Many Chromebook owners have been enjoying their Android Apps via Google Play even though there are so many that have not. So many not receiving them that many Chromebook owners were continuing to believe or follow the information. I myself included.
The initial Chromebook slotted to have access to the apps were the Chromebook Pixel 2 (2015), Acer Chromebook R11, and Asus Chromebook Flip. I myself am the owner of the Acer Chromebook R11.
In June it was announced that they were being offered with the Chrome OS beta 53.0.2785.36 update. With the exception of the Asus Chromebook Flip that offer was for the use to occur on a developer channel rather than the stable portion of the operating system.
Finally, in August, Chrome OS beta 53.0.2785.36 came through. The Chromebooks not on the app listing received this download first, by as long as two to three weeks. My household has multiple Chromebooks that are different makes and models.
“Happily, I can report that the apps have been on my Acer Chromebook R11 and working, in most cases, for a short while. There are days in which those apps downloaded may open and then close just as quickly, not open at all, or in some cases even give corrupt messages upon download. This was in the realm of what we had expected, however.”
Any time a program, game, device, or other electronic component is in a Beta Mode one should not expect perfection, ie the reasoning Beta Mode exists.
I myself might be slightly more aware of this as I am a frequent Beta Tester for various apps and programs. As a Beta Tester you are “playing the game or app” knowing there are issues or updates that need to be verified. Sometimes you are told in advance areas in which to look for issues but most often you are reporting the issues as they are initially found.
“It is highly enjoyable to be on the ground floor working on apps and games before they are released to the public for the first time. From Beta Testing to Beta Testing, I would often wonder if there was any chance the next one would be one of the huge cutting edge apps that would go down in history.”
The cutting edge apps that had been being thought of as in the past were those such as FaceBook, Google Chrome, and Twitter, who were both Beta at one time.
More often than not, however, when those that Beta Test or other aspects of work on apps, programs, games, and the like, that have yet to drop are not allowed to discuss the job. With almost all of the larger companies those that work before a drop must sign a NDA (Non Disclosure Affidavit) before they are allowed access of any kind. Thus the reason, so much new information is not leaked.
Google continues to “do their thing” behind the scenes in hopes of getting the Google Play Store to even more of the Chromebook line as those that own the following can attest.
- Acer Chromebook 14
- Acer Chromebook 15
- Samsung Chromebook 3
- Toshiba Chromebook 2
Google promises there are more to come and unlike other companies making headlines these days, Google is coming through for their users just as they promise. So all you Chromebook owners out there, hang tight because I can tell you it is worth the wait!