These Are the Chromebooks Getting Android App Support
Jacob Kastrenakes writes for The Verge that Android apps are coming to Chromebooks.
Android Apps in Chromebooks
Chromebooks are about to get far more capable with the addition of Android apps, but unfortunately, not all Chromebooks are going to get that capability. After announcing plans to roll out Android app support last week, Google released a list detailing which Chromebooks will be getting support for them — and there are a lot missing.
It's a pretty lengthy list, and there's a good chance that if you bought a Chromebook in the past year, you'll be in fine shape. But if you bought a Chromebook two or three years back, you may not be as lucky. Google's 2013 Pixel, for instance, isn't getting Android app support. Nor is anything from Acer's popular C720 series.
"Sorry, Early Adopters"
Google didn't say why some Chromebooks won't be getting support. PC World speculates that it may have to do with how Android app support is being implemented, rather than being a hardware limitation. It suggests that supported Chromebooks may be running on a newer version of Chrome OS's core code, which would be a lot of work to update older machines to.
Android app support starts in June with three laptops: Acer's Chromebook R11, Asus' Chromebook Flip, and Google's 2015 Chromebook Pixel. Over the rest of the year, it's supposed to come to over 50 additional models — the full list is here. Below you can see an abridged list of some of the major Chromebooks (and other Chrome OS devices) gaining support:
Acer Chromebook 11 C740 Chromebase 24 Chromebook 11 CB3-111 / C730 / CB3-131 Chromebook 15 CB5-571 / C910 Chromebook 15 CB3-531 Chromebox CXI2 Chromebook 14 CB3-431 Chromebook 14 for Work Asus Chromebook C200 Chromebook C201 Chromebook C202SA Chromebook C300SA Chromebook C300 Chromebox CN62 Chromebit CS10 Dell Chromebook 11 3120 Chromebook 13 7310 Google Chromebook Pixel (2015) HP Chromebook 11 G3 / G4 / G4 EE Chromebook 14 G4 Chromebook 13 Lenovo 00S Chromebook N20 / N20P Chromebook N21 Chromebook ThinkCentre Chromebox ThinkPad 11e Chromebook N22 Chromebook Thinkpad 13 Chromebook Thinkpad 11e Chromebook Gen 3 Samsung Chromebook 2 11" - XE500C12 Chromebook 3 Toshiba Chromebook 2 Chromebook 2 (2015)
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