Chrome code freeze
Google won’t be updating its Chrome browser past version 42 for older Android devices, so it can better focus on its mobile…
So long SPDY
After using its own protocol for several years to speed up the web, Google is dropping support for it and adopting a standard…
Only 1.3 million left to port
Chromebook users have gotten a few more native Android apps to play with: Google has officially brought six additional Android apps to…
quicker access to new info
I’ve long been a fan of the “pull to refresh” gesture used on mobile apps and now you can find it Chrome…
If you’re searching Google on Chrome for Android, you might (or might not) notice that you’re receiving search results a little faster than…
Most settings for Android 5.0 are in the…. Settings. But not this one. Overview mode, which shows you all of your running apps and open tabs, can actually be altered by a single setting in the Chrome browser for Lollipop.
Pushbullet was already helpful to push links or files between an Android phone and a computer or Chromebook. Now you can start text conversations from Pushbullet with the messages routed through your Android smartphone.
News of a single person in charge of engineering for Google’s Chrome and Android platforms suggest to some that the two will merge in the future. Hasn’t that already been happening for the past two or more years?
Converting Android apps to run on Chrome isn’t difficult but it can be cumbersome and does require a computer. Now, a new Android app takes care of the process for you so you can run other Android apps on Chromebooks or computers with Chrome.
What started as an effort to get the first four Android apps to run on Chromebooks quickly turned into a way to get nearly any Android software on them. And now a similar technique can be used to run Android apps on PCs or Macs.
With the latest Chrome beta for Android, you can easily do a web search on any highlighted content, just like you can on the desktop. You’ll need to enable this experimental feature though: Here’s what it looks like and how to activate it.
In Chromium, you can now get plenty of app information with a simple right click. Tune in to this week’s Chrome Show to hear how, along with news of the HP Chromebox, which is finally available to purchase.
Google’s Chrome OS has used the Ash window manager for nearly two years and it’s not well optimized for touch. References to Project Athena suggest a new interface is in the works and it could be used for a Chrome OS tablet.
Microsoft continues its cross-platform focus with a OneNote Clipper extension for the Chrome browser and Chrome OS devices, turning OneNote into Microsoft’s poster child for gathering data regardless of what device or platform you use.
One of the best features on the $279 HP Chromebook 11 won’t be on its successor. Goodbye great IPS panel and hello lower quality screen with poor viewing angles. The upcoming new model is also thicker, heavier and uses the same old processor as before.
Oops, did you just close a browser tab on your phone by accident? No worries, because you can get it back quickly with a new feature in the Chrome Beta for Android.
After product pages appeared last week, Samsung today opened up U.S. pre-orders for both of its Chromebook 2 devices. Expect a wait, however as they won’t ship for at least 14 business days.
Chrome is now telling you exactly which of its tabs is playing audio – but how does the browser actually know this?
Amid many other third-party options, Google is planning an app that remotely controls your computer from an iOS device. Will you use it or is this another chance to spurn Google from your iPad or iPhone?
Version 32 of the Chrome beta browser brings goodies both to the desktop and to Android devices. Gone is double-tap zoom on Android and so too is the 300 millisecond delay after every tap. Chrome on the desktop gains animated WebP image support.
Web apps get a little more special in the newest Chrome beta for Android: They can be installed directly to the home screen, open up on full-screen mode and appear alongside native apps in the multitasking app switcher
Got a camera that can take photos in the preferred RAW image format? You may not need special software to edit them. These can be uploaded directly to Google+ where they’ll be converted to JPG for online edits in the browser.
Snapseed integration in Google+ photo editing isn’t just some fancy web programming; the implementation takes advantage of Google Chrome technologies that will help the browser continue to mature as a platform with apps of its own.
Don’t have a touchscreen computer? You’re not necessarily stuck using a mouse, touchpad or keyboard to browse the web. Add a Leap Motion controller and a Chrome extension to browse the web with air gestures on any computer.
Surprised that Google has launched apps “For your desktop” on Windows? You shouldn’t be. This strategy has been unfolding for months as Google is looking to boost engagement through its Chrome platform on Windows, Mac and Linux desktops.
