Best Android apps for Chrome­book

Android apps are of­ten bet­ter than the web-based ver­sions you would find via Chrome OS. DEREK WAL­TER re­veals our favourites

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Run­ning Android apps on Chrome­books is still a dream – a dream in ex­tended beta, that is. Af­ter promis­ing the fea­ture ear­lier this year, Google has pushed out the re­lease date.

While a se­lect num­ber of Chrome­books can ac­cess Google Play right out of the box, more ad­ven­tur­ous Chrome­book users will need to run the de­vel­oper beta of Chrome OS to ex­pe­ri­ence Android apps. Af­ter

spend­ing time with a num­ber of Android apps that have be­come Chrome-friendly, I ac­tu­ally pre­fer some Android ver­sions on Chrome over the web-based ver­sions, as mo­bile apps can be re­fresh­ingly sim­ple and un­clut­tered.

To get into the beta chan­nel, go to your Chrome­book’s Set­tings page and click About Chrome OS. Next, click De­tailed build in­for­ma­tion, then click Change Chan­nel. There, you can switch from the sta­ble chan­nel to the beta chan­nel. You should steer clear of the de­vel­oper chan­nel, how­ever, as that will def­i­nitely be un­sta­ble.

The 10 Android apps be­low rep­re­sent how good it could be on Chrome once ev­ery­thing be­comes of­fi­cial. Just re­mem­ber, this is beta soft­ware, so tread care­fully. If things go awry, you can al­ways go back to sta­ble chan­nel or Pow­er­wash your Chrome­book and start over.

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