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Google Play support expands its reach to more Chromebooks

Even more Chromebooks now offer Google Play support, allowing users to enjoy all their favorite Android apps and games. The total number of supported models now exceeds 100, but you’ll need to register for beta releases of Chrome OS in most cases.

The latest notebooks added to the list are models made by Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung. There are too many to mention here, but to find out exactly which models are now supported, follow the source link below to Google’s official list. The latest additions are those that have “Beta Channel” in the “Status” column.

That means you’ll need to install a beta version of Chrome OS in order to access Google Play right away. It will likely be several weeks or even months before the Play Store is available in a stable release for these devices. The good news is, it’s incredibly easy to enable beta updates, and the process doesn’t take too long if you have speedy internet.

To switch, you’ll need to locate the “About Chrome OS” menu within the Settings app. You must then click “Detailed build information,” then “Change channel” before selecting the beta channel. After the download is complete and your Chromebook is restarted, you’ll be running the latest Chrome OS beta. Note that you may need to factory reset your machine, so backup your data.

Not all Android apps and games work well on Chromebooks, but many do — and they’re surprisingly stable even in beta versions of the operating system. You’ll notice there are still a long list of Chromebooks still waiting for Play Store support, but it’s good to see Google is expanding compatibility — albeit a little slowly.

Google Android Authority

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...