Android Studio update will improve Chromebooks and Windows apps
Google has a new addition for its Android Studio development toolkit called Desktop Android Virtual Device (AVD) that should help Android apps run better not only on Chromebooks but also on Windows machines. The new tool, spotted by XDA Developerscomes with a host of features.
Of course, the new tool is primarily focused on helping develop apps for Google’s Chrome OS platform. But Chromebooks aren’t the only large-screen devices that support Android apps. So there will undoubtedly be benefits there as well. And it is not the least of all because of the user interface supported in the development.
What does the new AVD IDE image bring to Android Studio?
The new Android Studio AVD image is built around Android 12 with support for small, medium and large desktop screens. These are optimized for 14-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch screens, respectively.
In the virtual desktop, applications can also be launched in several different modes. Starting with applications launched in a free-form window. Which itself closely emulates Windows or macOS, with maximizing, minimizing, resizing, and closing the UI.
A traditional taskbar is also included, so developers can switch between apps for testing. And a system tray provides access to notifications and quick settings in the virtual environment. With the latter moving away from keys and swipes in other developer images.
All of these tools are designed to help developers focus on common user activities in a full-size desktop environment. Like switching apps and windows, as well as resizing and resizing apps for productivity.
You probably don’t want to use it right now
Now, not all developers looking to support Chromebooks will want to take advantage of changes to the Android Studio IDE. At the very least, not yet. As of this writing, it has not been added to a stable release of the Developer Toolkit. Instead, it appears in the latest version of Canary. Specifically, the Electric Eel Canary version.
That means it’s still testing itself and not quite ready for mainstream app development.
That said, the new tool will make it easier for developers to focus on developing apps for large-screen devices. Without needing to own a Chromebook, if they don’t already have one.