Android App Support Expands to More Chromebooks

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.

For those who want to try out Android apps on the Dell or Acer devices, 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.

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