News — A blueprint to construct world-class apps and video games for Chrome OS


Posted by Iein Valdez, Head of Chrome OS Developer Relations

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Whereas persons are spending extra time at dwelling than on the go, they’re relying more and more on private desktops and laptops to make on a regular basis life simpler. Whether or not they’re video-chatting with family and friends, discovering entertaining apps and video games, multitasking at work, or pursuing a ardour venture, larger screens and higher efficiency have made all of the distinction.

This development was clear from March via June 2020: Chromebook unit gross sales grew 127% 12 months over 12 months (YOY) whereas the remainder of the U.S. pocket book class elevated by 40% YOY.1 Laptops have change into essential to folks at dwelling who need to use their favourite apps and video games, like Star Trek™ Fleet Command and Reigns: Sport of Thrones to get pleasure from action-packed journey, Calm to handle stress, or Disney+ to maintain the entire household entertained.

Device Sales YOY

To ship app experiences that actually enhance folks’s lives, builders have to be geared up with the precise instruments, assets, and greatest practices. That’s why we’re excited to introduce — a devoted useful resource for technical builders, designers, product managers, and enterprise leaders., out there in English and Spanish (with different languages coming quickly), options the most recent information, product bulletins, technical documentation, and code samples from fashionable apps. Whether or not you’re an online, Android, or Linux developer who’s simply getting began or an authorized knowledgeable, you’ll discover all the knowledge you want on

Hear from our specialists at Google and Chrome OS, in addition to a wide range of builders, as they share sensible suggestions, advantages, and the challenges of making app experiences for as we speak’s customers. Plus, you’ll be able to overview the up to date Chrome OS Structure and UX App High quality pointers with useful info on UI elements, navigation, fonts, layouts, and all the things that goes into creating world-class apps and video games for Chrome OS.

Even higher, as a completely open-source on-line vacation spot, is designed contemplating all of the ideas and strategies for creating extremely succesful and dependable Progressive Internet Apps (PWAs), making certain builders at all times have fast, easy accessibility to the knowledge they want — even after they’re offline.

Take a look at just a few of the latest updates and enhancements under, and make sure you set up the PWA in your gadget to remain on prime of the most recent info.

New options for Chrome OS builders

Whether or not it’s creating Android, Linux, or net apps, each replace on is about ensuring all builders can construct higher app experiences in a streamlined, easy-to-navigate setting.

Customizable Linux Terminal

The Linux (Beta) on Chrome OS Terminal now comes geared up with personalised options proper out of the field, together with:

Built-in tabs and shortcuts
Multitask with ease by utilizing home windows and tabs to handle totally different duties and change between a number of initiatives. You too can use acquainted shortcuts equivalent to Ctrl + T, Ctrl + W, and Ctrl + Tab to handle your tabs, or use the settings web page to regulate if these keys ought to be utilized in your Terminal for apps like vim or emacs.
Customise your Terminal by choosing a theme to modify up the background, body, font, and cursor coloration.

Redesigned Terminal settings
The settings tab has been reorganized to make it simpler to customise all of your Terminal choices.

Builders can now begin utilizing these and different customizable options within the Terminal app.

Android Emulator assist

Supported Chromebooks can now run a full model of the Android Emulator, which permits builders to check apps on any Android model and gadget while not having the precise . Android app builders can simulate map areas and different sensor information to check how an app performs with varied motions, orientations, and environmental situations. With the Android Emulator assist in Chrome OS, builders can optimize for various Android variations and gadgets — together with tablets and foldable smartphones — proper from their Chromebook.

Deploy apps on to Chrome OS

Constructing and testing Android apps on a single machine is less complicated than ever. Now, builders who’re working Chrome OS M81 and better can deploy and take a look at apps immediately on their Chromebooks — no want to make use of developer mode or to attach totally different gadgets bodily through USB. Mixed with Android Emulator assist, Chrome OS is supplied to assist full Android growth.

Improved Challenge Wizard in Android Studio

An up to date Main/Element Exercise Template in Android Studio provides full assist to construct experiences for bigger screens, together with Chromebooks, tablets, and foldables. This up to date possibility offers a number of layouts for each telephones and larger-screen gadgets in addition to higher keyboard/mouse scaffolding. This function shall be out there in Android Studio four.2 Canary eight.

Up to date assist from Android lint checks

We’ve improved the default checks in Android’s lint device to assist builders establish and proper frequent coding points to enhance their apps on bigger screens, equivalent to non-resizable and portrait-locked actions. This function is at present out there for testing in Canary channel.

Unlock your app’s full potential with Chrome OS

From day one, our aim has been to assist builders at each talent degree create easy, highly effective, and safe app experiences for all platforms. As our new actuality creates a higher want for useful and fascinating apps on large-screen gadgets, we’re working onerous to streamline the method by making Chrome OS extra versatile, customizable, and intuitive.

Go to and set up it in your Chromebook to remain on prime of the most recent assets, product updates, thought-provoking insights, and galvanizing success tales from Chrome OS builders worldwide.

1 The NPD Group, Inc., U.S. Retail Monitoring Service, Pocket book Computer systems, based mostly on unit gross sales, April–June 2020 and March–June 2020​.