Chrome OS was initially developed for pure use with the Chrome browser as a system permanently connected to the Internet.
The operating system and Chrome were and are optimized by Google down to the last detail for exactly this purpose. This duo runs stable, fast, easy, and secure!
Whenever there is a web version of your app, I recommend you prefer it over the other versions.
However, this is not a must! Do you prefer to use the Play Store and Android apps, like on your smartphone? No problem! The apps can be installed on Chromebooks just as easily as there.
However, not all apps are optimized for display on a large screen or operation with a keyboard, touchpad, or mouse. That can lead to problems!
Notes for beginners: My posts usually contain some basics that you can understand how to proceed. I partly repeat the basics in other posts, so you don’t have to jump back and forth all the time.
Here is the meaning of the abbreviations after the headings: [E] Everyone [A] Advanced [B] Beginner [P] Professional
If you still miss something, feel free to comment. The community will try to help you! 🙂
Notes for professionals: My posts usually have the form of a knowledge base entry and should be equally suitable for beginners, advanced users, and professionals. Just pick out what you need immediately. You can also find content specifically targeted to professionals. These are marked accordingly with [P] and other finger points.
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Disclaimer of liability: As always on this blog, I warn you that all changes to your system mentioned in this post are at your own risk! It is theoretically possible that there are system or application errors that could lead to data loss and further problems!
Which device to buy?
You could say, “yes, buy a cheap Chromebook and go for it! The app runs on my smartphone too, so I don’t need a fast machine!”
However, it’s not that simple. Some Android Apps require a certain amount of performance from your system to run functions. In some cases, specific genera of processors or graphics cards from Intel, AMD, ARM, Nvidia are required for operation. The Play Store shows whether the app is supported on your system. If you want to check this before you buy, I recommend searching for your device’s name and your Android apps.
From my experience, most Android-Apps tend to run better and more stable on Chromebooks or Chromebook tablets with ARM processors. The same processors, or variants, are also used in Android smartphones and tablets, making it a bit easier for manufacturers to deploy apps on Chrome OS.
For things like Kinemaster or PowerDirector, both video editing apps, or games, you should spend a bit more money. From $500 – 600, and some of these are also optimized for Intel processors.
If you only use regular apps, then maybe the Lenovo Chromebook Duet Tablet 10 (very cheap with keyboard and cover, pen available) or the bigger, newer version with a five at the end of the name is enough.
Android apps on the blog
Here I’ve made a list of apps you might know from Windows or macOS: Link.
I have shown in this list if there is a web, Android, or Linux version of these apps. It may contain your programs and apps already.
If not, you can use the search function at the top right to search for your app on the blog. I may have already written an article about it.
Against all odds, if you don’t find anything, leave a comment. 🙂
As time goes on, I’ll be featuring more and more apps.
03/01/2022: Added screenshots. Grammar and text slightly optimized.
Words in italics may be registered trademarks or companies! Examples: Google, YouTube, and Android. Or they are technical terms from the IT world, which are described in various locations in the blog.