Chromebook compatible apps from android might be on their way as the company is pushing developers to think about these dual-purpose apps. And the main reason behind this push seems to be due to a better Android app experience on large screen devices.
A blog on the Chrome OS development website notes that 50 percent more people are using Android apps on Chromebooks year over year. And Google has rolled out many improvements for developers to create better Chromebook-compatible Android apps in 2021.
Google executives Fahd Imtiaz and Sanj Nathwani, in the post, mention that it’s the company’s “top priority” to find ways to deliver a better app experience to users on Chromebooks, foldable phones, and tablets. To assist developers to build apps that provide a refined – smartphone-like – app experience.
Chromebook compatible apps
Google recently released Android 12, and many smartphones started adopting the new operating system. The Chromebooks were, in line, upgraded to Android 11 to ensure better app rendering, scaling, and resizing for the large screen.
With support for Android 11, Chrome OS was improved for file sharing, which is now a “lot faster” courtesy of Android’s Nearby Share.
Facilitating the developers further, Chromebooks running Chrome OS 93 or upwards, the post notes, can automatically run Android apps made for smartphones. When the device is in “phone or tablet orientations.” Depending on the preference, users can disable the feature.
Along with this, there are a few other developer-centric features rolled out this year. That includes Unity game engine, Jetpack Compose 1.0, and UI toolkit. to allow the developers to create and facilitate experience on Chromebook.
All these improvements are aligned with Google’s continuous attempt to streamline publishing on x86 and x86_64 based Chrome OS devices. Keep coming back for more updates as the story unfolds as we progress into the year 2022.