At the 2016 Google I/O, Google announced that it would be bringing Android apps to Chromebooks. And they did, sort of.
Right now, officially, there are three models of Chromebook that have access to Android apps via the Google Play Store: The Google Pixel (second generation), Asus Flip, and Acer R11.
There are other models that are able to gain access to the Google Play Store, but it involves being in the Canary Channel (it’s like the Developer channel, but not as stable) and some other trickery. Officially tho, those 3 models I listed are it.
If you happen to have one of those models, you’ve probably downloaded a few Android apps already to see what the hub-bub was all about.
But you might be wondering, how do I update my Android apps? Well, if you’ve used Android before, you’re in luck, because it pretty much works the same way.
Here’s a quick step by step:
- Open the Google Play Store app. (For me, they automatically put it at the bottom of my screen. You may need to open your app drawer and find it there)
- Click on the 3 horizontal “hamburger” menu icon towards the top left and click on My Apps & Games to see a list of apps that are ready for an update
- Click the green Update link for the app you wish to update, or click the Update All button to update all the apps that have an update available.
That’s it! Just like your phone, right?
Here’s a few quick screenshots in case you aren’t super familiar with what I just talked about.
So which Android apps have you been playing with on your Chromebook?