Monday , February 26 2018

Google’s Play Store shows up on more and more Chromebooks (that you can’t get in Australia)


Bringing Android apps to Chrome OS is a breath of fresh air for the platform, and in news today, it looks as if the Play Store roll-out continues, with a further four popular Chromebook models receiving updates to allow Android apps to be used. Of course, these updates are only in Chrome’s developer channel, for now, so if you have one of these Chromebooks you’ll have to flick to developer mode to access the Play Store for now.

The newly supported Chromebooks include:

  • Dell’s Chromebook 13
  • HP 13
  • Samsung Chromebook 3
  • ASUS C301SA

Of course, this news won’t be too useful for many Australian users, because most of these devices aren’t readily available locally. Dell only sells the Chromebook 11 in Australia, and equally HP’s Chromebook 13 isn’t readily available here. Neither are Samsung’s Chromebook 3 or ASUS’ C301SA available in Australia.

So really, this news is great if you’ve imported one of these, or you’ve bought one through unofficial channels, otherwise for most Australian Chromebooks, you’ll just have to wait a bit more.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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