Now that Chromebooks can (finally!) install and use Android Apps from Google Play Store, it’s time we looked at the best Android apps you should be installing right away on your Chrome OS device.
Right now, not all apps are compatible with Chromebook, speaking of which, right now, only one Chromebook can access the Play Store and run Android apps, the Asus Chromebook Flip.
But support for two additional Chromebooks — Acer R11 and Google Pixel 2015 — is coming soon, perhaps this month only. Many more Chromebooks are to be given Play Store blessing this year and later.
Anyway, it’s good to start off with some of the best Chromebooks Android apps, as given below, but you can use the Play Store app to find the best apps of your taste and need too.
Best Chromebook Android Apps[appbox googleplay com.splendapps.splendo]
To Do List is amazing to-do app that looks beautiful, works beautiful and is pretty beautifully feature-rich too. All types of lists are supported, while sync support with Google Tasks means your lists are available on web and PC too. Batch addition of tasks, integration with Android’s share feature and availability of bulk actions mode make it pretty indispensable app. This should grace your Chromebook pretty well.
Need to quickly access apps and settings on your giant Chromebook, especially when in the middle of something? Well, let Omni Swipe help you. You can quickly open your favorite apps, contacts and settings toggles — set those yourself and replace those by default there. Swipe from the bottom edge of your Chromebook — you can use mouse too — to bring up Omni Swipe, and guess what, it’s customizable as you can choose themes too.
→ BTW, do check into Omni Swipe’s settings and disable extra features it comes with (because they stink), like that pesky memory cleaner like thing, that stays in the middle of right edge and is not always visible.[appbox googleplay com.activision.callofduty.heroes]
It’s terribly larger fun to play a shooter game meant for touch screen, armed with mouse and keyboard. So Call Of Duty should give you plenty of fun on a Chromebook. Give them Juggernauts, Dragonfires, and CLAWs a taste of solid punch in the face, now![appbox googleplay com.nuance.swype.dtc]
If you got a touchscreen Chromebook, easily usable in two hands, then Swype will make chats and blog-writing a lot easy by parting your touchscreen keyboard into two parts left and right for easier typing.
If you ever need an Antivirus program for your Chromebook, then look no further than Avast’s Mobile Security and Antivirus. The app is totally free, and secures your device like a good Antivirus program should. Also, plenty of features available.[appbox googleplay com.espn.score_center]
Keep track of your favorite sports, teams and players on the go with ESPN app. With live video, you can even catch your team in action when on work. News, notifications and live action make the app a necessary companion for sports lovers.[appbox googleplay com.pushbullet.android]
One of the best apps to install on Android OS. Must have for any Android device, including Chromebook. Right? Allows you to send links and text to your other device with Pushbullet installed. Once again, must-have on every Android device you own.[appbox googleplay com.devhd.feedly]
If you are using your Chromebook for work, then you are most probably using an RSS service too. Feedly is one of the best RSS reader available, and its app is a must have if you deal in RSS. UI is super-cool, while it’s speedy and has its own unique feature — the service presents most popular items separately so that you know trending on web at first glance on your feed, or feed folder.
Manage your finances in full details right on your Chromebook with the My Budget Book app. It’s extensive, and got nearly everything to help you even manage your business’ finance, let alone your home finance.[appbox googleplay com.netflix.mediaclient]
Netflix tops the list of best TV shows subscription service, and if you have paid for it, it only makes sense to install it right on your Chromebook too. Even when on trip abroad with your Chromebook, launch the Netflix app to watch TV shows back home without a fuss.[appbox googleplay com.jnj.sevenminuteworkout]
The list will be incomplete without a fitness app given a run-in the top Chromebook Android app roster. The 7 minute exercise is a proven one — I can personally vouch for robust workout you can achieve with this — and the Johnson & Johnson 7 Minute app helps you do the workout like it should be done.[appbox googleplay com.ustwo.monumentvalley]
One of the best games to grace Android Play Store, install the Monument Valley game to lighten up from long work hours should you need be. It’s not COD-like intensive, but solving some puzzles in the morning may give you a bright start for the day.
