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Google updates list of Chrome OS devices that have or will receive Android apps

One of the killer features of Chromebooks is the ability to run Android applications from the Play Store. But it has been difficult to tell exactly when each model would get the feature, until now. Google has updated its list of Chrome OS devices to clarify the status of the Play Store for each product.

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Lenovo announces the Flex 11 Chromebook, launching soon for $279

Word has it that Lenovo's new Flex 11, an ARM-powered Chromebook featuring a 360-degree hinge, should be available sometime this month for $279. If the Samsung Chromebook Plus or the upcoming Pro (also expected to land this month) are a bit too rich for your blood, this might be a compelling alternative.

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[Deal Alert] Staples has the Lenovo ThinkPad Chromebook 11e for $140 ($210 off)

While Chromebooks continue to inch more into the mid-range and high-end laptop tiers, there are still entry-level models to help you dip your feet into the world of Chrome OS. If that sounds appealing to you, then you may want to check out the deal we've got today courtesy of Staples. The Lenovo ThinkPad Chromebook 11e is going for $139.99, which is a savings of $210.

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The Yoga Book Chrome OS model may have been cancelled

Lenovo's Yoga Book was one of the more interesting hardware launches of last year. It had the form factor of a 2-in-1 laptop, but the bottom panel could switch between a touch keyboard and a drawing pad. At launch, both Windows and Android models were available.

Back in December, a Lenovo executive stated that a Chrome OS variant would be released in 2017. Unfortunately, a recent Chromium commit discovered by Chrome Unboxed seems to indicate that the model will not see the light of day.

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The CrossOver Preview for Android now supports Office 2013, multi-window, and more

CodeWeavers is well-known for its CrossOver software, which allows some Windows programs to run on Mac and Linux. Back in August of last year, the company released a preview of CrossOver for Android, designed for Chromebooks with the Play Store and x86-based Android devices. Now CodeWeavers has released an update to the Preview, bringing several major improvements.

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[Deal Alert] Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Chromebook is $149.99 ($150 off) on Newegg

Most Chromebooks are sleek ultrabooks, designed to be as light and thin as possible for the price. The ThinkPad 11e, on the other hand, is more rugged and built for endurance. Now you can get it for just $149.99 - far less than the normal price of $299.99.

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Google may still make laptops after all, says Google Hardware SVP

Earlier this week, Google's SVP for hardware Rick Osterloh had a meeting at MWC with journalists. There he said that Google had, "no plans for Google-branded laptops." Now he has said on Twitter that there are just "no plans to share at this time."

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[Update: Not dead] Google has no plans for future laptops, future of Andromeda OS uncertain

The Chromebook Pixel 2013 was the first product to bear the Pixel brand, showcasing the potential of Chrome OS on high-end hardware. Two years later, the Pixel 2 was released as one of the first consumer products with USB Type-C ports. But it looks like there won't be a third Chromebook Pixel, or any future Google laptop for that matter.

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Samsung Chromebook Plus now available on the Google Store for $449, with $20 Google Play credit

Most Chromebooks are inexpensive with lacking hardware, because Chrome OS really doesn't need a lot of power. At the opposite end of that spectrum is the Samsung Chromebook Plus, at a more expensive starting price than most Chromebooks - $449. Now the laptop is available from the Google Store, with a $20 Google Play Store credit included.

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Google says all Chromebooks launched from 2017 and onward will support Android apps

Play Store and Android apps access on Chromebooks were announced in May of 2016 and in the time since, they have rolled as developer then stable builds to the Asus Chromebook Flip and Acer Chromebook R11 as well as the Google Chromebook Pixel 2. We know that the functionality will be coming to more of the existing Chromebooks down the line, but we didn't know how it would translate to future Chromebooks. Now Google has made that clear.

In an update to the corresponding Chrome OS support page, Google states that, "All Chromebooks launching in 2017 and after [...] will work with Android apps in the coming future." I don't think any of us are surprised by that, seeing as how the move makes all kinds of sense for everyone, but it's good to see it in writing.

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