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Android + Chrome OS = Future

Google is bringing millions of Android app to Chromebooks with the launch of Google Play for Chrome OS — but not every device will be able to join in the fun.

Google has a list of Chromebooks that support Android apps and, rather shockingly, a number of best-selling devices are not on the list.

Find out if your device is among them by looking at the list below.

Which Chromebooks Will Support Android Apps?

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Below is a list of Chromebooks that will support running Android apps.

If your Chromebook is a couple of years old then there’s a good chance that you’ll get access to millions of Android app later this year.

Many older Chrome OS devices sadly won’t.

Among the well-known devices to miss out is the original Google Chromebook Pixel, released in 2013, the best-selling Acer C720 Chromebook, and every Chromebase model released so far.

It’s also worth noting that not every Chromebook will get access to Google Play at the same time. Support for the feature will roll out in stages.

The following 3 devices will be given early access next month, with the launch of Chrome OS v53 on the developer channel:

  • Acer Chromebook R11
  • ASUS Chromebook Flip
  • Google Chromebook Pixel (2015)

The rest of the devices, grouped by OEM:

Acer — Supported Chrome OS Devices:

  • Chromebook 11 C740
  • Chromebase 24
  • Chromebook 11 CB3-111 / C730 / CB3-131
  • Chromebook R11
  • Chromebook 15 CB5-571 / C910
  • Chromebook 15 CB3-531
  • Chromebox CXI2
  • Chromebook 14 CB3-431
  • Chromebook 14 for Work

ASUS — Supported Chrome OS Devices

  • Chromebook Flip
  • Chromebook C200
  • Chromebook C201
  • Chromebook C202SA
  • Chromebook C300SA
  • Chromebook C300
  • Chromebox CN62
  • Chromebit CS10

Dell — Supported Chrome OS Devices

  • Chromebook 11 3120
  • Chromebook 13 7310

Google — Supported Chrome OS Devices

  • Chromebook Pixel (2015)

HP — Supported Chrome OS Devices

  • Chromebook 11 G3 / G4 / G4 EE
  • Chromebook 14 G4
  • Chromebook 13

Lenovo  — Supported Chrome OS Devices

  • 00S Chromebook
  • N20 / N20P Chromebook
  • N21 Chromebook
  • ThinkCentre Chromebox
  • ThinkPad 11e Chromebook
  • N22 Chromebook
  • Thinkpad 13 Chromebook
  • Thinkpad 11e Chromebook Gen 3

Samsung — Supported Chrome OS Devices

  • Chromebook 2 11-inch (XE500C12)
  • Chromebook 3

Toshiba — Supported Chrome OS Devices

  • Chromebook 2
  • Chromebook 2 (2015)

CTL — Supported Chrome OS Devices

  • N6 Education Chromebook
  • J5 Convertible Chromebook

Other Supported Chrome OS Devices

  • Haier Chromebook 11e & 11 G2
  • HiSense Chromebook 11

For the full list see this Google Support page.

Google says it will update the list ‘as new devices are added’, and notes that those Chrome devices not on the list will “…continue to get new features and improvements”.

Is your device on the list? Let us know by voting in the poll below, or commenting in the comments section. 

  • I think you mean “If” instead of “It”.

  • Mace Moneta

    If I have to change Chromebooks in order to use this, then the manufacturer that provides the most complete coverage for their *existing* product line gets my business. It tells me they stand behind their products, and don’t abandon their existing customers.

    • person

      It’s nothing manufacturers have any control over. The feature Google uses to support Android apps in ChromeOS doesn’t exist on older Chromebooks and is not easily patched in. Google said they’ll try porting the feature back after they get everything reasonable stable.

  • Tom Dupont

    What is that for a poll ? No, my C720 won’ t support android apps and that really sucks :-( Do you think that I should by another Chromebook ? What tells me that Chromebook will still exist within 24 months ?

    • abqnm

      What tells me that Chromebook will still exist within 24 months ?

      This should. Adding Android apps to the 2nd most popular computing platform in the world should be a pretty good indication it’s not going anywhere.