Google’s Sundar Pichai hosted breakfast for the tech media Wednesday morning in San Francisco, and showed off the Chromecast, a new Web-to-TV device, and a new version of the Nexus 7. Here’s how it unfolded.
Third party apps to remotely control a computer from an Android device already exist, but Google is working its own. The software will work with devices running the Google Chrome browser, tying the two platforms together even more.
Is iTunes not your media player of choice? No problem: You may have another option soon only this one will be in the browser. Google has added iTunes as a default destination for local media files usable by Chrome.
All of the nifty features I’ve been using on the developer channel of Chrome OS are now available to the risk averse: Google updated the Chrome OS Beta channel. Here’s why it makes the experience better.
Voice search will be available as part of an update to Chrome for iOS “in the coming days,” Google announced Wednesday. It’s yet another part of Google’s broader effort to create a layer on top of its chief competitor’s mobile OS.
Are you ready for Google to take over the desktop? You’d better be if you use Chrome. With it, Google is making a play to rule the computing world as a back door to a new app economy.
Despite myths of Chrome OS as only running web apps, there is now software that can be installed and used offline on a Chromebook. This particular game supports an Xbox 360 controller too. Get ready for the second coming of Chrome OS.
Google is helping third-party iOS app makers send their users to Chrome instead of the default Safari browser. It’s yet another step in the company finding ways to reach its users on Apple’s own platform.
Google has long been pushing for more offline and even native-like apps for Chrome OS and the Chrome browser. Now it’s taking the next step: Highlighting these Packaged Apps in the Chrome Web Store.
Google prepped developers on how to create rich, actionable notifications in Chrome for web apps back in February. Now, the supporting code is in the browser for Windows and Chrome OS devices. Is Google Now next?
The wait is over for Google’s Chromebook Pixel with LTE: According to the Google Play store, April 8 is the date of shipment for the LTE model. Here’s a look at the LTE pricing options.
Google’s Chromebook Pixel with touchsceen is to some, “just a browser” but no real apps. Now that Google has replaced the leader of Android with Sundar Pichai, SVP of Chrome and Apps for Google, Android apps on Chrome OS could become reality.
Sundar Pichai, SVP of Google Chrome and Apps, will now head up the company’s mobile operating system, the company announced unexpectedly on Wednesday. Rubin will take on a new yet-to-be-explained role within Google.
Google turned on data compression features this week, helping Chrome Beta for Android surf the web faster while cutting down on wireless use. How much is it saving you? This little command will show you.
Experimental code found earlier this week has found its way into the Chrome Beta for Android app. With a simple tweak it should speed up your browsing experience while using less wireless data at the same time.
Google’s Chrome browser is will appear on Apple’s iOS devices this quarter suggests Macquarie (USA) Equities Research, reducing the payments that Google makes to Apple for search results in Safari. That sounds great but Apple’s third-party browser limitations will surely minimize any benefits for Google.
Google’s Chrome browser for Android is still in beta, yet it keeps improving quickly; the latest update is now available. The browser, only supported on Android 4.0 smartphones and tablets, gains support for 31 additional languages and adds new features making a great browser even better.
After two weeks of using the Asus Transformer Prime, I’m convinced that it’s best large Android tablet available today for several reasons. Android 4.0 devices all got a better browser this week, thanks to the Chrome beta. Meanwhile HTC announced its Android 4.0 upgrade plans.
For years, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) watchers have wondered why the company has used a unique browser on its Android software while maintaining a…
A new beta of social browser RockMelt has been released, including better chat and Twitter apps. Perhaps the most interesting development, however, is the new Instapaper-like “View Later” stream, which allows users to easily save web pages for later viewing.
Google’s decision earlier this week to ditch support for the dominant web video codec, H.264, in its Chrome browser unleashed a fair bit of…
Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has essentially declared war against the web’s dominant video format, announcing in a blog post today that Chrome will p…
We received over 1,000 comments from readers in our Chrome OS CR-48 giveaway, and as promised, we randomly chose five winners. Everyone’s a winner really, because GigaOM readers left a number of insightful comments about Google’s new browser-based computer and its chances of future success.
