Although Google has not gained an absolute majority of the operating system market share, the positioning of Chrome OS has always been quite interesting. As a mobile operating system originally designed for netbooks, it also introduced support for Android App operations in the future.Unfortunately, many Android applications are still confined to the world of smart phones many years after they came out. The good news is that Google is working hard to promote optimized support for large-screen devices.
Friends who have experienced Android applications on tablets/netbooks have encountered some unusual and unpredictable application behaviors.
For example, on tablet computers, Android App is often forced to be displayed vertically, which is very inconvenient for users with devices of 10 inches and above.
In addition, on Chromebook netbooks, the UI of the Android App will be stretched very long, resulting in severely bad experience.
On the one hand, some Android applications allow the window size to be adjusted on Chrome OS to facilitate users to choose the most suitable content presentation method.
However, not all Android apps support this, and before users actually use it, everything is like “opening the blind box”.
Fortunately, with the upcoming Android 12L, we will soon resolve these embarrassments. As Chrome Unboxed discovered last month, Google has been developing a “compatibility mode” for Android App on Chrome OS.
Taking the tablet as an example, Google intends to add a very conspicuous button between the title bar of the Android application window, indicating that the UI of an App has been optimized for the current layout.
What’s new for large screens and foldables in Android and ChromeOS（via)
More importantly, this feature can automatically adjust the window size of the Android App to make its look and behavior on the Chromebook netbook smoother, and even allows users to switch between different form options.
As part of Google’s newly announced large-screen improvements (Android 12L), ideally, developers will also redesign their applications to better fit different screen sizes and device shapes (including foldable devices).
However, this newly introduced “compatibility mode” provides at least a set of so-called “official mitigation” solutions for old Android applications that lack the motivation to update.