After a long, somewhat impatient wait, the Google Play Store and Android Apps have finally begun to arrive on select Chromebooks in the Stable Channel.
The update, posted just moments ago, confirms that the stable channel for Chrome OS has been updated for the Acer Chromebook R11 and the ASUS Flip. The Google Pixel LS, however, is not included in the update.
From the Chrome Release Blog,
The Stable channel 53.0.2785.129 (Platform version: 8530.90.0) has been released for Acer Chromebook R11 and Asus Chromebook Flip. This build contains a number of bug fixes, security updates and feature enhancements. Systems will be receiving updates over the next several days.
Some highlights of these changes are:
- This build includes the Google Play Store (beta)
- Kernel version update in the TPM
There has been no indication from Google as to how soon the Play Store will arrive for other devices on the list. But, with the upcoming October 4th event and possibility of new devices being announced soon, chances are good the next update won’t be far behind.
If you’re one of the lucky few with one of these two devices, you can check for the update by heading to settings > about Chrome OS > check for and apply updates.
Once you’ve updated your device and rebooted you should be met by a large Play Store login screen. If not, you can return to your settings where you will find the “enable Google Play Store” Option. Once enabled you will be able to access the Play Store. You will be asked to login and accept TOS, just like on mobile device.
The Play Store will be labeled as Beta. No reason to be alarmed. I would presume it will remain as such until the full roll-out takes place.
Keep in mind, as the release blog stated, the roll out will happen over the next few days. So, be patient and you will be rewarded.
Stay tuned as we report on this update.