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Google lets developers test Android apps in Windows, Linux and Mac

Android developers can now test their apps on Microsoft Windows, Macs and Linux machines
By: Michael Hatamoto | Apps News | Posted: Apr 2, 2015 7:10 pm

Google has released the Arc Welder tool that is able to test Android apps on any device with a Chrome browser, opening the door to cross-platform testing on Microsoft Windows, Linux distributions, and Mac OS X.




Arc Welder is currently in beta/developer preview right now, and can only run one app at a time. Once it has been downloaded, interested users must download and install APK files, which can be done using something like Raccoon.


There is still a discussion among many coders saying it's better to have natively created apps, but a conversion tool seems to be a step in the right direction.


"When building an app you want to get it to as many people as possible but you have to ask how long it will take to get it on other platforms," said Sam Furr, co-founder and director of The App Developers development studio, in a statement to BBC. "There's no shortage of cross-platform frameworks and some of them are very good, but in our experience you do not get the same end product as you would when you build it natively."


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