New Chromebooks will now ship with the Android marketplace app
(Play Store) installed. This unlocks a treasure trove of over 1,000,000 apps to these devices right from day one, which is a dramatic change of fortunes for users of this Computer. Even some older models are getting Android apps via Play Store, and more are set to have them. It’s a slow but sure process that will no doubt make Chromebooks more convenient, and more versatile.
This move will certainly boost sales for the Chromebook. Previously, most users found it reasonable to keep away from these devices because they just couldn’t figure out enough of what to do with them. But now the void has been filled, and this is an opportunity for people to rub shoulders with Chrome OS while still bringing along your favorite Android apps. Here’s a list of some cool Android apps that can make your Chromebook much more useful.
Slack is just about the best cross-platform communication service there is. You can easily chat with friends, communicate with co-workers, engage in private chats, and even get on voice/video calls with an individual or team. You can even configure bots! The Slack Android app is pretty cool, so you’ll get to make your Chromebook a vibrant communication tool.
Pocketcasts is a superior way to manage podcast feeds either through Chrome or via the web. You can easily download or listen to the latest episodes all through this fantastic Android app. There’s no shortage of features and flexibility!
Chrome is a good browser. But it is not the only good browser. You can install Firefox for Android browser to make your Chromebook even more versatile. You can sync your Firefox with your other devices, and have the exact same privacy settings and extensions without even making an effort. The real advantage is that you can leverage full-screen mode on Firefox and configure it to show the desktop page rather than mobile.
This cool Android app makes things easy when you’re looking to access your cloud-hosted stuff. Chromebooks work particularly well with Google Drive. But the majority of use a variety of cloud services including the likes of OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box or even Mega. Unclouded will make it super-easy to access all these platforms without even sweating it.
There’s no question that Microsoft is struggling to make ends meet in the mobile market, but it has always been an authority with its office suit. Most Android users find Google Docs to be just fine, but the Office app for Android is quite something. You can install the likes of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint on your Chromebook and make your file processing bliss. The extra space on the Chromebook makes things a hell lot easier compared to working with a limited-screen-size Android smartphone.
These apps are just to give you an idea of what’s possible now that Chromebooks will have the Google Play Store. Make sure that you bring all your favorite Android apps along and make the best out of your Chromebook!