    • Jaymi Gibbs

      Yeah. I’d go for either the R11, C740, or if you want a 13inch go for Toshiba Chromebook 2 2015. Although if you have extra money go with dell.

  • Oh cmon no support for the Acer C720? Acer trying to force a large majority to upgrade? My C720 works awesome and there is no real other need to upgrade it.

    • MAS Googler

      Kernal versions. Google is only supporting this feature on the newest kernal at the moment. They will try to back port to older kernels in the future

  • FirstLine

    No CN60.

    • Mason

      I know how you feel. I just bought an Asus CN60 with an intel i3 4010u!!!!!!

      I contacted google they told me to use this command to send a request directly.

      alt+shift+i (without the “+” signs)

      • FirstLine

        I’ll do the same. Most stores are selling the CN60.

  • ikeofkc

    potentially taking off crouton for my pixel LS. Might still need krita, blender, and ardour though.

  • El Fredo

    There’s a 5th option missing from the poll: “No, And I’m Pissed Off”

    • Jad

      Exactly, really pissed that my C720 isn’t supported.

      • MAS Googler

        Kernal versions. They will be trying to port it to older versions, but that’s after initial alpha testing and release

  • toddh

    The c720 and original pixel not getting Android apps makes zero sense. Both are as powerful or much more so than my cb3-111. Hopefully an announcement of support for them is yet to come.

    • abqnm

      It’s clearly based on release date and product life cycle. There is no other explanation for why Bay Trail devices will get this but the older but more powerful Haswell models don’t.

      Until this news the other day, I wouldn’t have called my c720 dying and me using a gifted CB3-111 a good thing. But I guess it is now. I’m glad I pulled the CB3 out of the closet and began using it instead of buying another used c720.

      • Reisen Udongein Inaba

        C720 isn’t end of life until 2018 though…

      • MAS Googler

        Kernal versions is why

  • lukasyno

    ASUS, Acer and Lenovo chromeboxes on the list, but there’s no HP Chromebox O.o … fingers crossed it will appear on the list

  • fahadayaz

    The Chromebooks that aren’t supporting Android apps aren’t because they’re not powerful enough. (the original Pixel is more powerful than most!) The reason is that Google is only targeting devices with the latest kernel version. Chrome OS devices (as Android ones) stay on the same kernel, even through OS upgrades.

    The same kernel is going to be shared by Chrome OS and the Android Runtime on the device.

  • Felix

    Why not Acer Chromebook 13?! Powerfull like the 11 but no support. Why?! :'(

    • person

      I believe the 13 uses an Nvidia SoC (11 is Intel) and those don’t currently support the feature that allows Android apps to work in ChromeOS.

      • Waethorn

        Probably licensing with NVIDIA. They are extremely strict about the usage of any given kernel, which is why Tegra Android tablets just aren’t getting OS updates – except for their own.

        • Maciej Zdebski

          Shame on NVIDIA, why didn’t I choose one of the versions with Intel’s processor…
          Maybe some day they will do sth with that…

          • Waethorn

            NVIDIA is terrible with their support of open source software. Just ask Linus Torvalds.

            They, like a lot of companies, keep their firmware interfaces closed tight behind NDA’s.

        • CloudaneUK

          How irritating. *makes Linus style gestures and remarks towards NVIDIA*

  • At Google I/O, the engineer I spoke to right after the press announcement said they’re trying their best to go back as far as they can, but it takes time.

  • Richiestone

    my asus chromebook c201p no support. Why?

  • Mark Darlington

    I have a Asus C300M…..there needs to be a option ‘I think it will be supported’. As per your article the naming convention is awful. No ideal what the difference is between a C300M and a C300 or even a C300SA

    • bneals

      I’m in the exact same boat. I have a 300m and I don’t know if that means I’m in or not. I guess time will tell. Even if it doesn’t come, the reality is that my 300m is the best electronics purchase that I have made in past 5 years. I paid $150 for it new and it basically serves all of my browsing needs. Android apps would just make the purchase so much sweeter and would allow me to do ally gain access to exchange support (which is available on my phone but not on my Chromebook).

