Google reveals which of the latest Chromebooks will get Android apps

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Google originally unveiled its plans to support Android apps on Chromebooks nearly a year ago. While apps were supposed to arrive late last year for all users on at least 50 devices, the rollout has been slow and gradual for existing Chromebook devices. Only six devices are currently supported, but Google is now planning to support more than 80 devices.

The latest update to Google’s Chromebook list, spotted by Slash Gear, includes Samsung’s Chromebook Plus, Chromebook Pro, Chromebook 2, and Chromebook 3. While the majority of the more than 80 devices are listed as “planned,” it’s not clear when Google will actually start adding Android app support. Some devices, like the Asus Chromebook Flip C302 and Acer Chromebook R13, are listed as beta channel, suggesting that official support will be available soon on the stable channel.

Google’s Android apps for Chromebooks have been rather disappointing, with a number of bugs and issues on early devices like Samsung’s Chromebook Plus. Google is holding its I/O developer event next month, so we’re expecting to hear more on when it plans to truly deliver Android apps for all Chrome OS devices. Here's the full list of Chromebooks that are getting Android apps:

Acer

Chromebook R11 (CB5-132T, C738T)

Chromebook R13 (CB5-312T)

Chromebook 11 (C740)

Chromebook 11 (C730 / CB3-111 / C730E / CB3-131)

Chromebook 14 (CB3-431)

Chromebook 14 for Work (CB5-471)

Chromebook 15 (CB5-571 / C910)

Chromebook 15 (CB3-531)

Chromebook 15 (CB3-532)

Chromebook Spin 11 (R751T)

Chromebox CXI2

Chromebase 24

AOpen

Chromebox Mini

Chromebase Mini

Chromebox Commercial

Chromebase Commercial

Asus

Chromebook Flip C100PA

Chromebook Flip C302

Chromebit CS10

Chromebook C200

Chromebook C201PA

Chromebook C202SA

Chromebook C300

Chromebook C300SA / C301SA

Chromebook Flip C213

Chromebox CN62

Bobicus

Chromebook 11

CTL

J2 / J4 Chromebook

N6 Education Chromebook

J5 Convertible Chromebook

NL61 Chromebook

Dell

Chromebook 11 (3120)

Chromebook 11 (3180)

Chromebook 11 Convertible (3189)

Chromebook 13 (7310)

Chromebook 13 (3380)

eduGear

Chromebook R Series

Chromebook K Series

Chromebook M Series

CMT Chromebook

Edxis

Chromebook

Education Chromebook

Google

Chromebook Pixel (2015)

Haier

Chromebook 11

Chromebook 11e

Chromebook 11 G2

Chromebook 11 C

Hexa

Chromebook Pi

HiSense

Chromebook 11

Lava

Xolo Chromebook

HP

Chromebook 11 G3

Chromebook 11 G4 / G4 EE

Chromebook 11 G5

Chromebook 11 G5 EE

Chromebook 14 G4

Chromebook 13 G1

Chromebook x360 11 G1 EE

Lenovo

100S Chromebook

N20 / N20P Chromebook

N21 Chromebook

N22 Chromebook

N23 Chromebook

N23 Yoga Chromebook

N42 Chromebook

ThinkPad 11e Chromebook

ThinkPad 11e Yoga Chromebook

Thinkpad 11e Chromebook (Gen 3)

ThinkPad 11e Yoga Chromebook (Gen 3)

ThinkPad 11e Chromebook (Gen 4)

Thinkpad 11e Yoga Chromebook (Gen 4)

Thinkpad 13 Chromebook

ThinkCentre Chromebox

Medion

Chromebook Akoya S2013

Chromebook S2015

M&A

Chromebook

NComputing

Chromebook CX100

Nexian

Chromebook 11.6"

PCMerge

Chromebook PCM-116E

Chromebook PCM-116T-432B

Poin2

Chromebook 11

Samsung

Chromebook Plus

Chromebook Pro

Chromebook 2 11" - XE500C12

Chromebook 3

Sector 5

E1 Rugged Chromebook

Senkatel

C1101 Chromebook

Toshiba

Chromebook 2

Chromebook 2 (2015)

True IDC

Chromebook 11

Viglen

Chromebook 11

Chromebook 360

Comments

Android apps don’t even work well on tablets! So how can they scale up to notebooks?

Well, most apps have great websites. And on Chromebooks, it’s almost always preferable to use the website. So most apps that may have these issues on a tablet, have websites that does the job better. However, there are apps that don’t exist, or lack functionality on the web. That’s where the added utility comes in.

And soon™, all Chromebooks will be running Nougat, which means apps can be resized freely (and perhaps can be snapped to the side of the screen), which will help with the issue of poor size optimization.

If iOS 11 for iPad doesn’t come with Multi-User Profiles, I may give up on iPads, and switch to Chrome books.
Even though I really want the new entry level iPad.

I feel like this entire feature is to get access to the Microsoft Office apps and then if everything else is worthless it doesn’t matter because use the website.

Am fairly sure that the majority of potential Chromebook users are not waiting to pull the trigger because they can’t get office 365. If I wanted a fuller-fat Office that badly, I’d have gone mac/pc a while ago. And while Chromebooks can be cheap, it feels like those who have office requirements may want to have more than a 1366 × 768 screen. Of course, horses for courses.

That’s actually what is great about some of this. Keep it in a smaller window if it doesn’t scale.

Things I like about Android apps on the Chromebook Plus:

Offline media sync (Spotify, Netflix, Play Music, etc)
1password now on Chrome OS
Games!!!

And not having to purchase desktop apps like I do on my Mac.

Already works really well, so will only get better.

Coming soon
Yea sure.
In the meantime there are better choices for running windowed apps on the desktop with 0 issues thanks to Remix OS, at this moment Remix OS supports thousands of devices, not just 80

Sure, but Remix OS is aimed at nerds like us, Chrome OS is going for IT managers who want to mass deploy 500 devices and not have to worry about it.

I have tested apps on my Chromebook and there are some really great use cases that may be overlooked. I have cable TV so i can install the Xfinity Stream app to watch TV on my Chromebook (website doesnt work due to flash). Many of the Video streaming apps work this same way. Give it some time, this is still in beta.

Rather have a tablet than a chromebook.

Rather have a real laptop than a chromebook.

Rather have a toothache than a chromebook….

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