Google Brings One-Click Install for Android Studio on Chrome OS


Last year, Google took to I / O to encourage developers to build apps with Chromebooks and larger screens in mind. This year, the Mountain View team is courting the same developers to Chrome OS with even more native tools for use on Chromebooks.

Android Studio has been technically available for Linux compatible Chromebooks for some time, but now you can download the .deb package directly from the Android Studio website and install the Build & Test Tool with just one click.

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Labeled “Studio Preview,” the Chrome OS specific install still lacks some features like an emulator, but the basic functions are there and more are in the works.

USB device support and debugging is on the way, and the developers even took a quick look at pairing Android Studio with a Pixel 2 XL phone. Honestly, it was a bit over my head but it’s clear Google is working hard to make Chrome OS a real development tool.

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There’s even a list of recommended devices as well as preferred hardware to run Android Studio on Chrome OS. Here’s what Google recommends for your device to handle the workload.

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

This does not mean that other Crostini compatible devices will not work. It’s just that these specs will handle Android Studio in a more user-friendly way.

Recommended Chrome devices

  • Lenovo Yoga C630 Chromebook
  • Acer Chromebook Spin 13
  • HP x360 Chromebook
  • HP Chromebox G2
  • ASUS Chromebox 3

Other devices with U-series processors include the Acer CXI3 Chromebook and the CTL Core i7 Chromebox, but as Kevin Tofel points out, his Core i5 Y-series slate performs the app very well.

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To download Android Studio, go to the settings menu and make sure Linux apps are enabled on your device. Then go to the Studio preview page here and download the .deb file.

From there, head to your downloads folder, right click on the .deb file and select “Install with Linux”. Wait a bit and you are good to try.

We’ll be listening to more Chrome OS sessions later today and bring you the news as it arrives. In particular, Linux on Chromebooks will be covered later in the evening and we look forward to some goodies from what’s to come for Crostini.

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