Google announced that its Google Play Store for apps will be coming to new Chromebooks soon. The Chromebook has become one of the most popular laptops among schools nationwide.
Google said in the first quarter of this year, Chromebooks topped Macs in overall shipments to become the #2 most popular PC operating system in the US behind Windows.
With Google Play coming to Chromebooks, this means you’ll be able to download and use Android apps, so you can make a Skype call, work with Office files and be productive offline — or take a break with games like Minecraft, Hearthstone or Clash of Clans. The same apps that run on phones and tablets can now run on Chromebooks without compromising their speed, simplicity or security. This is good for users and great for developers – in addition to phones and tablets, they will be able to easily bring their apps to laptops. And all this is built on top of Chrome OS, so users will continue to have everything they love in their Chromebooks.
Google Play will start rolling out in the developer channel with M53 on the ASUS Chromebook Flip, the Acer Chromebook R 11 and the latest Chromebook Pixel. Over time, this will roll out to other Chromebooks in the market too.
Not all Chromebooks will have access to Google Play. Here is a list of supported Chromebooks later this year.