After a slow start, Google’s rollout for Android apps on Chrome OS is gearing up for a big expansion over the coming weeks. In the latest developer channel update, we’ve seen several Chromebooks pick up Android apps, and now three more are joining that list.

In their continued tests on various Chromebooks, ChromeUnboxed has found that the Acer Chromebook 14, Acer Chromebook 15, and ASUS C300 Chromebook all now have access to the Play Store via the Chrome OS developer channel, although Acer’s options require just a bit more work to access it.

For the ASUS C300, simply move over to the developer channel for access to Android apps. To do that, open the settings menu, then click About Chrome OS, More info, Change channel, then select the developer channel. The Chromebook will automatically download the update and prompt you to reboot to finish the installation.

Update: It seems only the ASUS C300SA is getting Android apps right now. Other models may be affected, but this is the only confirmed so far.

As for the Acer Chromebook 14 and Acer Chromebook 15, things are a bit more complicated. It’s not difficult, but it will take just a bit longer. Essentially, you’ll need to use the same process we detailed about two months ago which enables Android apps on just about any Chromebook. The fact that these Chromebooks now have access through this method, in a more reliable form, is a good sign that they are on the way to getting easier access soon.

With more Chromebooks getting access to Android apps in the developer channel, we can only assume that Google is preparing to push the Play Store in the stable channel over the coming weeks, possibly as soon as early next month, to many more models. So far we’ve seen the Acer R13 Chromebook, the Dell Chromebook 13, HP Chromebook 13, Samsung Chromebook 3, and ASUS C301SA get access to the Play Store in the beta and developer channels. Hopefully, these Chromebooks and more will get access in this new push.

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