It’s finally happened, we here at Chromestory have finally got our hands on an Asus Chromebook Flip. That means we finally have the opportunity to see what all this Android on Chromebooks hub bub is all about.
The first thing I noticed of course was the Play Store icon on my shelf, which I cannot remove.
And naturally, the second thing I noticed was a bug. I opened the Play Store app, and whenever I moved my cursor to the right third of the Play Store app, the cursor would disappear until it popped out past the app. I rebooted, and the bug went away, and hasn’t come back since, so no biggie.
For the most part everything works the way you would expect. Android notifications integrate seamlessly with Chrome’s notifications. Apps have minimize, maximize and potrait/landscape toggle options.
The first app I tried installing was the Canon Print Service app. I wanted to see if I could print without using Google Cloud Print.
I was not able to find any printing joy, though. Here are the steps I took:
- Installed Canon Print Service
- Clicked on the notification
- Enabled Canon Print Service
- Clicked the Settings button
- Clicked Add Printer
- Typed IP address of my printer.
- Found printer.
After I successfully added my printer to the app, I installed Drive for Android, opened a document, and clicked Print. My printer showed up in the list of printers, but when I selected it and tapped Print, after a few seconds I got a print error. I was never able to get it to print without using Google Cloud Print. Oh well, it was worth a try.
The second app I tried was Skyforce, probably the best game for Android. It worked well. At first I didn’t have an option to maximize it, which had me worried. I closed it and re opened it, and was able to play in full screen mode that time, which was fun. It was just like using my Nexus 10 Android tablet.
The third app I tried was Android Device Manager. I thought it might be handy if my Chromebook was stolen to be able to track it down. But, the app says my device is not compatible with this version. Sad day.
A friend of mine and I play a board game called Descent. It’s a wildly fun game, but you can’t really play it with only 2 people. Well, the makers of the game developed an Android app that acts as a companion to the board game, and allows you to play 2 player. I used that app on the Flip last night, and it worked great.
As of right now, the option to allow Android apps appears to be optional.
You can choose to allow them or not in settings. You also have some typical Android settings to play with.
All in all it was exactly what I expected a developer channel experiment to be: kind of neat, a little buggy, very underwhelming.
As far as the Flip goes? I like it. I won’t spoil my thoughts too much, as I haven’t decided if I’m going to write a review or not, but I will say I have been pleasantly surprised these last couple days.
I won’t have this Flip for long, are there any apps you would like for me to try while I have it?