All Future Chromebook Laptops Will Be Android Compatible
Last year, Google made the announcement that Android apps and their Play Store would be supported on all future Chromebooks though they did not give us a date for this feature. Now, it looks like Google is making this a reality. A recently released list of future Chromebooks shows that every model set to launch this will year will be compatible with Android apps.
At CES, several new Chromebooks were announced such as the Samsung Chromebook Pro and Plus along with two new Acer devices. It’s now been confirmed that these devices will come with the Play Store installed and you’ll be able to use all of your Android apps. However, it isn’t just these newer models that will be getting the Android treatment. Google has announced that they will be releasing an update for several older models that will allow them to use Android apps as well. These models include the ASUS Chromebook Flip, Acer R11/C738T, and the Google Pixel 2.
That being said, not every Chromebook will receive the Android update. Google has said that the apps will only run on newer systems and that they intentionally decided not to try and update the older models. Despite this, Google has promised that older models will still receive regular updates for up to five years from their launch date. Some users will likely be disappointed that their older laptops won’t be receiving the Android update, at least they can take comfort in the fact that their laptop will still be receiving regular support.
Overall, this should come as welcome news for Chromebook users. With the exception of the Google Pixel, Chromebooks have always thrived as laptops for budget-conscious consumers. Their lack of power and features were offset by their affordability and ease of use. Android’s numerous apps should go a long way in helping to increase the functionality of the Chromebook line.
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