As craze winds up about the ultimate confluence between mobile OS Android and ultra-portable laptop platform Chrome OS, we have a lateral move to report in the quest to get Android apps working on Chromebooks. In fact, it feels like stale news, but it’s worth reporting.
The Acer Chromebook R11 and the ASUS Chromebook Flip, which both had Google Play Store access available with software version 53, only had that access through the slightly less usable developer channel of the software. The Play Store is still in beta for the devices, but regular users can activate it by heading to the Settings app.
The Apps Management console has been updated to provide administrators control over which Google accounts get used in the Play Store and whether apps can be “sideloaded” from “unknown sources”. Chrome OS security certificates can also be selectively applied to Android apps.
The Chromebook Pixel (2015) has yet to nail down the Play Store, even though it’s supposed to be part of the first batch of devices to get it. The Pixel has plenty of company with it as there’s a whole roster of devices due for an Android apps update over the next two years — a very long time, indeed.