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Android Apps arrive on ThinkPad Chromebook 13



After about a year of waiting for Android Apps on my ThinkPad Chromebook 13 they finally arrived in last night’s update. I was overly excited because just earlier that day I had been on the ‘chat’ with Lenovo asking when this would happen. The answer that I had been given at noon was that the sales team did not know when they would be enabling the feature, but then that evening poof Android apps.

For those on a random search here’s the software setup that I currently have on the ThinkPad Chromebook 13:

  • It is in developer mode
  • It is on the latest stable build (62.X)
  • I have not done any funky changes to manually enable the Playstore
  • I do have Chromebrew installed
  • I do not have Crouton installed

The ThinkPad Chromebook 13 is my daily driver for web coding and general computer needs, so I tend to take a more conserative approach to modifying the underlying OS, etc. Honestly, if I had Android apps before I probably would have not even put the machine into devloper mode as the main use of this was for git. After checking out the Android Apps on Chrome for half a day, my initial impression is that ‘most’ work and only a few are flaky.

I’ll post a full review of my impressions over the past year of the ThinkPad Chromebook 13 here in the comming weeks, but for now I am just excited to have Android Apps accessible on the machine.

Links to the other posts in the Chromebook series

  1. Android Apps arrive on ThinkPad Chromebook 13
  2. Running Hugo on Chromebook
  3. Thinkpad Chromebook a year later
  4. Resetting My Chromebook Back to Stock
  5. Hugo + gulp = Chromebook awesomeness
  6. Running Tmux for Termux on a Chromebook
  7. Hugo + SHH - gulp = a new workflow
  8. Hugo and droppy, Chromebook friends
  9. 3D Printing from a Chromebook
  10. Monoprice Mini Delta
  11. 3D Printing with Astroprint
  12. Scaling woes with 3D Printing
  13. Maxing out the Mini Delta 3D printer