Printer & Android Updates to Chromebooks This Week

Printing via the network and 16 additional Chromebooks that can now run Android Apps were changes to the Chrome OS & Chromebooks this week.

Brother Printer MFC-J870DWThere was an update to the Chrome OS on my Chromebook this week. The OS updated from version 58 to 59. One of the advantages of the new version was to enable printing via the network instead of using Google Cloud Print. However, my printer is not recognized through the network and when I went to set it up manually, my model was missing from the long list of printers & models. My printer does support Google Cloud Print, so I can print. To try yours, take a look at How to print to a local network printer from a Chromebook for instructions to set up your printer through your network. If that does not work, let’s hope that your printer supports Google Cloud Print.

I also saw that effective today, that Google added 16 Chromebooks to the list of those that can run Android Apps. Those are

  • Acer Chromebook 11 N7 (C731, C731T)
  • Acer Chromebook 15 (CB3-532)
  • Asus Chromebook C202SA
  • ASUS Chromebook C300SA/C301SAAndroid
  • CTL NL61 Chromebook
  • Dell Chromebook 11 (3180)
  • Dell Chromebook 11 Convertible (3189)
  • Dell Chromebook 13 (3380)
  • HP Chromebook 11 G5 EE
  • HP Chromebook 13 G1
  • Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook
  • Lenovo N23 Yoga Chromebook
  • Lenovo N22 Chromebook
  • Lenovo N23 Chromebook
  • Samsung Chromebook 3
  • Mercer Chromebook NL6D

Those devices join the Acer Chromebook R11 (the one that I have), Asus Chromebook Flip, and Google’s own Chromebook Pixel. Many more devices are planned for the future, and hopefully we’ll get those sooner rather than later. For a complete and up-to-date list of Chrome OS Systems Supporting Android Apps see https://sites.google.com/a/chromium.org/dev/chromium-os/chrome-os-systems-supporting-android-apps