Last week Google showed off its progress on Chrome OS, introducing an apps store in support of it and offering a pre-release hardware trial program. But making Chrome OS what CEO Eric Schmidt calls a “viable third choice” in operating systems looks doomed.
Google has a few extra CR-48 notebooks with the Chrome OS for us and instead of arming our office with cloud computers, we’re giving them to readers! We have five CR-48’s, so leave a comment here if you want one. Don’t wait – entries close tomorrow night!
Google announced a program for Chrome OS yesterday, and it’s clear they mean business as the company has taken delivery of 60,000 of the notebooks. The Cr-48 Chrome notebook that Google demonstrated will be sent to chosen applicants to test Chrome OS on the unbranded notebook.
While Google moves onto Apple’s turf by launching a Chrome OS store for apps, many of which cost money and only work properly if they run in Google’s browser, some companies such as Twitter are instead spending their time and resources making their websites more app-like.
Google pulled the curtain back further still on Chrome OS at its event today. Chrome OS takes many cues from Google’s success with its Android mobile operating system, so don’t be surprised if it leads to more competition for Apple’s platforms and products.
Google’s future computing vision appears focused on Chrome OS devices, but is it really about the hardware? The physical device actually matters less as Google divests our personal data, preferences and even apps from the hardware, placing the “soul” of our computing experience in the cloud.
The Google announcement today put the upcoming Chrome OS in the spotlight as an OS based on the Chrome web browser, aimed at replacing legacy desktop systems. Systems with Chrome OS won’t hit the market until mid-2011, but web operating system Jolicloud is available now.
Google is shipping a surprise with its upcoming Chrome OS notebooks: free cellular data. Google is teaming with Verizon to offer 100 MB of free data every month for two years on the upcoming devices. This should appeal to consumers interested in checking out Chrome OS.
TinEye Reverse Image Search is a service that can search for similar images on the web. Give it a source URL and it’ll return where that image came from, if modified versions of the image exist or (usefully) if there is a higher resolution version available.
When I hear from the folks at Springpad about changes to the service, I always read with interest. Even as my usage has waned, I really have always been very impressed with the service, and the possibilities of what it could become.
optimizeLegibility is a CSS declaration that improves the handling of kerning pairs and ligatures in the browsers that support it; it makes text easier to read by spacing the letters correctly. It makes quite a bit of difference, particularly on larger fonts:
If you have a critical project that you absolutely must get done and you’re finding it hard to concentrate, a distraction-blocking tool like StayFocusd might be useful. It’s a Chrome extension that you can use to limit the time you spend on distracting websites.
I’m always looking for images to use in blog posts, and am tired of having to open a new tab just to trawl through photos, which is why I was happy to discover Flickr Image Search. It’s a basic Chrome extension that provides on-the-fly Flickr search.
Google dominated the technology conversation last week with its annual developer conference, Google I/O, the focus of the which was the Android OS and the mobile ecosystem it’s spawned. Chrome, meanwhile, appeared to have become little more than an afterthought for the company.
A common problem on the web, according to Google (NSDQ: GOOG) VP of product management Sundar Pichai: Finding “great” web apps. “Let’s try t…
Instachrome is a nifty third-party extension that adds support for Instapaper — a service that allows you to save web pages to read later — to Chrome. It quickly lets you save the current page and check out your Instapaper items.
I’m gradually transitioning to the the ultra-speedy Chrome as my browser of choice. Although Chrome can’t yet match Firefox’s huge extension ecosystem, many of my favorite “must-have” Firefox add-ons are are now available for Chrome, or at least have Chrome equivalents.
One of the best things about using a touch-optimized Tablet PC is the ability to surf the web by touch. That’s if the browser supports it, of course. The Chrome extension chromeTouch turns that browser into the best browser on a touch Tablet bar none.
While word processing software mostly comes with word counting functionality built in, the same can’t be said of browsers — and having to copy and paste text from a browser to a word processor just to get a word count is annoying.
In Chrome, the extension that I’m currently using to handle deciphering shortened links is called View Thru, which can handle links shortened by bit.ly, cli.gs, ff.im, goo.gl, is.gd, nyti.ms, ow.ly, post.ly, su.pr and tinyurl.com.
