Een aantal belangrijke Android apps werken gewoon niet op Chrome OS, veel apps die wel werken draaien alleen in een klein venster en andere zijn niet betrouwbaar. Als je bedenkt dat je eigenlijk alles al goed kunt doen met een Android-tablet met toetsenbord, blijf je zitten met deze vraag over Android op Chrome OS: "Waarom al die moeite?"
Remember: You're using a cheap Chromebook
First, only a small number of Chromebooks can run Android apps today, though Google announced the capability last spring. Google maintains a list of Android-compatible Chromebooks, from manufacturers ranging from Acer to Viglen.
I tested Android apps on Acer's $249 Chromebook R11 (aka series CB5-312T), a touchscreen convertible laptop (the screen folds over to be used as a tablet). Although the touchscreen is decent, the keyboard's touchpad responds poorly (it's really hard to move the pointer or click, and forget about right-clicking), the keyboard has an uneven feeling, and the device is sluggish both when working with apps and files and when accessing data over Wi-Fi. And the case material feels like the lid of a picnic cooler.
One appeal of Chromebooks is that they are cheaper than both laptops and tablets, but you get what you pay for -- be clear about that because it casts the overall Chrome OS experience in an unlikable light. Still, the focus of this article is not the device, but the merger of Android apps and Chrome OS, an experience that the device quality may affect but not ultimately determine.
Your Chromebook must also run Chrome OS 53 or higher; I used the current stable version, 54. If your Chromebook supports Android apps, you then enable the Google Play Store to get those Android apps.
If you use Microsoft Office, Chrome OS may be a bad move today
When you open the Google Play store app to get your existing Android apps and perhaps download new ones to the Chromebook, you'll notice some of your apps aren't in the list. That's because some Android apps don't work in Chrome OS. Of course, there are Android apps designed for a specific manufacturer's devices that don't work on other Android devices, but that's rarely the case for major third-party apps.
By "major third-party apps," I mean Microsoft's Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote. On the Acer R11 I used for testing, the Google Play Store listed these apps as not compatible. These are the standard business productivity tools, so their omission matters greatly for business Chromebook use. Interestingly, Microsoft's collaboration apps -- Outlook, OneDrive, Skype for Business, Outlook Groups, and Yammer -- were available for use on the same Chromebook.
Some key Android apps -- such as the Office productivity suite -- don't yet run in Chrome OS.
Microsoft has said it plans to make all its Office 365 Android apps run on Android-capable Chromebooks. But because the Play Store app for Chrome OS is still in beta (which you discover only after you install it), Microsoft doesn't currently guarantee compatibility. If your primary Chromebook usage is for work, the current Office omission on at least some devices could delay that plan.
Of course, in the meantime you can use Office Online on the Chromebook; Microsoft's web versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote do work in the Chrome browser, as they do in Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android browsers. But the Office Online apps are less functional than their (paid-subscription) native counterparts, so the current inconsistent availability of native Android Office productivity apps matters. (That's true, though the Android versions of Office are less capable than the iOS, MacOS, and Windows versions.)
You can't run the Microsoft Word Android app in Chrome OS, but you can still use Word Online via the browser.
The current lack of Office 365 productivity apps on at least some Android-capable Chromebooks also affects other Microsoft Office 365 apps, which expect direct access to files and other data stored on your Office 365 and/or Exchange accounts. OneDrive, for example, can show you your Office files and even let you view them in read-only mode, but you can't open them in Office Online from OneDrive. You can only open them in other Android apps, such as Polaris Office and Google's own G-Suite (Docs, Sheets, and Slides).