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As promised, Google has begun rolling out support for Android apps to Chrome OS devices, starting with the Asus Chromebook Flip.

Chromebook Flip users on Reddit report receiving the ability to install Android apps as part of the update to developer channel Chrome OS 53.

According to this Reddit thread, the two other Chromebooks that were supposed to get Android apps around mid-June (Acer Chromebook R11 and the Google Pixel 2015) have not received the functionality yet, even with the latest update installed.

It’s not clear whether the Flip is getting preferential treatment or the Acer Chromebook 11 and Pixel 2015 are simply a little behind.

If you have a Chromebook Flip, you can test out Android apps by switching to the developer channel of Chrome OS, not to be confused with the beta channel.

Many apps – games included – work perfectly, but users who got the update reported that others are glitchy or don’t work at all. That’s to be expected, as it may take months before developers get around fixing issues with Chrome OS compatibility. Also, Chromebooks seem to be assimilated with tablets, which could rule out many apps designed to work exclusively on smartphones.

Many other Chrome devices are slated to get Android apps later in 2016. You can consult the list of compatible Chromebooks right here.

We’ll keep our eyes out for an official announcement, so stay tuned.

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