Chrome Beta for Android has seen another update, this one bringing it to version 32. It fixes a few known issues, and brings to light a few that still need fixing. Like most updates, it’s incremental, but interesting.
Android 4.4 may be coming to Developers with some curious strings attached. According to a few reports, Android is free to use, but Chrome now requires licensing. The software ships without Chrome for those who haven’t yet licensed it from Google, leaving them to find their own browser, or create one from near scratch.
Android 4.4 Kit Kat added some functionality for the 'OK Google' voice command. Basically, you can now use the command without having to tap the microphone icon. Of course, those using a Moto X have it sightly better thanks to Touchless Controls. But while things are improving on the mobile side, it looks like this setup is also starting to take shape for those with a Chromebook.
Lenovo is aiming for the education market with their latest notebook announcement. The particular notebook is a Chromebook, specifically, the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook and it sports a rugged design. Some of the rugged features include a rubber bumper, reinforced ports to minimize chances of accidental damage and a stronger keyboard that protects the keys from being removed.
Acer rolled out the C720 Chromebook lineup back in October. At the time that meant the C720-2800 which had a price tag of $249.99. Well, flashing forward a little more than a month and there is now a second model in the lineup. This latest is the C720-2848 and it brings a similar set of specs with a lower price point.
Google has just rolled out a double release of the mobile version of its Chrome web browser. While the latest stable version of Chrome for Android contains a variety of stability and bug fixes, the improved Autofill form feature takes this release' spotlight.
Google had said we would be seeing Chromebooks from multiple device manufactures over the coming months. At the time the manufacturer list included Acer and HP as well as ASUS and Toshiba. We have already seen some recent models from Acer and HP, and while Toshiba has been quiet, it looks like ASUS has something planned for early next year.
Retailers everywhere have stopped selling the new HP Chromebook 11, effective immediately. Best Buy store managers were sent a memo which read, in part, “Stores should stop selling the HP Chromebook 11 effective immediately”. This removal from the retail space is widespread, with Amazon and other retailers also pulling the item from their product listings.
Google has rolled out a few changes for Android Developers today, and they could end up making the experience much better for everyone. By offering more cloud solutions for Developers, which allows them to focus more on designing and building great apps, Google takes a lot of the laborious tasks off their hands. Increased language support for Android apps also helps Developers reach a broader audience.