  • ChrisGX

    I looked at the specs of the Acer Chromebook R11, ASUS Chromebook Flip and Google Chromebook Pixel (2015) in the hope that there was something that would stand out that could explain why those those computers in particular would be best suited as testing platforms for the early access version of the forthcoming Chrome OS. So far, I have found nothing – between the three devices there are basic differences in chip architecture, features and connectivity standards. Maybe, that is the point – Google is proving the general applicability of the revised OS. But it is hard to be sure what the motivation is for singling out these three devices. I would be interested in any insights others may have on this question.

    • fahadayaz

      It’s not to do with hardware specs. It’s more about the kernel that runs on the device. I briefly mentioned why in an earlier comment.

      • ChrisGX

        Targeting recent versions of Chrome OS and Chromebook hardware for updates is not hard to understand – the objective of minimising incompatibilities is always best served by a strategy which puts emphasis on porting between closely contemporaneous versions of software and hardware platforms. But, I am not convinced that the M53 (i.e. development version) branch of the Chrome OS won’t be a new kernel. There are normally very few hardware dependencies that prevent installation of newer Linux based OSes (and kernels) on existing hardware platforms, there is only a question of convenience in doing so – this kind of update may be beyond the capability of certain users. I doubt that the picture is any different for Chromebooks and I also note that Linux (and I assume Chrome OS) has had the capability to dynamically perform live patching of the OS for some time.

        I have done some checking but haven’t been able to ascertain whether the new OS will come with a new or substantially revised kernel. Developers and testers working with the source code would be better placed to answer that question. Nor, is there much information about regarding how Chrome OS versions align with the Linux mainline kernel – so no help there either. Enlightenment with concrete information from anyone working with the M53 code would be appreciated.

        My inclination as to why these three Chromebooks were singled out (i.e. Why these 3 rather than the 36 others listed?) is that it was a commercial decision – one Pixel, one for Acer, a strong Chromebook supporter and one for mainland China and the tremendous significance that the latter has for the future of snall computing devices. That’s a guess.

        • Stellanatus

          Asus flip is a touch screen and can flip its keyboad behind it to become a tablet. The pixel is a flagship chromebook so of course they will add it there. Idk about the 3rd.

          Also the build of these is verymuch the same hardware specs as the Android counter parts

          • Ride or die

            you have three different chip sets one Celeron, one Corei, and one ARM all have touch screens and r11 and flip are the only convertibles that are Chromebooks. that would be my guess as to why the three were chosen

          • Waethorn

            All 3 are touchscreen.

    • person

      As far as I’m aware, they’re the most recently released touch screen equipped devices (if not the only recent ones). And with Chromebooks, kernel updates are generally avoided.

      • ChrisGX

        Yes, it does make sense that Google would want to demonstrate full touchscreen compatibility (i.e. for Android apps running on chrome OS) across a range of represenative hardware. I expect that would be one reason for choosing these devices, although there probably would be others.

      • ChrisGX

        “And with Chromebooks, kernel updates are generally avoided.”

        Yes, that does seem to be that case and it is strange because:
        – it flies in the face of Google’s stated objective and policy to track Linux mainline
        – there is no technical obstacle to performing such updates, that I am aware of
        – the inclusion of drivers and special hardware based code in libraries in the mainline codebase is an accepted method to ensure code stability and reduce complexity of the development process – it reduces the need to maintain multiple codebases – while ensuring a rapid pace of development

        Being rather half-hearted in its support for Linux mainline it is not surprising to find Google OS engineers expressing views that they do not like having to maintain more than “one Linux version” for a particular hardware device. What this actually means is that Google must simultaneously maintain lots of versions of Linux, with different versions being targeted to support particular hardware devices. So, any code changes that Google considers necessary or useful will therefore have to be ported to all or most of these kernels/versions. That is slightly crazy. Sony, for example, has complained about the cost that comes from having Android development outside the mainline development process and some SoC suppliers (e.g. Texas Instruments) wear their full support for the Linux mainline process as a badge of pride and a competitive advantage.

