Android App Support Expands to Several Chromebooks in Latest Chrome OS Builds

The Chromium team has updated the list of Chromebooks that can run Android apps either in the Chrome OS beta or stable channels.  In all, 10 devices are able to run Android apps now, bringing the total number up to 67 different Chromebooks and Chromeboxes that can run Android apps.

When it comes to pure new additions to the list, there are eight new devices that moved into the beta channel.  That includes the likes of the Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015), the Haier Chromebook 11 C, and the Viglen Chromebook 360.  Two devices, the Acer Chromebook 11 (C740) and the Dell Chromebook 13 (7310) moved from the Beta channel to the Stable channel, meaning they are fully supported by those devices.

For those who want to try out Android apps on the devices in the beta channel, you will need to switch channels on your device.  This can be done by going to Settings>About Chrome OS>Detailed Build Information.  There you will find your current channel setting and you can click on the “Change Channel” button to move to the beta build (assuming you have permission to do so).

Keep in mind that the hint is in the name:  Beta means beta so you could run into bugs and other issues and moving back to the Stable channel will Powerwash your device.

For those that have the Acer Chromebook 11 (C740) and the Dell Chromebook 13 (7310), once you have the latest stable channel build of Chrome OS for your device, you will see a Play Store icon on the Tray.  Click on it and get things configured and you can then install Android apps on these devices.

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