As promised, Google has begun rolling out Android app support to a growing number of Chromebooks. After making the Google Play Store available for the Acer Chromebook R11, Asus Chromebook Flip, and Google Chromebook Pixel (2015) this summer, the company added support for several more models in October.
Now you can add one more to the list: The Acer Chromebook R13.
This is a convertible model with a 13.3 inch touchscreen display, 4GB of RAM, and support for up to 64GB of storage.
Note that in order to use Android apps on this Chromebook, you’ll need to be running the Chrome OS beta channel for now. Early reports suggest that apps run well, but there are still a few kinks to work out.
The Acer Chromebook R13 features a MediaTek MT8173C quad-core processor with PowerVR GX6250 graphics, making it the first Chrome OS laptop to feature an ARM-based chip from MediaTek.
Other features include a 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS display, 802.11ac WiFI, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0 and HDMI ports, a USB Type-C port, and a 4,670 mAh battery.
The laptop measures about 0.6 inches thick and weighs about 3.3 pounds, which makes it a bit big and heavy for a tablet, but relatively compact by 13 inch laptop standards.
Android apps aren’t only coming to Chromebooks with touchscreen displays, but a lot of apps that were designed for phones and tablets will be easier to use on convertible models like the Acer Chromebook R13.