At long last, Google is bringing the ability to sideload Android apps to Chromebooks. The feature is planned for Chrome OS 80, helping both developers and power users alike.
Want to do web development on a Chromebook using Linux, NodeJS, NPM and XAMPP? One full stack developer created this great guide to making it happen.
After four months in a preview release, Android Studio arrives on Chromebooks with official support. There’s still no Android device emulator, but the USB debug feature of Chrome OS lets you install and test apps on your connected phone.
Recent Geekbench listings suggest the next Pixelbook, likely Atlas, will use the same chipsets as the Pixel Slate. That doesn’t make sense for a few reasons.
Originally planned for between Chrome OS 69 and 72, a recent Chromium developer comment suggests that the ability to sideload Android apps on a Chromebook isn’t even likely for Chrome OS 75.
Chrome OS has mostly been a no-show so far at Google I/O, however the developer keynote highlighted a special Android Studio build and recommended Chromebooks to code Android apps.
The newest version of Chrome OS 75 finally brings USB device support to Project Crostini. Using Linux on my Chromebook, I can even use ADB commands to a connected Android phone.
There’s a wide range of great Linux apps for Chromebooks, unless you have an ARM-powered device, that is. Luckily, Visual Code is available through a community build project.
No, there’s no official release date for GPU hardware acceleration in Project Crostini. But if Google is going to officially support Android Studio on Chromebooks in early 2019, that feature should arrive at the same time.