Chromebook shipments surge by 38 percent, cutting into Windows 10 PCs

In a slowing PC market, Chromebooks siphoned market share away from Windows PCs in 2016 as their popularity grew outside the education market.

Chromebook shipments grew by a stunning 38 percent in 2016 compared to 2015. Gartner estimated 9.4 million Chromebooks shipped, compared to 6.8 million units in 2015.


Original Article Appeared 5/5/2017

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The List Grows

Updated November 18, 2017

Google continues to add Chromebook models that have access to the Google Play Store. Some are considered Stable and some are still in Beta, but these can now access Play Store, install & use Android Apps. The list is updated as additional models are added. You can always check it here.

The models currently able to utilize Android Apps (as of November 18, 2017) are:

  • Acer Chromebook R11 (CB5-132T, C738T)
  • Acer Chromebook Spin 11 (R751T)
  • Acer Chromebook R13 (CB5-312T)
  • Acer Chromebook 11 N7 (C731, C731T)
  • Acer Chromebook 11 (C771, C771T)
  • Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431)
  • Acer Chromebook 14 for Work (CP5-471)
  • Acer Chromebook 15 (CB3-532)
  • Acer Chromebook 15 (CB515-1HT/1H)
  • AOpen Chromebox Mini
  • AOpen Chromebase Mini
  • Asus Chromebook Flip C100PA
  • Asus Chromebook Flip C101PA
  • Asus Chromebook Flip C213
  • Asus Chromebook C202SA
  • Asus Chromebook C300SA / C301SA
  • Asus Chromebook Flip C302
  • CTL NL61 Chromebook
  • CTL J2 / J4 Chromebook
  • Dell Chromebook 11 (3180)
  • Dell Chromebook 11 Convertible (3189)
  • Dell Chromebook 13 (3380)
  • eduGear Chromebook K Series
  • eduGear Chromebook M Series
  • Edxis Education Chromebook
  • Google Chromebook Pixel (2015)
  • Google Pixelbook
  • Haier Chromebook 11e
  • HiSense Chromebook 11
  • HP Chromebook x360 11 G1 EE
  • HP Chromebook 11 G5 EE
  • HP Chromebook 11 G5
  • HP Chromebook 13 G1
  • Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Chromebook (Gen 4)
  • Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Yoga Chromebook (Gen 4)
  • Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Chromebook (Gen 3)
  • Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Yoga Chromebook (Gen 3)
  • Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook
  • Lenovo N23 Yoga Chromebook
  • Lenovo N22 Chromebook
  • Lenovo N23 Chromebook
  • Lenovo N42 Chromebook
  • Lenovo Thinkpad 13 Chromebook
  • Medion Chromebook S2015
  • Mercer Chromebook NL6D
  • NComputing Chromebook CX100
  • Nexian Chromebook 11.6″
  • PCMerge Chromebook PCM-116E
  • Prowise Chromebook Entryline
  • Poin2 Chromebook 11
  • Poin3 Chromebook 14
  • Positivo Chromebook CH1190
  • Samsung Chromebook Plus
  • Samsung Chromebook Pro
  • Samsung Chromebook 3
  • Sector 5 E1 Rugged Chromebook
  • Viglen Chromebook 11

If you have one of these devices and want to try out Android Apps, simply navigate to Settings and click the hamburger menu (three horizontal bars) at the top left and select About Chrome OS. From there select “detailed build information” and “change channel.” Click Beta and change the channel.

The update will take only a few minutes to download depending on your network speed. Once complete, you will be prompted to restart. After your Chromebook reboots, you should be greeted with a notification that you have a “critical update” waiting for your device. This is the Play Store update.

Click update and continue logging in.

After the update is complete you should see Google Play in your settings menu. You can enable Android Apps and start installing. Start with just one.  As always, make sure you backup any data you do not want to lose. Moving back to the Stable channel will require a “Powerwash” of your Chromebook.