Android on Chromebook Edges From Fantasy Into Reality
August 24, 2017 - chromebook
Google’s devise to move Android apps and a Google Play Store has remained mostly emptied to date. But this summer, suddenly, Android support on Chromebook has accelerated. And it’s probable that Google has finally gotten on tip of a problems that have tormented this integration.
It started off so promising.
Google announced in May 2016 that it would move Android apps and a Google Play Store to Chromebook. At a time, it pronounced that the formation would start in 2016, though by a time that year ended, usually a little series of Chromebooks could entrance Android apps, and afterwards usually in a really early preview. A year later, I questioned either Google could even lift off this feat, and we plainly wondered about a technical issues it contingency have run into.
But Google eventually fessed up: The work of integrating Androids apps with Chromebook valid to be distant some-more formidable than Google had creatively expected.
Lost in all a doom and dejection here, however, is a elementary fact: Integrating Android apps with Chromebooks is rarely disruptive, and it could lead to a refreshing decrease of Windows-based PCs. So I’ve been examination this growth closely, and I have recently finally started contrast Android app support on an Acer Chromebook 14 for Work. Surprise: It’s flattering extraordinary notwithstanding a bugs.
Coincidental to this, it appears that Android app support on Chromebook is finally starting to accelerate. This takes a few opposite forms: Some new inclination are finally removing entrance to Android apps and a Google Play Store around a pre-release Beta channel that Google offers (similar to a ring in a Windows Insider Program. But many are changeable from a Beta channel to a Stable channel too, indicating that Google might have finally figured this out.
Over a summer, Google combined support for Android to over a dozen opposite Chromebooks. And according to apart reports in Android Police and Chrome Unboxed, a Acer Chromebook R13, ASUS Chromebook Flip C302, Dell Chromebook 3189, EduGear R4D, Lenovo Chromebook Flex 11, Lenovo Chromebook N22, Lenovo Chromebook N23, and Lenovo IdeaPad N42 Chromebook all have Android support in a Stable channel now, definition that this support is accessible to everyone. And a Dell Chromebook 13 7310 and Acer Chromebook 14 now have entrance to Android in a Beta channel too.
So is it happening? Is it finally happening?
Looking over Google’s list of Chromebooks that do or will have entrance to Android apps and a Google Play Store, a accessibility of this functionality breaks down as follows:
Available in Stable channel: 12 Chromebooks
Available in Beta channel: 20 Chromebooks
Planned though not nonetheless available: 65 Chromebooks
Put another way, a infancy of Chromebooks out in a universe do not nonetheless have entrance to Android apps. But there are over 30 Chromebook models that can entrance this functionality today, and of march all new Chromebooks now and going brazen will offer it too. The conditions has softened dramatically given final year, for sure, though it’s also softened considerably only given a commencement of a summer.
And with that, it’s time to switch from a stream “nothing to see here” mode and accept that a Chromebook hazard to Windows is real. It’s also time to arise adult and acknowledge that Windows 10 S, as now designed, represents a weakest probable response that Microsoft could have offered. And unless and until this conditions changes, we design Chromebooks, and other Chrome OS devices, to continue eating into Windows 10’s use and marketplace share. This is Microsoft’s marketplace to lose.