Users of Chromebooks which connect to external monitors will be pleased to know that their devices now get support for Android apps when in extended display mode. This is because Google is working on more native behavior of apps in Chrome OS. Now, these apps will not stay locked to the primary display. Now, these apps will act just like any other window, letting users to reposition them anywhere on the main screen or their additional monitors.
Furthermore, the system will remember the position of the apps. Thus, if the app was on the extended display before it was closed, it will be placed on the extended display when the app is opened again. Similarly, the apps will open on the display from where their respective shelf was positioned, instead of users having to rearrange everything once launched.
Last year, Chromebooks got an update that came with the support to launch almost any Android app on any model of Chromebook. However, Google did not make sure that the daily use of Android apps feels native to Chrome OS, unfortunately. Then, apps would open on the main display of the device and take over the whole screen. Apps could not be launched on the extended display or be freely moved to the larger screen. This was a major turn-off for a lot of users.
These efforts by Google for Android apps on Chromebooks are making the devices even more usable. Pushing the system to work with extended displays, similar to Windows and OS X, bringing Android Nougat to more Chromebook devices and having a generally more user-friendly experience of using Android apps, all these are great ways to let users of the Chromebook know that they are not being neglected. For now, Android apps are still in beta on Chromebooks. Therefore, there will be glitches, even with the latest update.
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