Android on Chromebooks

Android Apps on your Chromebook

It looks like Google has made build 53 available for the Chromebook Flip (and probably a couple other devices). This means you can now run Android Apps and the Google Play Store natively on your Chromebook Flip. ¬†Early tests are a bit buggy on the Flip, which is to be expected as this is still on the Dev branch (it should be much improved by the time it reaches the stable branch. –

So far, the bugs that I’ve noticed are: Remote control Apps (FireTV can’t find the device on the network) don’t seem to be working, and Android Apps aren’t playing nice with a 2nd monitor.

That being said, apps seem to be fairly smooth, and I’m really stoked for this upgrade as it’s going to explode the popularity of the already popular Chrome OS.

Android on Chromebooks

If you’re the adventurous type, and want to try out the new build, you need to put your Chromebook on the Dev Branch. –Warning, this branch will be buggy!

–If I haven’t scared you off, you can put your device on the Dev branch by following these instructions:

After you’ve backed up your data, follow these steps to switch channels:
  1. Log into your Chromebook.
  2. Click the system tray (bottom right corner)
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Help.
  5. Click More info…
  6. Click Change Channel.
  7. Select the channel you wish to use
  8. Click Change Channel.

For more detailed instructions check out this post by tech republic.

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