Targeting Chrome OS with Delphi via Android and Linux
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!
- chromium.org is the home of the open source Chromium OS
- developer.android.com/chrome-os is the Android developer page for Chrome OS apps
You need a Chromebook that has Android support. Use this list:
- Stable Channel means they have Android support without any special work
- Beta Channel means you need to switch to the Beta Channel to get Android support
- Planned means someday you should get Android support
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.
I was going to make this one massive post, but instead I will link to other posts on the topic.
- Enabling Developer Mode on Chrome OS
- Connecting to Chrome OS via ADB
- Enabling Linux development on Chrome OS
Still to Come
- Creating resizable windows
- Dealing with the status bar offset (just go full-screen)
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