What’s new in Chrome OS? A sooner, less complicated, and safer atmosphere for Internet and Android builders


Posted by Allan Livingston, Product Administration Director, Chrome OS App Ecosystem

When Google launched Chrome OS 9 years in the past, we designed each facet round three core ideas: velocity, simplicity, and safety. Final 12 months at I/O, Google put these ideas at builders’ fingertips by implementing Linux assist on Chrome OS. This gave builders the elevated flexibility of constructing and operating Linux apps mixed with the velocity and safety of working inside Chrome OS.

In simply the final 12 months, the Chrome OS ecosystem has grown at an unbelievable price. Linux assist has been rolled out to over half of all Chromebooks. Plus, all gadgets launched this 12 months can be Linux-ready proper out of the field. The mixture of Linux and Chrome OS makes for an incredible net growth atmosphere — and we’re making the method even simpler for Android growth.

At I/O this 12 months, we confirmed net and Android builders just a few of essentially the most thrilling enhancements which have made Chrome OS a good sooner, less complicated, and safer atmosphere than ever. Let’s get into just a few of the highlights:

File sharing
At the moment we introduced that it’s a lot simpler to share information between Linux, Android, and Chrome OS. Now you need to use the file supervisor to maneuver your information safely throughout Chrome OS, Google Drive, Android, and Linux.

Laptop displaying file sharing drag and drop

Port forwarding
We’ve additionally made enhancements to port forwarding on Chrome OS, making it simpler to attach networking providers between Linux and Chrome OS. That approach, you may run an internet server throughout the Linux container whereas debugging on the identical machine.

Android Studio one-click set up and built-in debugging
Putting in Android Studio on Chrome OS was a reasonably prolonged course of. Now, it takes a easy double-click. There’s no want to make use of a terminal to obtain, transfer, and unzip the file — simply obtain it, click on, and set up.

Android Studio one-click installation screen on laptop

Now in beta channel with Chrome OS 75, we additionally enabled safe USB assist for Android telephones. You may develop, debug, and push your APK to Android telephones on any of the Android developer-recommended Chromebooks.

Chrome OS additionally mechanically handles frequent set up pain-points, like hardware compatibility and energy administration set-up.

A rising alternative for Android builders

App builders have to think about an enormous vary of things to ship wonderful experiences on each display screen dimension and kind issue. In simply the previous couple of years, the app expertise has developed far past cell screens. Individuals are utilizing apps throughout totally different gadgets that blur the traces between cell and desktop — from attaching keyboards to their tablets to utilizing their smartphones to challenge onto a desktop display screen. And it doesn’t matter what system they’re utilizing, they anticipate apps to ship a seamless expertise each time.

While you’re constructing on and for Chrome OS, you’re on a streamlined path to reaching a large and fast-growing viewers of engaged customers. In simply the final 12 months, the variety of month-to-month energetic customers who enabled Android apps on Chrome OS has grown by 250%.1 And in This autumn 2018, 21% of notebooks offered within the U.S. have been Chromebooks — a 23% YoY unit gross sales progress.2

Quote that reads: In Q4 2018, 21% of notebooks sold in the U.S. were Chromebooks — a 23% YoY unit sales growth

As a result of tens of millions of Android apps already run on Chrome OS, you may take the identical APK and lengthen your app’s attain to much more shoppers with just some tweaks. Whether or not they’re constructing apps with bigger screens in thoughts from the beginning or optimizing outdated apps to achieve new customers, builders behind a few of the hottest cell apps and video games have already seen unbelievable outcomes from Chromebook customers.

Developer highlight: Ideas & BandLab

As folks use apps in additional unpredictable and galvanizing methods, devs are seeing even larger engagement after optimizing for bigger screens. Watch the video beneath to see how Ideas created a bigger, extra responsive canvas for aspiring digital designers and the way BandLab gave musicians a extra immersive platform for exploring and composing new music.

Chrome OS: A quick and safe growth atmosphere

It’s by no means been simpler or safer to develop for the Internet and Android on Chrome OS. Between a fast-growing person base, Progressive Internet Apps, tens of millions of Android apps, and now, Linux, the potential for growing on and for Chrome OS is simply going to continue to grow.

Chrome OS delivers the velocity and efficiency app customers anticipate, and it’s now even sooner, less complicated, and safer than ever for all builders.

We will’t wait to see the wonderful stuff you create along with your Chromebooks!

1. Google Inner Information, March 2018 to March 2019.

2. The NPD Group, Inc., Retail Monitoring Service, U.S., Pocket book Computer systems, Chrome OS, based mostly on items, Oct. eight, 2017–Jan. 6, 2018 vs. Oct. 7, 2018–Jan. 5, 2019.



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