Support for Android apps appeared on a number of new Chromebooks

05 June 2017
Many owners and potential buyers of Chromebooks are eagerly waiting for these gadgets to support Android apps. Such devices already exist, but their number is very small - only 14 models. However, more than 80 are expected to acquire the above-mentioned function in the future. But not so long ago four new devices got access to the Google Play store. They were Acer Chromebook Spin 11, HP Chromebook x360 11 G1 EE, and Lenovo ThinkPad 11e and Yoga 11e.Many people will probably be interested in devices from Lenovo. Both are designed for the education sector, have 11.6-inch screens and are based on Celeron N3450 processors. The main difference between the models is that the ThinkPad 11e is made in the form of a familiar laptop, and the Yoga 11e is a device "2 in 1". It's worth noting, however, that the Google Play app store appears on these gadgets only when using the beta version of the new Chrome OS.Another device that got access to the new feature was the HP Chromebook x360 11 G1 EE. As with the gadgets from Lenovo, this Chromebook will give the owner access to Google Play only when using the beta version of Chrome OS. It is worth noting that this device has as many as four variations. True, all of them are equipped with the same Celeron N3350 processor, as well as Gorilla Glass 3. In addition, the Chromebook from HP boasts a rubber trim and keyboard protection against liquid penetration. By the way, like the aforementioned Yoga 11e, HP Chromebook x360 11 G1 EE is also a "transformer".Another interesting gadget that got support for the new feature was Acer Chromebook Spin 11. Its main difference from the above devices is the availability of the Android app store "out of the box", without the need to use the beta version of the OS. This Chromebook complies with the Army's MIL-STD 810G ruggedness standard, has an 11.6-inch screen and two cameras - one above the screen and one under the keyboard. At the same time, the device is designed for use in education. True, it has a significant drawback: Acer Chromebook Spin 11 was introduced to the public back in January this year, but it still hasn't hit the market. Given the small number of Chromebooks that support Android apps - the addition of 4 models was quite significant. Despite the fact that for most of them the new feature is only available in the beta version of Chrome OS, the owners of the corresponding devices should not have any difficulties. Switching from beta to stable and back is quite easy. Detailed instructions can be found on the official Google support site in the Chromebook section.