Acer Chromebook 14, 15 & Asus C300 Get Android Apps

Following the last wave of pre-release Android apps support that hit certain Chromebooks last month, Google just rolled out this highly anticipated feature to three more Chromebooks via the Chrome OS Dev Channel. More specifically, Android apps are now available on the Acer Chromebook 14, Acer Chromebook 15, and the ASUS C300. Note that the Dev Channel obviously isn't entirely stable, but if you're interested in running Android apps on your Chromebook as soon as possible, continue below.

Namely, you can enable support for Android apps on the Acer Chromebook 14 and the Acer Chromebook 15 using the same method previously described for the Dell Chromebook 13. This technique isn't particularly user-friendly, but it's still relatively straightforward if you follow instructions to the letter. Just make sure you've enabled the Beta Channel and entered the Developer Mode on your Chromebook before you start messing around with the terminal. Also, note that the Play Store support is still pretty banal and will be lost if your power down or reboot your device. On the bright side, you won't have to repeat the whole process if that happens given how you'll still be in Developer Mode, so regaining access to the Play Store will be as simple as opening a terminal and entering a single line of code.

Luckily, getting Android apps support on the ASUS C300 is much easier, as you only need to enable the Dev Channel on that device. So, first of all, open your Chromebook's settings, navigate to About Chrome OS, and hit More Info. From here, select the Change Channel option and pick the Dev Channel on the pop-up window. That's all it takes to enjoy the Play Store on your ASUS C300.

To reiterate, don't expect a perfect experience as this is still an experimental version of Chrome OS support for Android apps. However, if you don't mind tinkering with your device a bit and simply cannot wait to run Android apps on Chrome OS, switching to the Dev Channel will probably be worth it to you. Not unexpectedly, there's still no word on when these three Chromebooks will be getting official Android support through the Stable Channel, but the wait hopefully won't be too long.

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