Google’s killer feature for Chromebooks has started to roll out

2016.06.17 03

At its I/O developers conference last month, Google announced that the Google Play app store would soon be available on its set of Chromebook laptops.

Now, that plan is starting to come to fruition.

As noted by Google’s François Beaufort,  anyone with an Asus Chromebook Flip  can now access the Play Store, and the millions of Android apps within it, by switching to Chrome OS’s developer channel.

Beaufort says other devices will follow with the update “very soon.” Last month Google noted  that Acer’s Chromebook R11 (C738T) and its own Chromebook Pixel (2015) would also be in the first wave of Google Play-enabled Chromebooks, so expect those to gain the update before long.

As you can guess, the developer channel is meant for developers, so ordinary users will have to dig into the “About Chrome OS” part of the Settings menu (and reboot their computers) to access the store. Just know that there might be bugs.

Google’s killer feature for Chromebooks has started to roll out