The Asus Chromebook Flip is the first device to get access of the Google Play Store and its all Apps. If you happen to have an ASUS Chromebook Flip, you’d be happy to know that it’s about to receive some new stuff. Next, you have to change the “channel” for your particular version of Chrome OS.
Chrome OS 53 is now live in the Developer channel, and if you’re lucky enough to own an Asus Chromebook Flip you’ll be able to try the first iteration of Play store integration. Looks like Google is rolling out the feature slowly in some Chromebooks including the Flip.
The experience of using Android apps on Chrome OS seems to be fairly hit and miss with some users reporting some games are not quite ready to rock with one user attempting to use Real Racing 3 finding the accelerometer not quite responding correctly to the “tilt left” command. With the update installed, you will have the Play Store app icon in the app shelf at the bottom of your screen. Click Settings > About Chrome OS > More info…
If you’re alright with that, follow the prompts to download and install the update. We see many popular brands covered here, including Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and of course, Google itself with its Chromebook Pixel (2015). We weren’t sure if it’s ready for the Pixel yet but other users have reported they are seeing the same update already.
There are more than one million Android apps in the Play Store, and even though they won’t all work on Chromebooks, this feature will greatly expand the number of apps and features available to Chromebooks and could make them much more attractive. Jide announced its second generation of Remix OS devices earlier this week that run a customised version of Android natively and therefore offer a lot more instant compatibility.