Google Play for Education service update
Google Play for Education below refers to both the Google Play for Education store as well as the Android device management features that go with it that was launched in the U.S., UK, and Canada. Other Google for Education products such as Chromebook device management are not affected by this change.
- Schools can no longer purchase Google Play for Education licenses or sign up for the service.
- Existing Android and Google Play for Education devices and website will continue to be supported until the end of life of the device. Customers should check the end-of-life date of their device (for example, the Asus Transformer Pad end-of-life date is May 31, 2018).
- After the end-of-life date, customers can continue to use the service. However, Android devices and access to the Google Play for Education website will no longer be supported and services may be modified or discontinued at any point thereafter.
- Android for Education customers that RMA Android for Education devices and receive equivalent approved devices will still be able to use the service to enroll replacement devices—no new licenses are necessary in this scenario.
- Android for Education customers who are using the Google Play for Education website in conjunction with Chromebooks will be fully supported until the end of life of their Android for Education devices. Thereafter, customers can continue to use the website but access will no longer be supported and services may be modified or discontinued.
- Chromebook customers without Android for Education tablets, already using the Google Play for Education website, can continue to do so but services may be modified or discontinued at any time. We strongly encourage Chromebook customers to manage and distribute apps through the Google Admin console.
- IT administrators can grant special delegated administration rights to allow educators to push applications to Chromebooks by organizational unit through the Google Admin console.