Chrome OS will soon have a Compatibility Mode for unoptimized Android apps

Chrome OS has supported Android apps from the Play Store for ages, but even though the popularity of Chromebooks have surged in popularity in recent years, not all Android apps and games work well on them. Many apps are still primarily optimized for phone-sized screens and touch controls, not larger displays and keyboard controls. Thankfully, Google is now improving the experience of using unoptimized apps on Chromebooks.
The Android Dev Summit is full swing, and one of the presentations (“What’s new for large screens and foldables in Android and ChromeOS”) revealed a new feature coming to Chrome OS. A new Compatibility Mode will be available for Android apps, which adds a new button in the center of Android app windows. Clicking the button will let you switch between a phone layout, a tablet layout, or a resizable window.

The presentation described the feature as already available, but this seems to be the first time Google has talked about it publicly. Chrome Unboxed noted last m…

Written By: Corbin Davenport

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