Engagement of Android apps on Chrome OS increases 50% in one year
As we head into 2022, Google has released some interesting stats about its platforms over the past year.
The demand for software has grown over the past two years as businesses and employees adapt to new ways of working and doing business in a rapidly changing world. As consumers, many of us are spending more time at home and relying on software to entertain us and make our lives easier.
Chromebooks are often associated with students because they’re generally less expensive than competing platforms while offering similar – or some would say better – features and ruggedness. It’s no surprise that demand for Chromebooks has skyrocketed during the pandemic.
Over the past year, Google says Chrome OS has grown by 92%.
All Chromebooks sold since 2019 (and some after 2016) support Android apps. Google says the number of users using Android apps on Chromebooks has increased by 50% year over year (YoY) while people are also spending 300% more time using them compared to ‘last year.
The growth in engagement will be driven by pandemic-driven device sales, hybrid working, and software enhancements for users and developers over the past year.
Google has rolled out support for Android 11 to Chromebooks along with a number of runtime improvements. The company also moved Android from a container to a virtual machine for more stable, secure, and high-performance experiences.
Chromebooks running Chrome OS 93 or later now automatically run designed-for-mobile Android apps locked to their phone or tablet’s orientation. If users prefer one or the other, they can disable the feature by clicking on the “resizable” option.
To help developers create responsive layouts, Google released Jetpack Compose 1.0. The Declarative UI Toolkit lets developers decide how an app should look on all screen sizes, and also supports desktop inputs such as mice, trackpads, or keyboards, for adaptive user interfaces depending on what is available.
Android Studio Chipmunk, meanwhile, helps test how apps look and behave at runtime by providing emulations that support fast switching between four benchmark devices: phone, foldable, tablet, and desktop. .
Elsewhere, Chrome OS’s low-latency pen library was released in May to speed up touch-to-draw and pen-to-draw experiences. The API achieves this by rendering pen strokes directly through the hardware compositor and predicting where the next part of the stroke will be drawn.
Google helps developers who have taken the time to optimize their apps for Chromebooks by promoting them to the top of Google Play listings on Chrome OS. Google said Optimized Partners increased downloads by 75% after just a month of going live in early April.
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