Got a movie or video to watch, or even stream, the VLC media player will come as handy as a media player can come. Downloads subtitles easily too, which is also a reason to have it.[appbox googleplay com.tripadvisor.tripadvisor]
An app makes job far more easier, so why not keep TripAdvisor installed on your Chromebook too. If you are planning a trip, or are already on one, having TripAdvisor is a must, period. Finding interesting restaurants, tourists spots, hotels, etc. is a breeze with TripAdvisor.[appbox googleplay gov.nasa]
Ah, got some time off the work, check out what NASA has made available for you to gaze at. The latest news and stories about sky and beyond is a good little distraction before moving back to work.[appbox googleplay com.pixlr.express]
If you need a trusted app to quickly perform normal editing functions like crop, resize, etc. for presentation, keep Pixlr in hand. of course, if you want serious photo editing, that’s achievable too.
Now that Android Apps are here, your Chromebook should help you a lot in editing videos pretty easily. And let that job be performed by VivaVideo. The app comes loaded with many features, and is in itself a powerful editor too. You can even create slideshows with the app, when your pics collection is far more interesting that video.[appbox googleplay com.cleanmaster.mguard]
Because Android app are now available, your Chromebook will not be that simple and clean anymore. You will naturally be inclined to load more-than-necessary apps — what if to only give your fav ones a spin on Chromebook! I would certainly — you definitely need an app to clean the system and junk here and there is a quick and efficient manner. Hence, Clean Master app.
Alternate App: Power Clean[appbox googleplay com.kii.safe]
With Google Play at heart and Android App all over it, your Chromebook is now a lot more smartphone-ish, or at least tablet-ish. So, why not keep an app that helps with keeping sensitive pics and videos behind closed doors, locked with password and all that. Which is why Vaulty, and it now even supports PDF files, for business users of Chromebook.
Because your Chromebook is a powerful-er machine than usual Android tablet (with proper mouse and keyboard available), you can load it with Dolphin browser and use its extensions to make the most of it. Sure, you got Chrome browser in all its glory available right here, the base of everything on this piece of gadgetry even, but we all need a secondary browser sometimes, right?[appbox googleplay com.evernote]
Well, you know why you need Evernote, it’s been around for years now, and is a solid option for heavy-duty note taking, organizing and everyday and everywhere use. An app would just keep things easier and prettier — especially if you are already using it.[appbox googleplay com.ninegag.android.app]
Because we like experience on App better than website, we need to have app of 9GAG even when we’re talking about a web-oriented-targeted device such as Chromebook.[appbox googleplay com.cardinalblue.piccollage.google]
Should you ever need to join pics before posting to Facebook or Google+, or for use in your blog article, you need an app that does it easily. Install Pic Collage app to create collages on Chromebook, and you can add stickers, text, photo effects, backgrounds, etc. to your pics or the collage itself, all while using gestures to help you quickly to do your stuff.[appbox googleplay tv.twitch.android.app]
For gamers, Twitch is a must-have app. With Twitch, you can watch games live, and chat to gamers you love watching play games. Recorded games are also available, and then there are shows from well-known developers like Blizzard, Sony, etc. to keep you hooked and entertained all along — right there on Chromebook. And yes, it supports Chromecast.[appbox googleplay com.antutu.ABenchMark]
Why not fire up a benchmark app and check out how many points your Chromebook scores, because we can. AnTuTu is pretty good app for that, period. Not an app to boost your productivity, but pretty good have it to to run at least one time on a Chromebook, delete it you may thereafter.[appbox googleplay com.teslacoilsw.launcher]
When we’re talking Android Apps, we can’t help but talk about a launcher or two too. Give Nova Launcher a try and enjoy the new feel on your Chromebook. And because we’re talking home screen replacement apps, mentioning some choices is an obvious thing to do: C Launcher | Arrow Launcher (by Microsoft) | Aviate Launcher (by Yahoo) | ZenUI Launcher (by Asus) | Solo Launcher[appbox googleplay com.wunderkinder.wunderlistandroid]
