Google first announced plans to bring Google Play and Android apps to Chromebooks back in May. The company has been slowly creeping towards that goal ever since, and this week is took a major step forward. Google Play access is now available in the default “stable channel” on Chrome OS, though it still has some limitations.
The new feature is currently only available for just two Chromebook models, the Acer R11 and the Asus Chromebook Flip. Google told VentureBeat that Google Play access is coming to the 2015 Chromebook Pixel soon. The company’s also promised to add support for more devices before the end of the year. It has also teased new hardware designed specifically for running Android apps on Chrome OS.
Google Play for Chrome OS is still officially in beta, and you have to manually switch it on in the Settings menu. The setup process is easy, though. Plenty of Android apps don’t exactly translate to a trackpad either, so don’t expect a seamless experience for now.
Still, this is a pretty big deal for Google, marking a major milestone in its efforts to integrate Android apps into Chrome OS. If you have the Acer R11 or Asus Chromebook Flip you can try it out for yourself now.