As announced at Google I/O last week, the Google Play store is coming to ChromeOS devices and with it a massive injection of apps and services. During the beta, only the ASUS Chromebook Flip, the Acer Chromebook R 11 and the latest Chromebook Pixel will be able to use the update, coming in the Dev Channel M53 build.
But what about long term? What about your Chromebook or Chromebase? Will it ever be graced by Android apps? Well, wonder no more, Google have published a rather extensive list of ChromeOS devices that WILL be getting the Google Play Store when the update rolls out to the stable channel.
We’ve separated the list into the larger OEM vendors the are the most likely to represent the ChromeOS devices locally, but have also included the whole list, partly just to show just how many ChromeOS devices have actually been produced (remembering these are only the devices getting the update!).
First, the ones you can get here:
|Acer||Chromebook 11 C740
Chromebook 11 CB3-111 / C730 / CB3-131
Chromebook 15 CB5-571 / C910
Chromebook 15 CB3-531
Chromebook 14 CB3-431
Chromebook 14 for Work
|Dell||Chromebook 11 3120
Chromebook 13 7310
|Chromebook Pixel (2015)|
|HP||Chromebook 11 G3 / G4 / G4 EE
Chromebook 14 G4
N20 / N20P Chromebook
ThinkPad 11e Chromebook
Thinkpad 13 Chromebook
Thinkpad 11e Chromebook Gen 3
|Samsung||Chromebook 2 11″ – XE500C12
Chromebook 2 (2015)
Now, the full list:
Chromebase Commercial 22″
|CDI||eduGear Chromebook M Series
eduGear Chromebook K Series
|CTL||Chromebook J2 / J4
N6 Education Chromebook
J5 Convertible Chromebook
Chromebook 11 G2
|Sector 5||E1 Rugged Chromebook|
|True IDC||Chromebook 11|
If your current ChomeOS device isn’t on the list, it is somewhat unlikely that it will be added. However, Google wanted to reassure you this doesn’t mean you device won’t continue to get the normal ChromeOS updates, just that the Play Store is not coming to your device. Small compensation if you were excited about getting Android apps on your Chrome device and it’s not on the list I know.
It’s going to be an interesting time to see how apps designed to work on Smartphones and tablets will translate to the more traditional laptop form factor, especially considering only a small proportion of current-gen ChromeOS devices have multi-touch touchscreens. As with all major change we should all expect a few teething problems while Google and app developers work out the kinks.
Do you have a Chromebook? Is your device on the list? Let us know in the comments.