Last week, Android apps finally arrived on the Stable Channel of Chrome OS for the ASUS Flip and Acer R11. Now, after months of testing, Google’s flagship Chromebook Pixel (2015) also has access to the Play Store on the channel intended for regular customers.
Chrome OS 53 rolled out to Chromebooks at the beginning of the month with a new Material Overview mode and a new storage manager. However, the three initial Chromebooks testing the Play Store were left out of that update until just last week. Today’s update (53.0.2785.129) for the second generation Pixel brings Android apps to the most powerful device out of the three.
The Play Store is still listed in beta and users might encounter the occasional bug when using Android apps. However, unlike during the dev and beta channels, the rest of the operating system should be less prone to crashing. After updating to the latest version of Chrome OS, the Play Store will automatically launch and walk users through the sign-in process.
With Android apps now available on the three initial test Chromebooks, Google will likely begin targeting other devices to meet their end of the year deadline. To see if your recent Chromebook will be getting the Play Store, check this list.