Having the ability to install apps from the Play Store has been something akin to finding the holy grail for many Chromebook owners. The feature was announced back at Google I/O in May and first appeared on the Chrome OS Developer channel back in June. On August 1st, Google flipped the switch to bring to the Chrome OS beta channel, and today the Play Store is finally available to selected devices running on the stable Chrome OS channel.
For the moment, it’s a gradual rollout, with the Acer R11 (reviewed here) and the Asus Flip (reviewed here) being the first Chrome OS devices to benefit from the feature on version 53.0.2785.129. You’ll need to be running on the stable channel of Chrome OS before navigating to Settings to enable the Play Store option manually. The feature still retains its beta tag for the moment. This latest build also includes bug fixes, security updates, an update for the kernel in the TPM, as well as other bits and bobs.
Has the eventual arrival of the Play Store on the Chrome OS been something that you’ve looked forward to seeing? If you are using the Asus Flip or the Acer R11 on the stable channel of Chrome OS, let us know how you get on with this new feature.