Chrome

Chrome OS on Beta receives new launcher with Google Now

If you're testing out Chrome OS beta, you'd be happy to know that Google has added a new feature that is expected to speed things up: the Chrome Launcher 2.0. Launchers have been very useful on smartphones but it's only now that desktops can take advantage of them the same way in mobile devices. Launchers are not just simple shortcuts because they offer more information and easy access to apps you often use.

Chrome for Android updated, pull down to refresh feature added

Google's Chrome Team has just updated the Chrome app for Android. The mobile web browser has received a bit of changes that if you're not observant, you won't actually notice. The Internet giant updated the app last January and added updates in line with the Material Design elements and Android 5.0 Lollipop. This time, the development team added the "pull down to refresh" function on Chrome. It's something we've seen in other Google apps already but it's only now that Chrome for Android is getting the feature.

Acer upgrades Chromebox CXI with 4th-gen IntelCore i3 chip

August of last year, Acer launched the Chromebox CXI that supports TPM 1.2 and a small footprint. Half a year later, the Taiwanese company updates the CXI lineup by adding a model that runs the 4th-gen IntelCore i3 4030U dual-core processor and supports 4k and 2K displays. Chromebox is now easier to manage and deploy, thanks to the Google Management Console, a web-based console that lets anyone control a set of Chrome OS-powered computers.

Android debuts beta channel to test new WebView

How do apps show HTML content when they need to refer or point to a website? We’re glad you asked! That capability in Android belongs a feature called WebView. By the name alone, it allows apps to show HTML content from websites. To test and generate feedback for the newest version of WebView in Android 5.0, Android Dev has come up a new beta channel.

Smart Lock allows Android to unlock your Chromebook

We've featured something similar but the Smart Lock for Chrome is an official one from Google. This special unlocking feature works on a Chromebook with just an Android phone or tablet nearby. Simply sign in to unlock Chromebook without having to click anything on the keyboard or entering a passcode. All you need to do is access your Android phone.

WhatsApp now available on desktop but only on Chrome (for now)

There are times that some intense conversations are better had with you typing away on your desktop keyboard rather than swiping away on your virtual one. Or there are also times when you can't use your mobile phone but need to keep a conversation going. If you have a WhatsApp account and Google Chrome on your desktop, that's now possible as the messaging service is now available on the Web.

Streamus extension brings YouTube Music to Chrome

YouTube is great for one for reason and one reason only - hosting a massive amount of videos. Late last year, YouTube launched its music platform which offered subscribers unlimited amounts of music for $7.99 per month. Streamus is the new Chrome extension which gives you the freedom to stream music without having to pay. Search your favorite songs, create playlists, and play songs all day - without ever accessing YouTube directly.

Google updates Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Chrome for Android

Some important updates coming to the most useful Google apps for Android: Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Chrome 40 have just been updated. Expect more features and a few changes on the apps that are widely used today. The updates for Google Docs and the Chrome web browser will bring more convenience to the users especially when mobile. The Sheets, Slides, and Docs have gotten more editing tools so you don't just view your files on your phone or tablet. You can also edit and have some work done whenever and wherever.
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