Google Want to Fix Broken Android App Experiences on Chromebook. At the moment, Google Still has one OS that would rule them all, at least not until Fuschia actually becomes a real thing, but it does come with a chrome OS. To add to the web-centric operating system, the platform is also offering support for running Linux software and, more importantly, Android Apps.
The latter has been a long time coming, but the experience is less than ideal, though not through any fault of the Chrome OS itself. Android apps do not work quite well on anything but phones that include tablets.
Google Want to Fix Broken Android App Experiences on Chromebook
Google has worked so hard to push a change to that undesirable situation, and an upcoming release of its official Android development tool would offer developers fewer excuses not to make sure that their apps work properly on a much larger screen like Chromebooks, no matter the app’s window size.
Even though tablets have been in existence long before there were smartphones, Android was naturally designed for devices with smaller screens. It has been optimized to show only a limited number of items on the screens. It has been optimized to show only a limited number of items on the screen and only one “page” of the interface at a particular time, taking advantage of the limitations of a small handheld device to the point that it’s one of its strengths. After all, you won’t be distracted that much if you are not doing plenty of things at once.
Android tablets challenged those assumptions, and to its credit, Google did offer ways for Android apps to support much larger screens. Developers, unfortunately, we were not enthusiastic when it comes to adopting those new features, mostly because Android tablets haven’t exactly been a profitable market. This situation, however, is a bit different from Chrome OS, as it saw a 50% rise in Android app use last year and despite that, the apps would continue to misbehave while they are still on that platform.
Android Studio Virtual Desktop is inbound
One of the biggest problems that were faced by Android apps on tablets, especially on chrome OS is that they do not change their UI and contents when the windows get resized. That is because developers don’t have an easy way to try out the behavior unless they have been downloaded on chrome for testing. Even then, they only get to test that right after they have deployed it to the device rather than in the middle of development. This is the hurdle that Android Studio’s upcoming “Electric Eel” release is looking forward to resolving, giving the developers all the tools that they need to do things the right way.
The Desktop Android virtual Device would function like an emulator that will allow the developers to test how their apps would behave when the window gets resized, as stated by Android Police. Also, it covers how the app would work with others in multi-window mode, how it would display notifications and similar considerations that are not really a concern on smartphones or even tablets. This means that Android apps on Chrome OS will behave properly in the coming future.
Alongside the Android 12L, this Android Studio feature demonstrates Google’s push to get Android apps in tip-top shape for large screens, which includes tablets, Chrome OS, and PC modes. All these, however, still depend on what the developers are actually putting in the work in other to adapt their software to make use of those new features.
Of course, it would be in their best interests to cover as many platforms and devices as they can cover, especially when it comes to making use of Android on Chrome OS and, soon Windows 11 – which continues to grow over the next few years.
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