Android 11 for Chromebooks

Back in March, a few Chromebooks received Android 11 in the Beta channel. I was surprised to see this. Usually, Google makes such upgrades first in the Canary channel. It later moves to the Beta channel and eventually to the Stable channel.

Anyhow, today, I can confirm that my Pixel Slate which runs the Canary channel of Chrome OS, has received an Android 11 update. Let’s start with some screenshots.

You can see the new color scheme for the individual sections in the Settings app. More importantly, we have the latest security update, August 5, 2021.

Unlike an Android phone or tablet, an Android version update doesn’t change the look and feel of the Chromebook. You won’t any visual changes while using the Chromebook after an update.

You can read in-depth coverage of new features here on Chrome Unboxed.


We have already seen a few Chromebooks getting Android 11 in the Beta channel. I am not 100% sure if those Chromebooks received Android 11 in the Stable channel. Now that we have Android 11 in the regular upgrade route, all the eligible Chromebooks will soon receive this update.

Stay tuned for more.

8 responses to “Android 11 for Chromebooks”

  1. Can anyone confirm if Android 11 in Chromebooks supports moving apps to the sd card? I’ve been struggling with 32GB of storage and Android 9 in Chrome OS right now only supports moving files to the sd card.

  2. Is your Pixel Slate still on kernel 5.10 with the new ARCVM? I’m not seeing any evidence this rolled out widely. 🙁

  3. Ugh. That’s what I suspected. Thanks for the clarification on the current status of this device.

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