Google started today ChromeOS.dev, a new website designed to help developers get started building Android apps for the company's Linux-based operating system. With today's update, Google is also making it easier to build and test Android Applications on Chromebooks.
The new ChromeOS.dev website, currently available in English and Spanish, is designed to “help developer Maximize your capabilities on the platform through technical resources / tutorials, product announcements, code samples and more, ”a Google spokesperson told us. As Google notes in today's announcement, Chromebook sales rose 127% year over year in the last quarter, compared to 40% for notebooks in general.
To help Android Developers do all of their work on a Chromebook, if they choose. Google now offers the full Android emulator on Chrome OS to test apps directly on their Chromebooks. The team has also made it a lot easier to deploy apps on Chrome OS (M81 and later). Developers can now deploy and test apps directly without having to use developer mode or connect devices via USB.
In addition to these Android-centric updates, today Google released a small but welcome update to the Linux beta that focuses on the terminal. With that, Linux on Chrome OS now offers an improved terminal that now includes tabs, shortcuts, themes, and redesigned terminal settings.
Android Studio has also received a small update with a new template for primary / detail activities, which now better supports creating apps for large-screen devices such as Chromebook, tablets and foldables (in time for today's announcement of Microsoft Surface Duo).