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Project IDX got an iOS simulator and an Android emulator

If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for the waitlist for a chance to use Google’s Project IDX.

Project IDX, Google’s all-in-one web environment for developing AI-enabled apps, is delivering on some of its early promises. Among other improvements, developers can now access a full iOS simulator and Android emulator right from the browser, allowing for Mac-free iOS app development.

Introduced last year and released into early access, Project IDX is an ambitious endeavor designed to iron out some of the major issues developers face. In a single browser window, you can access a full code editor, a remote terminal, a set of project templates, and a web preview of your current application.

Plus, like almost every other Google service these days, IDX includes built-in help and code augmentation from artificial intelligence. More importantly, because everything runs on Google Cloud, the same Project IDX workstation is available to you from any device with a web browser.

One of the most exciting prospects of Project IDX’s initial announcement was Google’s intention to introduce support for Android emulators and iOS simulators. In a new post on the IDX blog, Google revealed that Android and iOS support is already widely used by those who have trickled through the waitlist.

By supporting iOS simulators, Project IDX allows developers to try their hand at iOS development without the need for a Mac. The three preview versions of IDX are not only useful for native apps, but also allow web developers to simultaneously test their sites in Safari on iOS, Chrome on Android, and the desktop version of Chrome.

This feature is also aimed at Flutter developers, who often want to see how their changes might affect Android, iOS and the web version of their app. For now, however, Google considers iOS support “experimental.”

At the same time, Google is looking to make it easier for interested developers to get started with Project IDX using their preferred languages and frameworks. To that end, it has added new project templates for Astro, Go, Python/Flask, Qwik, Lit, Preact, Solid.js, and Node.js. The company also said that the IDX workspace and available templates can be customized to your liking with Nix.

Other recent updates include automatic firewall customization based on your project needs, instant access to command line tools, and improved Docker support. Meanwhile, developers in 15 more countries, including Brazil, Canada, India, and Mexico, have gained access to Project IDX’s artificial intelligence features.

If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for the waitlist for a chance to use Google’s Project IDX.

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