Chrome OS developer channel 53 has integrated the Google Play Store into the Asus Chromebook Flip. Recently, Google disclosed that the Android apps would be made available to Chrome OS in the upcoming Google I/O conference. With the current update for the Chromebook Flip, we can expect the arrival of full-fledged Android apps and games to Chrome OS by the end of 2016.
There are rumors about the availability of a similar update to the Chromebook Pixel and Acer Chromebook R11. However, as of writing this, we don’t have any update regarding the integration of Play Store on the above devices.
According to reports, the Play Store update, available from the developer channel comes with apps such as Hangouts, Maps, Search. Moreover, you will be able to install Google Now launcher but you will not be able to change the launcher. This is because of the fact that the launcher is in the Windowed app mode.
Even though few apps work well, apps like Google+ or Talon for Twitter are incompatible at this point of time. The developers need to take into account the capabilities of various Flip and other Chromebooks and should build apps compatible with the device hardware.
While the integration, Chrome OS will enable developers to expand their applications market share. Users will be able to make use of their favorite Android apps directly on their Chromebooks without depending upon a device loaded with Android.
With the help of Play Store integration, you will be able to work with apps like Google Play Movies & TV and Netflix, Snapseed image editor, Photoshop Express, and more. However, users have faced several problems while working with the above apps on their Asus Chromebook Flip.
The Android Settings menu in the new Chrome OS 53 enables you to view storage and USB details, Apps, Security, Location, Accounts among other parameters. You can access it by selecting “App Settings” icon in the Chrome OS settings page.
The main benefit of porting an Android app to Chrome OS is that the apps can be displayed in three different window sizes to provide the best possible user experience. Moreover, users will be able to multi-task with multiple Android apps in moveable windows alongside a full desktop browser including the ability to receive Android notifications on the Chromebooks. The integration of Play Store into Chrome OS will also pave the way for seamless file sharing between both Android and Chrome apps via the Files app.
In addition to Asus Chromebook Flip, you can also expect to play with Android apps on a wide range of Chromebooks by the end of 2016. You will find a list of all devices here.