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Android apps and games have landed on the first Chrome OS device


As promised by Google last month, Android apps and games have begun to arrive on Chrome OS. The first device to get them is the Asus Chromebook Flip, and according to Google's François Beaufort "more devices will follow very soon."

Flip owners who want to access Android apps will have to update the device to run the developer channel of Chrome OS, with the latest version delivering the Play Store to the desktop. The Acer Chromebook R11, C738T, and the 2015 Chromebook Pixel are also scheduled to get access to the Play Store this month, but reports from users suggest this isn't happening completely smoothly. You can check out a fuller list of devices that will work with Android apps now and later in the year here.

In our early hands-on with Android apps on a Chromebook we thought the software's integration was impressive. The apps run natively (rather than being emulated), appear as regular windowed programs (rather than quarantined in some Android-only zone), and as most Android applications are designed with smartphones in mind, they should run well on even low-end Chromebooks. Let's hope the roll-out to more devices goes smoothly too.