Last years big event for Chromebooks was the introduction of Google Play, at least for some models. It’s been a slow road for older models, but Google has now updated their support page listing with a bit more of a progress indicator.
The support page is on the Chromium website, and lists all the models that will be getting Android Apps. It also shows whether the feature is live, and on which version of Chrome OS (Stable, Beta or Developer) the Chromebook needs to be on to get the Play Store. It also lists which devices are still ‘Planned’, though it doesn’t give an idea of when that planned support is coming. Google has said that Chrome OS devices from 2017 on-wards will get Google Play store on them, so announced devices like the Samsung Chromebook Pro are all listed.
Of the devices currently on the market, only a smattering have access to the Google Play Store, though you may have to put them onto the Beta channel to get the Google Play Store. These devices include:
- Acer Chromebook R13 (CB5-312T) – Beta Channel
- AOpen Chromebox Mini – Stable Channel
- AOpen Chromebase Mini – Stable Channel
- ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 – Beta Channel
- Samsung Chromebook Plus – Stable Channel
We’re still fairly low on the Chromebook totem pole here in Australia with retail availability of Chromebooks extremely scarce. You can still order in Chromebooks from places like JB Hi-Fi, or from places on StaticIce if you’re in the market.
For anyone who’s willing to order in from the US though you can have a lot more selection, so just bear in mind when ordering which devices you’ll be able to get the Play Store on.