How to get Android apps and games on Chrome OS

At Google’s big developer conference, I/O 2016, the company announced Android apps would be coming to its desktop operating system Chrome OS.

There has been talk of Android/Chrome OS integration for some time and now the first stage in the process has officially started.

Google has added Android apps and games to an early alpha version of the next Chrome OS update for the Asus Chromebook Flip.

More devices will be receiving the update soon, according to the company, but for now, here’s how Chromebook Flip users can get the new version of the Play Store on their desktop.

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Chromebook Flip

1. Backup

The version of Chrome OS that contains the Play Store is an early alpha version, and as with all these pre-release builds, it’s worth mentioning that you’re stepping somewhat into the unknown.

Even though Chrome OS is designed to utilise cloud storage, the Chromebook Flip does come with a small amount of internal storage. So, before trying the next steps it’s worth backing up any files you don’t want to lose in the process, either by ensuring you’ve synced everything to Google Drive or transferring them to an external hard drive.

2. Sign in with the owner account

Make sure you sign into your device with the owner account. In most cases, the first Google Account used on the Chromebook is designated as the owner, so it’s likely you’ll be using the right one anyway.

3. Change the channel

Next, you have to change the ‘channel’ for your particular version of Chrome OS. It’s very simple. Just go to the status area in the bottom right of the screen, where your account picture appears and click. Then, click Settings>About Chrome OS>More info. Now, you can click Change channel and select the Dev channel. This channel will give you the update that brings the new Play Store functionality to the desktop.

Google says the Acer Chromebook R11 and C738T, and the Google Chromebook Pixel will also be getting the update this month.

Check out a list of other devices that will get the update this year here.

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