Android Studio will soon help developers fix broken UIs on Chromebooks

Android Studio will soon make it easier for developers to fix broken user interfaces when their apps are used on Chromebooks.

Chromebook users have suffered from all sorts of problems ever since Google turned on Android app support. Many of these issues stem from how apps designed for Android react when confronted with free-form windows and other desktop features.

The “Electric Eel” version of Android Studio will bring with it the new Desktop Android Virtual Device (AVD).

In a announcementGoogle Chrome OS team wrote:

“The Android app experience on Chromebooks is not always entirely satisfactory for users, as most Android apps and games are not optimized for large screens. Apps are experiencing various compatibility issues that impact directly on user experience and satisfaction.

As more and more developers optimize their apps for Chromebooks, they are looking to test and validate their app experience on Chromebooks. »

Google goes on to explain how developers today will buy a Chromebook, set it up in their development environment, and then deploy their app to the device for testing.

“It’s a lot of friction. We agree. It shouldn’t be that difficult. With the launch of Desktop AVD, developers can now test their apps in a desktop environment without all that extra work,” Google wrote.

The Android 12-based virtual desktop will let developers see how their apps behave with things like free-form window resizing, drag-and-drop, keyboard and mouse input, landscape mode, notifications , etc.

Google says it saw 50% annual growth in the number of users using Android apps on Chrome OS last year. With that in mind, it can be useful to start Desktop AVD to ensure that your applications work properly on Google’s desktop operating system.

Google’s annual developer conference I/O 2022fast approaching (May 11-12), so expect to hear a lot more during the week about what the company has in store for developers and users.

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