Earlier today, Google announced some key initiatives around Chromebooks and education at BETT, an event in London focused on technology in education. The announcement included announcements around new stylus enabled Chromebooks and, of course, the coming of Android apps to the platform. Adobe was highlighted in the release as being a company who had optimized their Creative Cloud apps to work on these new Android-enabled Chromebooks.
Adobe has released a suite of Android apps optimized for Chromebooks. The Adobe Creative Cloud apps, including Photoshop Mix, Lightroom Mobile, Illustrator Draw, Photoshop Sketch, Adobe Comp CC, and Creative Cloud Mobile will be available for free download, expanding creative options for students and the capability of stylus and world-facing camera.
While several apps have already been optimized to work on Chromebooks, the Creative Cloud apps is a big deal. It will allow those in education – students and teachers – to be more creative in their studies while being touch and stylus enabled as they would be on an Android phone or tablet.
While the announcement from Adobe and Google was focused on the education vertical, this is also good news for Android and Chromebook users in general. Once Android app support is released
on Chrome OS, you will be able to use these apps for editing and creating even if you don’t have a touchscreen Chromebook. That support should be coming at any point now.
The updated apps in the Creative Cloud suite are in the Play Store now. If you have them installed, you should see an OTA update in the coming days.