Google announces ChromeOS.dev, a website for Chrome OS dev resources, announcements, and more
If you’re a developer interested in building for Chrome OS, you might want to bookmark Google’s new ChromeOS.dev website, an online resource for technical information, product announcements, code samples, and more.
Google said it created ChromeOS.dev in response to the massive increase in interest of Chromebooks. According to Google, between March and June 2020, Chromebook unit sales grew 127% year-over-year. It’s clear these devices are becoming increasingly popular due to more people working and learning from home.
By offering a hub of tips and best practices, Google is providing developers with a place they can refine their skills. There are resources for adapting your Android app(s), games, or web apps for Chrome OS. There’s a page on how to publish an app on Google Play that targets Chromebooks. Want to develop on a Chromebook? There’s a resource for learning about Crostini, which enables Linux app support on Chrome OS. There are also pages for setting up Android Studio, other IDEs that run on Linux, and how to efficiently use keyboard shortcuts, touchpad gestures, and virtual desks to improve your productivity. Lastly, near the bottom of the page, you’ll find the latest Chrome OS developer news and links to other pages you should keep an eye on, such as Google’s various social media channels and other websites.
To celebrate the launch of ChromeOS.dev, Google is deploying some updates that Chrome OS developers will find interesting, including changes to the Linux terminal. You can now customize the look and feel of the terminal, open tabs, and use keyboard shortcuts. Google also reiterates that select Chromebooks can use a full version of the Android Emulator and deploy apps directly to Chrome OS — no fiddling around with other devices or running developer mode.
With Chromebooks becoming increasingly popular, it’s great to see Google provide a central place for Chrome OS developers to get information. It’s also a very accessible way for new developers to learn the ins-and-outs of Chrome OS development.