Google announced that Chromebooks would finally be getting full-fledged Android app support, but not all Chromebooks are making the cut. Fortunately, Google has released a list of Chromebooks that should be able to take advantage of the new feature, but unfortunately, they’ve left many older Chromebooks off the list.
In June of this year, only the Acer Chromebook R11 / C738T, Acer Chromebook Flip, and the Chromebook Pixel from 2015 will be running Android apps. Later in the year, though, there’s quite a few that should be getting updated.
Popular models from Acer, Asus, Dell, Lenovo, Samsung, and Toshiba are here, plus a ton of other lesser known Chromebooks. You can find the full list on Google’s website.
There’s bad news, however. Tons of Chromebooks that you’d think would have been on the list aren’t here, including the Chromebook Pixel from 2013 and some of Samsung’s first Chromebook offerings. Samsung’s early models were pretty weak, so it makes sense that they wouldn’t support those, but the original Chromebook Pixel sports a very capable Intel Core i5 CPU, which I’d think could easily run Android apps on top of the already lightweight Chrome OS. Go figure.
Apps on a Chromebook are extremely exciting, and hopefully they’ll become a selling point for the platform moving forward. And at least if you happen to own a Chromebook that’s missed the cutoff, it’ll be pretty cheap to upgrade whenever you’re ready.