        Google should get a wiggle on and properly support the mainline development process.

    • All the 3 have touch screens.

      • ChrisGX

        Yes, it seems that would be the thing.

  • yowlingcat

    I’ve got the Pixel and the Flip, so I’m pretty pleased. I can’t wait in fact.

    I just palmed off my old C720P to my wife, who is thrilled with it, and she’s taking me out to dinner today, which is more than I could have got for it on the Bay!!

  • Jordana Sinclair

    I’m using the Acer Aspire C11 (it’s a bunch of numbers after that that I can’t remember).

    it won’t get the google play store which annoys me since I just bought it.

    but a friend is going to help me put GalliumOS on it so a 320gb hard drive, 4gb of RAM, etc it’ll be a good Linux machine.

  • I have the C720 and the Series 3 Samsung one. I understand dropping the Samsung one, but why wouldn’t they support the C720? It’s a great laptop!

    • person

      Can’t be helped. The original method for Android apps on Chromebooks didn’t have very good performance and required too much work from devs. The new method fixes that but has limited compatibility as the feature that makes it work doesn’t exist on older Chromebooks. They said they’ll try to port it back after they get the feature stable.

      • And what is this “feature that makes it work [that] doesn’t exist on older Chromebooks”?

      • ChrisGX

        “the feature that makes it work doesn’t exist on older Chromebooks”

        Are you referring to kernel support support for Linux containers? That came initially in 2.6.24 released on 24 January 2008. It has been in Chrome OS since the beginning of its development. Google was the driving force behind the early kernel changes, I believe. The code and features no doubt have changed somewhat since then.

        You may be referring to the growing popularity of containers and the shift of perception at occurred leading to Docker (the software and company) being recognised as offering new possibilities in application deployment and contained execution. That happened around 2013. There may be some changes required to the Linux kernel to fully support Docker and similar systems but they will be barely perceptible because most of what is needed is already there and has been there for a long time.

        • person

          A bit of a hyperbole on my part. The implementation was built off 3.10 and devices on earlier versions may require patching, to be assessed as the feature stabilizes.

          • ChrisGX

            Google seems to base Chome OS on Linux mainline “long term support” releases. 3.14 was one such and the upgradable Chomebooks seem to have that version or something later. The newest LTS release is 4.4 and you will find it supported in the Chrome OS repositories.

            To make proper use of ‘containers’ a significant update to versions of Chrome OS currently in circulation will have to occur. Google must either A) update the kernel to the latest LTS or B) backport changes the Linux community is making to current experimental or stable kernels to earlier version of the kernel that are found on already shipped Chromebooks out there. The sane approach would be to do A if you can and do B only if you must. I don’t know what Google’s plans are but if they want to do B when they could easily do A, I would say they have a screw loose.

            Even with the 4.4 LTS version of the kernel the platform will still be incomplete as a platform for contained application execution. Kernel level support for containers is a work in progress – version 4.6 of the Linux kernel incorporated some of the most critical functions to support containers so far. Chromebooks, despite their unique qualities, are personal computers, and being stranded on an old kernel reduces the value of the device as a computer.

  • Mi Pen

    I also have a C720 and am really annoyed its not going to be supported.

    • Jaymi Gibbs

      I would probably go for C740. For around the same price you get a faster processor and a bigger screen.

      • Mi Pen

        I want a flip because its lighter. Plus it has a touch screen and looks like its gonna be light on power usage.

  • Jaymi Gibbs

    I really wanted the i3 C720, but never mind. . .

    • yowlingcat

      That would be quite something was there one? I loved the C720P, great form factor and battery. Not sure the battery would survive having an i3 inside …

      • Ulysses 31

        the i3 is a perfect little device, but now let down (and plummeted in value) with the lack of android app store access.

  • Matt Hopper

    Great! My Chromebook is becoming more and more awesome, currently playing games through Steam via Ubuntu Crouton install, and now soon to get google play store. Can’t see how this isn’t awesome!

