Google Play delivers on promise to deliver device-specific content to Chromebooks
If you use the Google Play Store on your Chromebook to install apps and games instead of just relying on web apps or PWAs for everything, you’ll probably know that there are many great experiences you can enjoy on your device. . Note that most are not native to laptop screens and weren’t optimized for Chrome OS, but with games in particular there is still a lot you can install and load to have fun.
Just below the terrible experience of Android apps on Chromebooks, the Play Store itself and its lack of content discovery for those larger screen devices, but back in the days when Google added update presets scale for Android apps on its operating system, the company also pledged that it would do better to help new Chromebook owners find activities on their laptops made especially for them instead of just being tailored to suit them. from phones.
I have opened the store a few times over the past few weeks and have noticed that the company already seems to be delivering on its promise. If you look at the images below, you’ll notice that the home page of the apps and games sections of the Play Store now lists curated, Chromebook-specific experiences that you can grab to get the most out of your device.
In addition to the “Premium Games” which already featured prominently in the games section, the main games page will show you the titles that perform best on larger screens, with gamepads, and more. as long as you’re accessing it from a Chromebook. That’s right, it detects your device and displays relevant content here. You’ll see headers like “Find Your Next Obsession: Play Your Favorites on Chromebook,” and other Chromebook-specific target phrases.
On the “Apps” homepage, many exciting, creativity-driven services that have been promoted as part of the Chromebook Perks program to distract users from Google laptops only and used only for web browsing have their own large lists. , as well as phrases like “Creativity on Chromebooks: Apps to Boost Your Creativity” etc.
Other segments include apps for focus and productivity, entertainment, coding including Cloud Stop Motion, Piper Make and Scratch, etc. As you scroll down the listings become less Chromebook-focused which hopefully will be fixed over time but the fact that so many very specific apps and games are already fulfilled for those who are just buying a new Chrome OS device and may be looking to find something to start their journey that is both promising and exciting.