The Chromebook can now access the Android apps as thy have been made available on the Android OS. As of Thursday, September 15, only 3 of the Chromebook models could run these apps. The models being, the Asus Chromebook Flip, the Acer Chromebook R11 / C738T and the Google Chromebook Pixel (2015). This number is highly likely to increase during the rest of the year and into the start of 2017.
As most of these users would have to wait a while to use the Google Android Play Store on their Chromebooks, the user must know how to access the Android apps beforehand. It all depends on which region you are in and what model of the Chromebook you are using. First, you have to put your Chromebook on developer or beta mode, depending on your model. In order to achieve this, you must go to the Settings pane and look for the About Chrome OS. On seeing the About Chrome OS, one needs to click on More and follow it with Change channel. This must be followed by picking up the least stable developer channel. The user will have to restart the system in order for the changes to materialise.
On restarting, the user would have to confirm to agree to the Google’s terms and then sign in with a new account to be able to download the apps. This is the same procedure as in the Android phones. Both the browsing and installation process are the same as they are on android smartphones. The app, once installed appears in the launcher as can be pinned to the shelf like other apps. Though most of these apps get launched in a phone-sized window, which on maximising destabilise the apps. Though it must be noted that the best tests generally runs for days, and this is only the beginning. users can always switch to tablet modes, though some other apps do have an extra button on the menu that allows the users to switch between Portrait and Landscape modes.
While the wait for the developers to mend all the little tweaks, the experience of using these apps can be very irritating at times with the occasional crashing and hanging. A lot of apps were seen to be hanging or pausing when other apps were being loaded alongside them. These apps run exactly as they do on the Android Smartphone. Though the glitches are occasional and frustrating at times, it is still early days and the tweaks are expected to be amended in the months to come.