You no longer need to try a beta version to stream Android apps to your Chromebook. Google has released a Chrome OS M115 update that makes Android app streaming available to many more people. If you have Phone Hub enabled, you can run an Android app directly from your mobile device instead of installing it on your computer. The update lets you reply to a text or check your lunch delivery without the distraction of looking for your cellphone.
The feature is still limited to a handful of Android 13-capable phones from Google and Xiaomi. From Google, you’ll need a Pixel 4a or newer. Meanwhile, Xiaomi fans need at least a 12T. Both your Chromebook and your phone must be on the same WiFi network and physically nearby. Some networks may not support the feature, but you can use Chrome OS Instant Connect to create a connection if needed.
Just like during the beta, you won’t want to use app streaming for games or other intensive Android apps. This is more for responding to notifications than for any serious engagement — you’ll still want to install apps for that. However, it gives Chromebooks some of the phone integration you find in macOS and Windows and can help you stay focused while working.
The M115 upgrade also allows you to sign PDF documents and save signatures for later use. Google has also redesigned the keyboard-oriented Shortcut app with a new interface and easier in-app search.