but it's easy to switch between channels. The last two laptops are Lenovo's ThinkPad 11e and 11e Yoga Chromebooks.

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