Android apps on ChromeOS

In 2016, the Google Play Store was brought to ChromeOS, allowing the same apps that run on phones and tablets to run on Chromebooks without compromising their speed, simplicity or security. Because Chromebooks run a full version of the Android framework, your app is most likely running on ChromeOS devices today! That means devs can take their single Android APK and scale it to work on any ChromeOS device, allowing for even more immersive and engaging experiences on devices with bigger screens. There are a few differences between phones and ChromeOS devices (and other larger screen form-factors) that can add challenges and opportunities for different experiences such as:

  • Larger landscape-first screens
  • x86 architecture devices
  • Free form windows and resizing
  • Keyboard, mice, & trackpads as first class input methods

Learn what it takes to build a high-quality large screen appā , then jump in to start adapting your app for ChromeOS.

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