Android App Support Expands to More Chromebooks

Google+ Android App Running on Chrome OS

The expansion of Android app support on Chromebooks continues with the addition of three more devices supported in the latest Chrome OS update.  The Lenovo Thinkpad 13, the HP Chromebook 13 G1 and the Samsung Chromebook 3 are the latest to gain Android app support in the Stable channel.  This came with the latest Chrome 62 build that rolled out to these devices earlier this month.

If you have one of these Chromebooks, once you have received the update (you can force the issue by typing chrome://help in the browser), you should see the Google Play Store in your App Drawer.  Click on it and get things configured and you can then install Android apps on these devices.

In addition to these in the Stable channel, the Dell Chromebook 13 and the Acer C740 also have Android app support but only in the Beta Channel.

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Today’s Deal – AUKEY 27W USB-C Wall Charger for $17 with Coupon

AUKEY 27W USB-C Charger

Today’s Deal is great for those with a USB-C phone, tablet or laptop and you need an extra wall charger.  The AUKEY 27W USB-C wall charger is able to charge all of those devices quickly and efficiently while not compromising safety.  Normally this high powered charger is $25.99 but now through November 1st, you can pick one up for $17.93 on Amazon.

In order to get the discounted price, you will need to use the coupon code 4IPHONEX when you check out.

The AUKEY charger delivers up to 27W of energy, making it capable of charging most Chromebooks and MacBooks as well as phones and tablets.  It supports Quick Charge 3.0 technology and is backwards compatible with 2.0 devices.  It is a small, lightweight charger that has folding AC prongs so you can drop it into your backpack without it snagging on anything.

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Android Supporting Chromebook List Gets Significant Update

Acer Chromebook 14 in Gold Aluminum

It has been a while since the Chromium team has updated the Chromebook and Chromebox list of devices that support Android apps.  In fact, the last significant update happened back in August.  Now the team has made a big update to the list, updating it with the current status of Android apps on Chrome OS.

The list can be found here and as I’ve suggested before, I recommend readers who use Chrome OS to bookmark the page.  This is the official list of devices that do or will support Android apps.  Yes, it is often slow in getting updated but it is the official list nevertheless.

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More Chromebooks Seeing New & Improved Android App Support

Acer Chromebook 14 in Gold Aluminum

Android apps on Chromebooks continues its slow march but has started entering into a second phase of sorts.  While support in general continues to new Chrome OS devices, those that already have the support are starting to see an update to Android Nougat 7.1.1.

If you recall, when Android apps started rolling out to Chrome OS, it was based on Android Marshmallow.  It worked well but you didn’t have the benefits like split-screen natively as you do in Nougat.  Now devices which have had the ability to run Android apps are starting to see an update to Nougat.

In the Stable channel, there are three Chromebooks that are supporting Android Apps, based on Android Nougat 7.1.1:

  • Lenovo Chromebook Flex 11
  • Samsung Chromebook Pro
  • Acer Chromebook R 13

Keen followers of Chrome OS will know that these devices have had the ability to run Android apps for a while, in the case of the Samsung Chromebook Pro, since its release.  This update to their stable builds of Chrome OS will bring the Nougat update.

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PrimeDay: Save 30% on Select Chromebooks

Acer Chromebook R13

As part of Amazon’s Primeday, you can save 30% on select Chromebooks today.  The sale is on a variety of models including the Acer Chromebook R11, Acer Chromebook CB3 and the Asus C201 to name a few.  To get the deal and to check out all of the details, head over to Amazon.

The Chromebook R11 comes with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage for $219, a savings of $80.  The Asus C201 also has 4GB of RAM and has 16GB of storage for just $149.

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Chrome OS Update Brings Big Changes to The Platform

Acer Chromebook R13

The Chromium team within Google has released Chrome OS Build 57 to the stable channel, bringing a significant number of changes and improvements to the platform.  The new build is 57.0.2987.123 (Platform version: 9202.56.1) and it is available on a wide range of devices running the Operating System.  There are some exceptions however including the AOpen Chromebase Mini, AOpen Chromebox Mini, Google Chromebook Pixel (2015), ASUS Chromebook Flip C302,  ASUS Chromebook Flip C100PA, Samsung Chromebook Plus,  and the Acer Chromebook R13 (CB5 – 312T).  Other devices will have the update pushed to it or you can manually check for the update now.  My Acer Chromebook 14 has already received the update.

There are a lot of changes happening in this update including an updated default wallpaper and an update boot animation from a visual perspective.  Media files from Android apps are now available in the Files application on your Chromebook, making it easier to get to them and share them.  PIN unlocking is also available now for all Chromebooks.

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Google Extends Auto-Update Policy on Chromebooks to Over 6 Years

Chromebook Pixel

Good news for those of you who have older Chromebooks.  Google has updated their auto-update policy and have added a full 18 months of support for devices.  The change comes as part of a general overhaul of what use to be called the End of Life policy on Chrome OS.  Along with the name change, and given the significant number of Chrome OS devices in the education sector, Google has extended the time in which a device will receive updates.  Up until this change over the weekend, devices would receive updates for five years.  Now that has been extended another 18 months to 6-and-a-half-years.  Given the lightweight design and somewhat “cookie cutter” layout of Chrome OS, this makes a lot of sense and, frankly, is easier for Google do with this platform than it is for Microsoft with Windows as a comparative example.

In real terms, this is a big deal.  If you have an Acer Chromebook 14 like me, support for that Chromebook now extends to March 2021.  While as a tech user I will undoubtedly update my Chromebook to something else before 2021, it is good news for organizations who have a lot of a particular device.  They can now plan on when they need to start doing technology refreshes.

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