  • KevinV

    I wish my C720P was supported! I purchased the touch screen functionality because I knew this was only a matter of time!

    • MAS Googler

      If you buy a device based on assumptions, always be prepared to be disappointed. Buy a device based on its current use case, not assumed future use cases

  • IluvFefeDobson4Eva!✨

    When they said HiSense Chromebook 11,do they mean HiSense Chromebook C11?Mine is a C11.

    • person

      As far as I’m aware, they only have the one.

      • The Dynamic Melon

        It has to be separate… I have a C11, too, and I have booted into the 56.0 dev channel… No Android app support, then again, mine may be refurbished. I do not know.

  • ftv00es

    Happy that my Acer CXI2 is included. I can imagine all the possibilities… can’t wait! :)

  • El Cid

    I was pretty excited about the announcement but not so happy that my C720p won’t be supported! I do have a serious question though, not trolling here! I got to thinking, I have a Galaxy Tab S with keyboard and was wondering should I really care about the Chromebook? What am I really losing by using the Tab S as opposed to the Chromebook? I can use any app out there, gorgeous screen, plenty of battery life etc, etc. Like I said, serious question because I am by no means the most tech savvy person and was wondering if I was missing something.


    • ChrisGX

      You lose i) a bit of screen size ii) a keyboard (although I know Samsung makes keyboards to suit their tablets in certain cases) iii) the desktop oriented free form windows interface on the updatable or future chromebooks and iv) nothing much else if you weren’t using Chrome OS specific apps or functions.

      Still, without intending to stir the pot, Google could be clearer on its update policy on Chromebooks. Firstly, during the life of a computer, and a Chromebook is a notebook computer, after all, the expectation of updates is entirely reasonable. Of course if there are hardware or firmware issues preventing this or a Chromebook has some peculiar hardware without current driver support updating the OS will not always be an option. Still, what prevents the C720p from being updated? I am troubled that there may not be anything preventing such an update. Google needs to explain why people using what appear to be perfectly viable Chromebooks are being left high and dry.

    • yowlingcat

      I think that is exactly the point: what is the difference now between a CB and a large Android tablet with keyboard? or even a phablet? I suppose the CB concept is more around expecting to find a keyboard and trackpad (or mouse), while the tablet is still seen as a media consumption device, not for serious work. I think the general point is that a CB is for work, creating things like lecture notes and spreadsheets, while the tablet is more aimed at people want to watch a movie. In a few years, the market may converge – I don’t expect Google really knows what is going to happen. But yes, if you rushed out and got a Pixel C with keyboard, why bother with a CB? At the moment, CB’s are better at multitasking, and with bigger screens will in general allow different apps to run side by side, but that’s all now.

  • LJ

    Is the compatibility list due to ARM compatible apps and removing Intel?
    Pity as my c710 has a 300gb hdd and can take up to 16gb of memory.
    Ah well sod them, I have an android phone for that.

    • ChrisGX

      My Intel based Chromebook 2 (2015) is on the list. Two of the first three devices to get the new OS are Intel based. The CPU instruction set doesn’t appear relevant to which devices made the cut. Google claims there will be binary translation tech to get ARM binaries running on Intel, where there are no practical alternatives. We shall see.

      • fn noobee

        Most apps on Android have been optimized to run on Intel chipsets. While there is some recompiling that has to be done as the app runs (and some processing overhead involved with that) many apps have been fixed to work with Intel chipsets since the release of Asus Zen Fone and Tab series, which all have Intel x64 chipsets inside. Most apps “just work” and the ones that don’t, Intel has worked with many devs to make it so apps originally designed to run on ARM chipsets will run on Intel. When Asus Zenfones first released there were reports of battery drain on some devices and apps crashing. A lot of those issues have been fixed with updates for apps and within OS updates. I imagine the same will happen in this case.

    • person

      No. Chromebooks have an “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” policy for updating the more sensitive parts of ChromeOS. The compatibility list consists of devices that have more recent versions of said sensitive parts.

