Targeting Chrome OS with Delphi via Android and Linux

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Google's Chrome OS is based on their Chrome Browser and runs on Chromebooks, which are halfway between a tablet and a laptop. They are designed around the idea that most of the stuff we do anymore is done through the browser. A while ago Google announced that they were going to start adding support for the Google Play Store on Chrome OS so you can run Android apps on a Chromebook. Samsung announced the first two Chromebooks to support Android Apps, the Samsung Chromebook Plus and Samsung Chromebook Pro. The difference being the processor with the Plus running a Rockchip RK3399 ARM hexa core CPU while the Pro runs a Intel Core m3-6y30. That's right ladies and gentlemen, the Intel Android is making a comeback!


Useful Sites

Chromebook

You need a Chromebook that has Android support. Use this list:

I’ve tested the Samsung Chromebook Pro with an Intel CPU. It and the Samsung Chromebook Plus (ARM CPU) were both released with Android support in mind.

See Also

I was going to make this one massive post, but instead I will link to other posts on the topic.

Still to Come

  • Creating resizable windows
  • Dealing with the status bar offset (just go full-screen)



Comments

  • jeffam70
    jeffam70 Thursday, 3 August 2017

    I'm very excited that you've experimented with and provided all this great information for getting Delphi Android apps to run on a Chromebook! I found this to work back in September 2016 ( here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JeffMartin71/posts/2QaHQdwjFic ) and did some development of my own thereafter with good success. It was only as of Delphi Berlin that this started working; I'm assuming because of an SDK update. Thanks for all the setup into; you managed to figure out a few things I did not, so it will be handy for me. And my all means, please stay "excited about Chromebook" and get engineering and marketing involved so that there will be official support for Chromebook in Delphi/C++ Builder!

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