Google seems to have finally fulfilled its promise of offering Play Store for its Chromebook users via both the beta and the stable builds. Until now most of the Chromebook laptops that have received the Play Store are part of the Chrome OS Beta Channel. However starting now Chromebook buyers will be getting to choose from three laptops that will offer Play Store in a stable version of the Chrome OS.
The new Chromebook models include Asus Chromebook Flip C302, Dell Chromebook 3189, Lenovo Chromebook N22 and Lenovo IdeaPad N42. It’s quite likely that the three new models of Chromebook will be sold to schools and educational institutes. The laptops also come powered by the Intel Braswell processors and with other educational segment features like the spill-resistant keyboards, reinforced ports and a sealed touchpad.
Armed with Android app support the Chromebooks are a potent threat to the Windows powered budget laptops. On the contrary, Microsoft is also bettering its low end offering with Windows 10 S. However, the Chromium support page is yet to be updated with the details. In case you are using a Chromebook try performing a manual update by using “check for updates” button.
Chromebook is a great choice for those of us who presumably use the laptops for web browsing and other connected activities. The super fast boot times and the battery backup along with affordability have been the Chromebooks forte. Unlike before the Android apps open up to a whole new set of possibilities and since most of the apps already support Chrome OS one shouldn’t really have a problem.
On a related note Google Chromebook sales have also soared high and in 2015 the device overtook MacBooks in the U.S for the first time ever. Google is undoubtedly in a dominant position when it comes to the K-12 education market as it commands a whopping 58 percent. Windows clings to the second place with 22 percent followed by MacOS and iOS at 19-percent.