Google recently announced at their Developer I/O conference that they were bringing the Google Play Store (Android apps) to Chromebooks. They told us that the Asus Chromebook Flip, Acer R11, and 2015 Google Pixel would all receive the goods first, on version 53 of the Developer channel.
Much to the disappointment of Pixel and Rll owners, the update only came to the Asus Flip, with a promise that the update will come to the Pixel and R11 “Soon”.
But some of you might own an Asus Flip, and you might be on the Developer channel, but still not seeing the Google Play Store.
According to a Redditer, claiming to be the Chrome Os team, this is a known issue and they’re working on it.
From the /chromeos subreddit:
This is the Chrome OS team checking in. We know that many brave souls here have switched to the dev channel on the ASUS Chromebook Flip to check out the Google Play store. Thank you for testing!
Last night we pushed an update to this channel. We fixed a large batch of bugs, resolved the issues behind top crashes, and added new features based on user feedback.
Unfortunately, with the 8481.0.0 update we are also seeing cases in which the Play Store is no longer available for some users. We are aware of the issue and are working on a fix. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. In the meantime, you can get the Play store back by doing any one of these three things:
- Waiting for roughly 2-3 minutes while logged in (time required will vary based on the # of apps installed). Turning your device off, turning your device back on.
- Powerwash your device (chrome:settings -> powerwash)
- Log back out, remove the user account, then add it back.
Thanks for your patience while we work on a fix.
Chrome OS team
Thanks for all the followup questions. I’m sorry we can’t get back to you all (which we’d love to do) — we’re quite literally heads down on squashing bugs right now. We’ll jump in with posts here & there where we canandofcoursewe’realwayslurking
You can find this thread here: https://www.reddit.com/r/chromeos/comments/4pi3ha/latest_asus_chromebook_flip_update_the_play_store/
I’m trying to determine whether or not this really is the Chrome OS team. If I learn anything, I’ll update this post.