Wunderlist is another horse in the list of to-do Android apps, where Google’s own Keep app is a pretty solid option already — one that you already have on your Chromebook. Where Wunderlist excels over Keep and ‘To Do List’ app we shared above is that it’s got a very beautiful UI, extended features like comments and link sharing (shows pic too!), pics as attachments, etc. and you could even delegate work. Plus, it’s available on web and PC too. But it doesn’t sync with Google, so if you ever think about switching to other app, exporting your data from this app to that app will not be easy.[appbox googleplay com.lbe.parallel.intl]
Wanna unleash your Chromebook to its full potential — go for the Parallel Space Android app. The app allows you to run multiple instances of the apps, so that not only you, but your family members can use the same Android app on the device separately and privately, without logging you out to be able use an app, like Facebook. Give it a go, and you will know how cool is it.[appbox googleplay com.wwe.universe]
Because it’s available, grab the cool WWE app. Once again, if there’s an app available, why go for the web. File this one in entertainment.[appbox googleplay com.everimaging.photoeffectstudio]
When it comes to simple, pleasing and wonderful photo editor, few better Fotor. Look for the effects with most star ratings to quickly identify which effects you should give try first of all when editing pics. For professional, there are some cool features to spend time with.[appbox googleplay com.andrewshu.android.reddit]
If you are a redditor, then a reddit-dedicated app is a must for you even on Chromebook. Because you want notifications, alerts, latest news in your fav sub-reddit, etc. find you and fly over to you, right? Hence, reddit is fun app.[appbox googleplay com.baiwang.PhotoFeeling]
Lidow is another cool photo editor app to use if you like editing pics a lot. Mostly, it’s the uniqueness of the app — whether that be with its effects and filters, color splash stuff, or blur and text stuff — Lidow makes editing pleasing, and satisfying (a lot).[appbox googleplay com.houzz.app]
You know Houzz app, right? And we know you would love it on your Chromebook too. If you are into interior design, or have a construction work going on, then it’s simply a must have Android app.[appbox googleplay com.cyberlink.photodirector]
With mouse and keyboard at your disposal, you can do a lot better with professional photography apps. And Cyberlink’s PhotoDirector is one such app that deserves a place on your Chromebook, for definite. Play with HSL sliders and RGB color channels to edit pics quickly easily.[appbox googleplay com.google.android.apps.adm]
Well well, why not keep track of your Chromebook with the Android Device Manager app, when it’s available at your service now. Pretty useful app, no?[appbox googleplay com.imageline.FLM]
For the music editors out there, Chromebook could be very handy when you have the FL Studio Mobile Android app installed on it. The App is one of the best in its category, and which is why the hefty price tag, deserving though. You can even use work exported from PC over here, and then back on PC.[appbox googleplay com.sand.airdroid]
Make it easy to transfer files from and to Chromebook easy with the AirDroid app. You can also use it to get mirror notification of your messages on Android phone right there on your Chromebook.[appbox googleplay com.ifttt.ifttt]
There are many great uses of IFTTT for a business, thus a Chromebook can use the app for better for sure.[appbox googleplay com.steadfastinnovation.android.projectpapyrus]
If you already use Squid on your phone, then installing it on Chromebook is an obvious thing. Even if you don’t give the app a try — the handwriting recognizing and note taking app could help a lot in business sometimes.[appbox googleplay com.microsoft.rdc.android]
Wanna access your Windows machine when on the work trip, well, no need to fire up your Android phone, just install the Microsoft Remote Desktop app on your Chromebook and use it check the PC at home.[appbox googleplay com.adobe.psmobile]
One of the most professional photo editing, the Adobe Photoshop Express has the ability to make you not miss Photoshop on Chromebook. Lots of features, many Pro ones.[appbox googleplay com.rockstargames.gtasa]
With the mouse and keyboard, roaming the free streets of San Andreas Android game is more fun then ever. You could don the game easily now thanks to mouse and keyboard, really. Fun, fun, fun.[appbox googleplay com.spotify.music]
On the big screen, Spotify looks even better. If you are hooked to it already, give it an install her on Chromebook too. Play any song from any artist anywhere now while on work, and even same music offline for times of no internet.[appbox googleplay com.qiigame.flocker.global]
Give your Chromebook a touch of beauty when it fires up by employing the cool app we know as Locker Master – DIY lock screen.
Do tell us what you think about these apps. We would love to know which ones are your favorite apps for the Chromebook. Shout out in comment below.