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Android apps are officially available on Chrome OS

Android Apps Chrome

Ladies and gentlemen, remember this date: June 17th, 2016. Why? Because on that day, the game officially changed.

Google’s Chrome OS powers a fleet of laptop and desktop computers that offer users a fantastic alternative to Windows machines. Chromebooks and Chrome desktop PCs are just as good as Microsoft-powered computers when it comes to browsing the web, streaming movies or music, or even light work. Windows is probably your best bet if you need to run custom Windows software in an enterprise environment, but Chrome is a fantastic alternative for home users looking to save some money without sacrificing much in the way of performance.

And now, Chrome OS is a better option than ever before thanks to the addition of Android app support.

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Google confirmed back in May that it intended to bring the Google Play store and support for Android apps to Chrome computers, and now it’s finally happening. Google’s François Beaufort has posted on Google+ (via Engadget) to let people know that the Play Store is currently rolling out to the Asus Flip Chromebook, with support for additional models coming soon.

What does that mean for users? It means that in the blink of an eye, their machines will gain access to more than a million Android apps available in the Play store. One of Chrome’s biggest barriers has always been a lack of apps, and now that barrier has been overcome in a big way. What’s more, developers will start to build apps with Chrome in mind, potentially opening the door for a whole new class of Android app.

Wondering if your Chrome OS computer will get support for Android apps? Here’s a complete list:

Manufacturer Device
Acer Chromebook 11 C740
Chromebase 24
Chromebook 11 CB3-111 / C730 / CB3-131
Chromebook 15 CB5-571 / C910
Chromebook 15 CB3-531
Chromebox CXI2
Chromebook 14 CB3-431
Chromebook 14 for Work
Asus Chromebook C200
Chromebook C201
Chromebook C202SA
Chromebook C300SA
Chromebook C300
Chromebox CN62
Chromebit CS10
AOpen Chromebox Commercial
Chromebase Commercial 22″
Bobicus Chromebook 11
CDI eduGear Chromebook K Series
eduGear Chromebook M Series
eduGear Chromebook R Series
CTL Chromebook J2 / J4
N6 Education Chromebook
J5 Convertible Chromebook
Dell Chromebook 11 3120
Chromebook 13 7310
Edxis Chromebook
Education Chromebook
Google Chromebook Pixel (2015)
Haier Chromebook 11
Chromebook 11e
Chromebook 11 G2
Hexa Chromebook Pi
HiSense Chromebook 11
Lava Xolo Chromebook
HP Chromebook 11 G3 / G4 / G4 EE
Chromebook 14 G4
Chromebook 13
Lenovo 100S Chromebook
N20 / N20P Chromebook
N21 Chromebook
ThinkCentre Chromebox
ThinkPad 11e Chromebook
N22 Chromebook
Thinkpad 13 Chromebook
Thinkpad 11e Chromebook Gen 3
Medion Akoya S2013
Chromebook S2015
M&A Chromebook
NComputing Chromebook CX100
Nexian Chromebook 11.6″
PCMerge Chromebook PCM-116E
Poin2 Chromebook 11
Samsung Chromebook 2 11″ – XE500C12
Chromebook 3
Sector 5 E1 Rugged Chromebook
Senkatel C1101 Chromebook
Toshiba Chromebook 2
Chromebook 2 (2015)
True IDC Chromebook 11
Viglen Chromebook 11
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