Last week at Google’s annual conference for developers, Google I/O, it announced that Android applications and Google Play (the most popular app store in the world) to will be coming to Chromebooks.
The adoption of Chromebooks in classrooms across the world continues to increase, with K-12 schools in the US purchasing more Chromebooks than all other devices combined in 2015. This move will add further flexibility to these fast, secure and easy-to-manage devices, and while it will only be available on select Chromebooks to begin with, Google Play will be rolled out to the majority later in 2016.
Chromebooks have always been about making computing more accessible for everyone, and by bringing together the best of Android and Chrome OS, Google are taking a big leap forward. Not only are they addressing many of the existing needs and use cases that people have for their Chromebooks, they are also betting on the millions of developers who are innovating every day to build the next great experience that wasn’t even possible on PC platforms before.
School IT administrators will have full control over selecting and managing the Android apps made available to their managed users on Chromebooks. They’ll manage Android apps using the same cloud-based Chromebook content controls they have through Google’s Admin Console.
Source: Google for Education Blog