Google has been ramping up its Chromebook efforts and now the Google Play Store will finally make an appearance on the Chromebook. This news comes right after Chromebook outsold MacBook’s in US this quarter. The surge in sales is attributed to the US schools who prefer the lite affordable machines for students. Furthermore, the machine has been instantaneous at all the time unlike Windows which takes its own time to boot and shutdown.
However, beyond the apparent advantages that come bundled with the Chromebook also came a dearth of apps. Despite the fact that Google Chrome Store already has most of the apps in a lite web version it somehow still crippled the productivity for some. Adding fuel to the fire was the fact that Google were slow in adding codec support and the video player was bare basic.
The Playstore support will not only bring in tons of apps for the Chromebook but it will also signal the arrival of Android apps for laptops. Android apps will also add new dimensions of utility, for instance Chromebook users can now effortlessly make a Skype Call, use Office Applications and also play Android games. Google further promises that the apps running on Android smartphones and tablets will also run on the Chromebooks. The very fact that Chromebook users can now choose from 2-Million apps looks appealing.
Google will incrementally rollout the developer channel starting with ASUS Chromebook Flip, Acer Chromebook R11 and the Chromebook Pixel. Another exciting aspect is that Google is already in works with its partners to come up with a Play version of its Chromebook. If you are anxious to know whether your Chromebook will support the Playstore, here is a list to help you out with it.
I had earlier tried out installing Android.apk file on my Chromebook by using Arcwelder and it worked well, even though the app was not ported to work for large screens. With the ability to install apps from the Google Playstore Chromebook’s will finally get the chance to go on loggerheads with its competitors and all the while we just hope that the user experience remains intact/enhanced.