Android development

ChromeOS devices bring the unique benefit that you can build Android apps on them, and you can run Android apps on Chrome devices as well. You can deploy directly to the device you are coding on, which can make building and testing easier. Testing your app on ChromeOS helps you better understand the user experience and how to optimize your app’s experience for large screens and input support. Additionally, you will be able to deploy and test your app from your ChromeOS device to a phone, tablet, or another ChromeOS device.

Install Android Studio on ChromeOS

Android Studio has been officially supported on ChromeOS since version 3.5⁠. To install Android Studio please follow the Android Studio ChromeOS install instructions⁠.

System requirements for Android Studio

  • 8 GB RAM or more recommended
  • 20 GB of available disk space minimum
  • 1280 x 800 minimum screen resolution
  • Intel i5 or higher (U series or higher) recommended

Recommended devices for Android Studio

  • Acer: Chromebook 13/Spin 13, Chromebox CXI3, Chromebook 712 [C871]
  • ASUS: Chromebox 3, Chromebook Flip C436FA
  • CTL: Chromebox CBx1
  • Dell: Inspiron Chromebook 14, Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Chromebook Enterprise, Latitude 5400 Chromebook Enterprise
  • HP: Chromebook x360 14, Chromebox G2, Chromebook x360 14c
  • Lenovo: Yoga C630 Chromebook, Flex 5 Chromebook
  • ViewSonic: NMP660 Chromebox

Android Emulator support

Supported Chromebooks can now run a full version of the Android Emulator, which allows developers to test apps on any Android version and device without needing the actual hardware. Android app developers can simulate map locations and other sensor data to test how an app performs with various motions, orientation, and environmental conditions. With the Android Emulator support in ChromeOS, developers can optimize for different Android versions and devices — including tablets and foldable smartphones — right from their Chromebook.

Supported devices for the Android Emulator

  • Acer: Chromebook 712 [C871]
  • ASUS: Chromebook Flip C436FA
  • Dell: Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Chromebook Enterprise, Latitude 5400 Chromebook Enterprise
  • HP: Chromebook x360 14c
  • Lenovo: Flex 5 Chromebook

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