9app want older Chromebooks to own the Play Store, though the limitations don’t appear being technical.
Chromebooks recently outperform Macs when it comes to shipments, in line with one analyst firm. Now seems like Google features a plan to turn that feat into a continuous sales streak: Android apps. Lots and lots of Android apps.
As the corporation announced during Google I/O 2016, Google intends to bring the complete Play Store—Google’s repository for Android apps—to Chrome OS. Not every 9app is fine flawlessly, obviously, since the Chromebook must have any hardware the app requires to operate. But for the most part popular Android apps should run okay.
But here’s the issue: The upcoming Android apps functionality will undoubtedly work with future Chromebooks and select existing Chromebooks that rolled out over the last two years, as Ars Technica first noticed. Google recently posted a compatibility list for Chromebooks that could run Android apps, as well as the roster will certainly frustrate folks that jumped about the Chromebook bandwagon early.
Got a 2013 Chromebook Pixel having an Intel Core processor and 8GB of RAM? No Android apps to suit your needs. How about a 2015 Dell Chromebook 11 3120 through an Intel Celeron processor and 2GB of RAM? Use all the Android apps you would like.
That suggests there won’t be any technical limitations preventing at the very least some older Chromebooks from running Android apps. Google told Ars current debts cut out devices older than couple of years was intentional. In other words, don’t expect you’ll see a a lot of open other devices put into the list after a while. If that’s true, next the limitation can be a ploy by Google and its particular partners to sell more Chromebooks.
Now to become fair, Google only intentions to support Chromebooks for 5yrs from their release date. Early Chromebooks from 2010 and 2011, therefore, could simply be unsupported caused by Google’s end-of-life policy. But that doesn’t explain the seemingly arbitrary decision to remove Chromebooks from 2013 and early 2014.
Chrome OS + Android = consumer interest?
As for users who haven’t yet touched a Chromebook, if something will help Chrome OS become fasionable in the consumer market it’s Android apps. Everyday customers who’re reluctant to try Chrome OS might think twice if your same apps they’re informed about on their phone are also available for their PC—especially on the subject of Chromebooks rocking touchscreens such as the convertible Asus Chromebook Flip.