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What's it like to run Android on a Chromebook? Phil and Jerry have all the answers to be had so far, as we take a look at the first developer build. 

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Android Central 294: ChromeDroid FTW


Good podcast guys, audio sounded great. I'm going to go listen to the first few episodes again. I've done it before. Lol. Keep up the good work.

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still no video which makes me sad. there are only 2 video android that i watch and enjoy. Droidlife and all about android. was 3 now 2

I believe it's a mobile nations thing now not just AC. It's sad because it's not strictly just a loss of videos but live Q&A too.

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Nope. I'm pretty sure it was just me saying "Know what? I don't feel like doing video for a while."

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So... Not what maybe the listening and viewing and paying public want... But just cause your.... Miss them..

Also wanted to thank Andrew for voicing concerns about the Play store Chrome integration because as cool as this whole idea sounds on paper, the real-world usage of this implementation is still very clunky to the everyday user. With the latest update they did add the little icons on Chrome apps to differentiate it between Play store apps but it can still get a little confusing.

It's always going to be clunky, it's just a matter of the degree. Chrome was designed for it low spec hardware using a keyboard and mouse/track pad. Android apps were defined for all touch. When you mix that two it will end up doing neither very well.

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I want to thank Jerry for mentioning myself and others early on in the podcast and believing us. :-) we didn't enable any Play Store in the settings...for some reason, after the Chromebook rebooted for the update, the Play Store was just magically in the task bar/status bar.

It's interesting that people are getting the experience differently on the same device with the same build being pushed. I wonder what that difference could be connected to?

Anyway, I've been using the dev channel and Android apps on the Flip since that day; I wish I could've been a guest on this episode, as I have a lot of info to give! :-)

Thanks for all of this coverage. It's going to be really big once this moves to the Stable channel; especially big when Chromebooks are released that were made for this stuff.

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Andrew made a great point about having multiple icons. As always great podcast.

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Phil or Andrew or Alex said something about skype!? You can use the web browser for chrome on the chromebooks now It's been a year now for skype on beta!!

I understand you not wanting to do video I guess, even though the subject matter and stuff you talk about would work really well if there was video or pictures to go with it, especially when talking about hardware or images (like showing the stitching issues of the 360 cam) but why can't you still upload them to youtube? I have listened to audio books through youtube and it works fine.

Or maybe you all need to grow a pair and just do video again but whatever. #videxit