Apps & Software

Chrome OS Dev 53 lets Asus Chromebook Flip owners start downloading Android apps


It was just earlier this week that Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer showed off Android apps running on Chrome OS, and wouldn’t you know it, it’s now possible for people outside of Google to check out the cross-platform functionality, though there are a couple of caveats.

To start, the functionality is currently only available via the latest build of Chrome OS, dev version 53. To get this version of the operating system, a device needs to be enrolled in Google’s Chrome OS developer channel. As with all builds of Chrome OS released to the developer channel, Google warns version 53 is “not suitable for use on your primary device and certain features and apps might break.”

According to 9to5Google, the small group of people who have access to Android apps on their Chromebook have reported a number of notable bugs. For instance, on the Asus Chromebook Flip, currently the only the device that can access Google’s app marketplace after downloading dev version 53, the Play Store treats it like an Android tablet running 6.0.1, preventing it from running smartphone only apps.

Still, people have been waiting for this functionality for a long time now, so bugs or not, the fact that it’s finally making its way to regular users is a big step forward.