Slowly but surely, Google is making good on their promise to bring the Play Store and Android Apps to a large number of Chrome devices. While the wait has been agonizing for many, it does appear that a snowball effect is happening as more and more devices are becoming Android ready.
A recent, minor update to the Stable channel of Chrome OS brought with it the Play Store to the ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 and the Dell Chromebook 3189. In the name of thorough reporting, we asked for you to share if your device also received Android Apps with this update as the Chromium Project page has yet to be refreshed.
You answered and we thank you.
Two of our readers have confirmed that the Lenovo Chromebook N22 and the Lenovo IdeaPad N42 Chromebook have both received the update and now have access to the Play Store in the Stable channel.
Both of these devices are Intel Braswell-based Chromebooks that target the educational segment with rugged specs like spill-resistant keyboards, reinforced ports, and a sealed touchpad.
These devices are great for people on the go who want something that is capable of moderate tasks but can hold up to the rigors of being banged around a bit.
The Lenovo N22 is an 11.6″ device that comes with a touch or non-touch design and offers a 180° fold-flat hinge. The N42 model is a full 14″ and also comes with touch or non-touch variations.
These Chromebooks are inexpensive, tough and quite capable for their price. You can grab either one for as little as $200 or less from Amazon and other retailers.
Not sure if your device has access to the Play Store? Check out our updated list here and let us know if you too have Android Apps and don’t see your Chromebook on the list.
Special thanks to Paul and Ron for the info.