Google Adds Official Android Emulator Support on Select Chromebooks

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An employee demonstrates a Samsung Electronics Co. Chromebook laptop in the Google Inc. sales area at a Currys and PC World 2 in 1 store, operated by Dixons Retail Plc, on Tottenham Court Road in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. U.K. shop-price inflation slowed in November to the lowest in a year as a supermarket price war curbed food-cost increases, the British Retail Consortium said. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

INTRO: Google recently launched a dedicated ‘Chromeos.dev’ web page for bringing all Chrome OS-related news and resources in one place. Alongside the website’s launch, Google announced Android Emulator support for select Chromebooks. This way, developers can test apps without external hardware.

“Supported Chromebooks can now run a full version of the Android Emulator, which allows developers to check apps on any Android version and device without having the particular hardware,” reads the page.

“With the Android Emulator support in Chrome OS, developers can optimize for various Android versions and devices — including tablets and foldable smartphones — right from their Chromebook,” explains Google.

Considering the hardware limitations, Google is officially supporting six Chromebook models as of now. Also, Google has not included its Pixelbook lineup on the list. Take a glance at the whole list of Chromebooks capable of running Emulator below:

  • Acer: Chromebook 712 [C871]
  • ASUS: Chromebook Flip C436FA
  • Dell: Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Chromebook Enterprise, Latitude 5400 Chromebook Enterprise
  • HP: Chromebook x360 14c
  • Lenovo: Flex 5 Chromebook

It is worth noting that these are the initial list of supported devices and therefore the support is probably going to expand to more devices with better hardware, just like the recently-launched Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise.

Google started supporting Android Studio with version 3.5. The recommended specifications for running Android Studio on Chromebooks include a minimum of 8 GB of RAM, 4 GB of disc space, 1280 x 800 minimum screen resolution, and Intel i5 or higher. If you’re interested to develop apps and games on Chrome OS devices, you’ll visit ChromeOS.dev website to seek out useful resources and guides to urge started.

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