Google Play Store doors are now open for a few Chrome OS devices

Owners of a few Chromebooks suffering from app envy can now rejoice. The latest 53.0.2785.129 Chrome OS release opens the doors to the Google Play Store to owners of the Acer Chromebook R11, Asus Chromebook Flip, and Google Pixel (2015) using the stable channel of Google's Linux-based operating system.

Chrome OS devices have had limited access to Android apps going all the way back to late 2014. Speculation about a merger of Google's Chrome OS and the company's more popular Android smartphone OS has been present since before the first production Chrome devices shipped in 2011. A few devices have been able to access the online store and run Android apps using the operating system's beta channel since August of this year.

Google promises that Chromebook devices from a range of manufacturers will be added later in 2016 or in 2017. Today's new release also includes bug fixes and kernel updates related to the Trusted Platform Module in the three previously mentioned devices, but Play Store access is clearly the most interesting feature. Prospective Chromebook buyers on the fence because of concerns about limited app availability now have a good reason to take the plunge.

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    • prb123
    • 3 years ago

    Any VMs of this yet? Want to dump Bluestacks.

    • Laykun
    • 3 years ago

    Can we get more tablet versions of apps now please?

      • End User
      • 3 years ago

      This

    • tsk
    • 3 years ago

    Once Andromeda launches, Windows laptops will for the first time ever have a serious competitor other than Apple, and Microsoft is gonna feel the pain.

      • sweatshopking
      • 3 years ago

      Maybe long term. Not in the near future though. Enterprise is too dependant upon windows, as are most consumers. 5-10 years though, this will be a problem for MS. I think we’ll see Microsoft making windows free everywhere in the next few years in order to compete, but you can understand why they’re so focused on alternative platforms now. They can see that it’ll be hard to hold the desktop alone.

        • tsk
        • 3 years ago

        You’re definitely right about enterprise, however I expect it to take off for consumers within three years. It will be really interesting to follow.
        I do believe Microsoft is making the right decisions at the moment though, even if consumers wanted Windows 7 v2 and for them to only focus on the OS, it would have been a swift ticket to the grave.

        Edit; Typo

          • sweatsshopking
          • 3 years ago

          Microsoft will keep the price tag on for the Enterprise edition and may go free on consumer edition.

            • sweatshopking
            • 3 years ago

            That’s likely true. Nice post, number one fan.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 3 years ago

    Suddenly Chrome OS just got a lot more useful. The Android/iOS version of the individual MS Office apps is really nice, for instance.

    It’d also be super cool if Chrome OS machines could become Android development machines. Anything to make any third-party OS/tools/whatever optional.

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