      They’ll work on making it available on older Chromebooks later but make no promises as to whether they’ll be able to get it running.

      • Waethorn

        It’s the kernel and drivers.

        The same reason why Android stuff doesn’t get updated frequently (especially Android devices that use Chinese chips).

  • Michael Huff

    The original Chromebook Pixel–not included?

    • person

      They’re starting with the latest devices and will evaluate supporting older ones at a later date.

  • Peter Deepinsky

    They’re going to support Toshiba Chromebook 2? Sweet.

  • Corey Kinard

    whoop whoop. Toshiba 2 is the best one I’ve had. i don’t have touchscreen, but the back-lit keyboard, screen, speakers, and price are tops.

  • LeopardSurd

    So Acer Chromebook CB5-311 with Tegra K1 is not included (ARM). Ok, not fair. The ARM-Architecture should be the future for Chromebooks because of low battery usage. But….

    • person

      It’s an Nvidia issue. They’re looking into it.

      • Thanks. Do you think there’s a chance ? I like my CB5 so much !

        • person

          Possible but no guarantees.

        • LeopardSurd

          Well, I don’t think. It’s awful.

        • Georgie Orman

          My CB5 has got a dodgy battery, so we’e looking into replacing it ether the battery or the device depending on whether replacing the battery is easier.

  • John Uskglass

    Google is picking up the Apple way of doing things… I have the i3, 4gb and 32gb ssd C720 and it seems that I won’t get it. If I can’t find a way of doing it, I’ll replace the pretty-much-useless (for me) ChromeOS with Linux.

    • Mark

      That isn’t the final list and seeing as how your processor is much more powerful than most of the celerons used in chromebooks, I really can’t see how you won’t get android support.

  • mommyjai

    playstore on chromeboook is here! weeeeee!

  • ZJiang

    Come on, why the original Chromebook Pixel is not on the list? That’s crazy given it’s Google’s own baby.

    • Because the second-generation Pixel (2015) is on the list. Haswell is the problem in the 2013 Pixel case.

  • Ross McLean

    My Chromebook Flip just arrived today and, though I’m loving it, the Android apps are for the most part, clearly not ready for this. I’m hoping by the time they leave the Dev Channel things will be more usable.

  • vicar8

    I hope I am right and that my HP14chromebook will work. I find working with my photos is tricky and windows should improve that greatly. Would love to Beta test for you.

  • Eric Wagner

    Why isn’t the Acer C720p, with touch screen not on the list, it is more than capable, heck it’s only 2 yrs old. I have invested a lot in the android/google architecture and am quite irritated.

    • MAS Googler

      Google is rolling this out to devices with the newest kernel first. They will try to port it to older kernel versions in the future

      • Eric Wagner

        This is why people don’t buy into new or different technology platforms. You buy a product, like the chrome book, expecting more development and support and you end up with a obsolete item too quickly. I don’t like Apple, but I think I’ll just swap back to Linux based products. Overall I was disappointed with how little you could utilize the chrome book for, heck Amazons kindle fire tablets are often more usable. You might want to look into the approach Google is using. Microsoft used to be the most popular, but they got complacent, fought the wrong fight(think windows phone, lack of support and customer alienation all for $) , and lost their dominance. Google is far from immune.

        • MAS Googler

          Even on Linux, you’ll eventually hit hardware limitations that won’t support newer software implementation.

          That’s how technology is when software and hardware work together to create features

  • JWells

    Unless you’re into Android games big time (I’m not), I don’t see much value add for Android app on Chrome. Skype, meh! I use my ASUS Chromebox 90% of my computing time and am quite happy with MS Office docs, PDFs, audio/video/photo files and sharing across devices using Google Drive.

  • luckyleif

    What about lenovo chromebook 100s? I saw that it would get support on an erlier list… Got mine yesterday :(

  • Waethorn

    I’m surprised that the Lenovo N42 isn’t listed. It’s a 14″ variant of the 11.6″ N22. It has the same specs (Braswell N3060 Celeron), even options for touch.

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