Google recently launched a dedicated webpage for “Chromos.dev” to bring all the news and resources related to Chrome OS in one place. In addition to launching the website, Google has announced support for Android emulator for select Chromebooks. In this way, developers can test apps without external devices.
The page states “Supported Chromebooks can now run a full version of the Android emulator, which allows developers to test applications on any version and Android device without the need for physical devices.”
Google explains, “By supporting Android emulator in Chrome OS, developers can customize various Android versions and devices – including foldable tablets and smartphones – directly from their Chromebook.”
Given the hardware limitations, Google officially supports six Chromebook models so far. Also, Google did not include its Pixelbook on the list. Take a look at the full list of Chromebooks that are capable of running the emulator below:
It should be noted that this is an initial list of supported devices and will expand support to include more devices with better hardware, such as the recently launched Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise.
Google started supporting Android Studio with version 3.5. Recommended specs for running Android Studio on a Chromebook include a minimum of 8 GB of RAM, 4 GB of disk space, 1280 x 800 minimum screen resolution, and an Intel i5 processor or higher. If you are interested in developing applications and games on Chrome OS devices, you can visit the ChromeOS.dev website to find helpful resources and guides to get you started.