Soon after yesterday’s new Chrome OS 60 version roll-out that came with brand new features for most Chromebooks, we found out that the HP Chromebook x360 11 also got an update that will please its current owners: the machine now supports Android Apps on the stable OS version directly from the Android Play Store.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the model, the HP Chromebook x360 11 is the manufacturer’s last addition to the educational oriented Chromebooks lineup. While it is designed from scratch to serve educational purposes, the model exhibits features many of us would be delighted to see in a consumer oriented machine. It complies with the MIL-STD-810G standard with its fairly rugged design as its whole body is dipped in durable rubber that can handle even a 2.5 foot high fall. The screen resilience is powered by Gorilla Glass 4 that we found more than able to take “a punch” or even two, as stated in different unbiased reviews around the web. When it comes to the keyboard it is picking as well as water proof. The heart of the HP Chromebook x360 11 is a 1.1GHz Celeron N3350 processor coupled by Intel HD 500 graphics, 8 Gigs of RAM, 64GB eMMC making it also more than capable of running Windows 10 Pro on 64 bits .
Without going into greater detail with the specs, we can say that we are more than happy that Google is working towards bringing Play Store Support to more and more Chromebooks. As we speak, on the official Support Page there are 32 Chromebook models (both in the stable and beta channels) that are currently able to support Android apps. In case you are one of the lucky ones that own a listed model, the new Chrome OS 60 version will prompt you with an option to install Android apps.
Back in January, the search engine giant has promised that all Chromebook models that will be released in 2017 will have access to Android Apps. The claim has gained a lot of credibility especially at CES 2017 when all models launched at the event – the Samsung Chromebook Plus, Samsung Chromebook Pro and the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA were advertised as Play Store ready. If we take a look at the current lineup of Chromebooks launched in 2017 we can clearly see that some did not make it to the “blessed list”. For some reason or another it seems that it takes a little longer than expected for Google to deliver on the promise . On the other hand we really understand that this is no easy task, and we are more than happy to see new models like the HP Chromebook x360 11 joining the privileged group with each update.