Back at Google I/O earlier the year, the company confirmed that Android apps would be heading to Chrome OS devices in the near future. Now the first such apps are showing up on Chromebooks, but you’ll need to be running alpha software to try them out.
The first devices to be able to run Android apps on Chrome OS are the ASUS Chromebook Flip, the 2015 Chromebook Pixel and the Acer Chromebook R11, all of them running the alpha version of Chrome OS 53.
If you’re willing to endure the countless bugs and stability issues that come with such an early build, and you have access to one of these devices, you can try out Android apps right now, with the Google Play store icon showing up on the desktop.
Currently, users are reporting that there are a number of bugs to deal with, and the latter two devices mentioned above don’t seem to be running Google Play well at the moment. Meanwhile, the numbers of apps available is limited, as the platform only supports tablet applications right now.
Still, all of these are normal growing pains for the Google Play store, as its being brought over to Chrome OS. Google announced a whole slew of Chrome-based devices will be getting Android apps later this year and you can check the entire list of supported devices here.