Now we can run Android apps on a Asus Chromebook Flip

June 17, 2016 - Kindle Unlimited

As promised, Google has started rolling out an refurbish to Chrome OS that lets we download and implement Android apps from a Google Play Store.

Right now a Chrome OS 53 refurbish is usually accessible for a Asus Chromebook Flip, and you’ll need to be on a developer channel to run Android apps. But a refurbish should be accessible for a Google Chromebook Pixel (2015) and Acer Chromebook R11 soon, and after this year it will hurl out to additional Chrome OS devices.

Fortunately, Asus recently loaned me a Chromebook Flip for contrast purposes, so I’ve been personification around with Android apps on a Chromebook for a past hour.

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Here’s what I’ve schooled so far:

  • You can implement many apps from a Play Store.
  • But not all apps will act a approach you’d expect.
  • All apps can run in full shade or windowed mode, though we can't resize a windows.
  • And when we maximize a window for some apps, you’ll usually see large black bars on a side of a screen, since a app seems to cruise it’s using on a phone rather than a tablet.
  • While we can open mixed Android apps during a same time, usually a app in a forehead will indeed work: we can’t play a video in one window while actively surfing a web in another, for instance.

That said, we was means to implement Google Play Movies TV and Netflix and tide videos from both apps. Whenever we switched to another app or Chrome browser window, a video would pause.

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I was also means to implement a Snapseed picture editor to get a few facilities that are blank from Chrome’s built-in print modifying tools. we also tried Photoshop Express, though it couldn’t find cinema from my downloads or screenshots folders and wanted me to implement Google Photos.

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For reading, we commissioned Amazon Kindle, Marvel Unlimited, and Hoopla for eBooks and comic books. They all work excellent in laptop mode, though rotating a shade and perplexing to review comics in full-screen inscription mode is a bit clunky (most of these apps solidify if we try to do that right now… though I’m anticipating this is a kink that will get worked out).

Kodi media core even runs, nonetheless we didn’t exam it extensively.

And yes… now that a Play Store is available, that means we can simply install Firefox, Opera, or other web browsers on a Chromebook.

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Just note that you’ll finish adult with a mobile versions of those apps, while we still have a desktop chronicle of Chrome… unless we implement a mobile chronicle of Chrome, since you can do that too (although we kept removing “unfortunately Chrome has stopped” blunder messages when we attempted to indeed run Chrome for Android).

Microsoft’s Office mobile apps including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint also work usually fine.

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In further to a Google Play Store, Chrome OS 53 brings an Android Settings menu, that we can entrance by clicking a “App Settings” idol in a Chrome OS settings page. This gives we a ability to perspective Storage USB details, Apps, Security, Location, Accounts, and other options.

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Note that there’s no “unknown sources” option, that means there’s no elementary approach to implement Android APKs that are not from a Google Play Store.

Overall Android apps are already a acquire further to Chrome OS… nonetheless a underline feels a small severe around a edges. But that’s not startling for an initial, developer channel-only release. Hopefully things will usually get better.

I’ll share some-more thoughts about Android apps on a Chromebook Flip in a future. Acer is also promulgation me a Chromebook R11 so that we can review a knowledge of dual of a initial (and cheapest) Chromebooks to support Android apps. Some of a pivotal differences between a dual convertibles is that a Acer indication has an Intel processor and an 11.6 in. display, while a Asus Chromebook Flip facilities a Rockchip ARM-based processor and a 10.1 in. screen.

So distant I’ve been flattering tender with a Chromebook Flip’s performance. It might usually have 16GB of inner storage, though there’s copiousness of space to implement a few essential Android apps (as prolonged as we don’t cruise games with gigabytes of graphics to be essential), and a Rockchip RK3288 processor seems to be quick adequate for many tasks, including web browsing in Chrome or using Android apps.

The Chromebook Flip has a list cost of $249, though it’s mostly on sale for reduction than that. Best Buy is now selling a automobile Chromebook for $229.

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