Historically I have always been a loyal Safari (s aapl) user. Sure, I’ve flirted with Firefox occasionally, but I always came back…
Since you liked our list of 10 must-have Google Chrome extensions so much, and seeing as Google (s goog) today released a stable version of Chrome that includes extensions, I’ve decided to share another 10-pack of useful extensions.
Admittedly, I’m eagerly anticipating Google’s Chrome OS (s goog) later this year. In fact, I couldn’t wait that long, so I installed…
Eyes are looking toward Apple (s aapl) and the expected tablet announcement that has everyone all a-twitter (except Twitter folks as it’s…
With 2009 coming to an end, it is not surprising that everyone (including me) has predictions about what 2010 will bring. So instead, four of us — Liz, Stacey, Sebastian and I — have put together a wish list of seven things we hope come true in 2010.
While much has been made of Google’s Chrome OS and its potential, the adaptability of the Android OS is what makes it more disruptive than its shinier smartbook-oriented cousin Chrome. Its appeal to everyone from chipmakers to serial entreprenuers will be seen at CES.
While Chrome can’t yet match Firefox’s massive extension ecosystem, more useful extensions are becoming available for Google’s browser every day. Here are 10 outstanding extensions for the new Google Chrome user.
Earlier this month, we covered six early extensions for Google’s Chrome browser, just after Google launched its online Extensions Gallery. Since then, the number of extensions has ballooned. If you use Chrome, here are a few add-ons that Google and Chrome users are highlighting.
On the heels of delivery of Mac and Linux beta versions of the open-source Chrome browser, Google is out with its Chrome Extensions Gallery. Here are six of them that can help you get much more out of Chrome.
[show=thevetala size=large]So, how’s your knowledge of Sanskrit mythology? Yeah, me neither. But don’t assume that’s a hindrance to enjoying the independently produced…
Google’s Chrome browser is fast, small, and “nearly” perfect. Using the same Webkit rendering engine as Safari, and its own custom V8…
Google last week took the wraps off its brand-new lightweight operating system, Chrome OS. Optimized to work with web apps, it makes…
Google’s (s goog) Chrome Browser was released to the public as a beta version for Microsoft (s msft) Windows in September 2008,…
Google is a success story like few others. A small company had good technology that became the de facto standard for web searching, and it was savvy enough to make a successful business model to leverage it. Google’s portfolio has grown substantially over the few years it has been operating, and it has been successful in most ventures it has undertaken.
A little over a year ago, the company entered the web browser game, a logical move for a totally web-based company. Google Chrome has not set the world on fire, but the big development effort has seen Chrome advance in capability at a rapid pace. Now, Google has taken the step to merge the cloud app business with the browser, and recently showed off its Chrome OS. Here’s a look at what it is and what to expect in the months ahead.
Google (s goog) continues to pursue its ambitious Chrome agenda, confirming it will release a beta version of the Chrome browser for…
Many of us spend more time in our browsers than we do with some of the most important people in our lives,…
The Google Chrome (s goog) browser has been in existence for a little over a year now, and has close to three…
Count me among the skeptics who see Google’s (s goog) Chrome OS announcement this week as, first and foremost, an effort to…
Google’s (s GOOG) Chrome OS has added a very interesting wrinkle to the future of online gaming. As we reported back in…
People have been talking about a Google OS for years; I even wrote a post for GigaOM Pro recently speculating on a…
Google’s Chrome OS may or may not make it, but the attempt shows how far the computer industry has come from a bulky PC chained to a desk by its power cord and Ethernet cable. The computer is evolving from those dinosaurs to a smaller, mobile model that is always connected to the web. The iPhone brought us apps that are lightweight so users don’t get bogged down by smaller processors and slower wireless web connections on mobile devices. Google’s Chrome OS attempts to keep that speed, while preserving a platform for Google to make money through advertising.
*Google* doesn’t really advertise its products — its business is to get other people to advertise theirs. So when the company takes the tim…
Apparently people still download Real Player, because Google (s goog) is choosing to bundle its Google Chrome browser with the multimedia player.…
DownloadSquad has a short item today on QTWeb, an open source Windows browser based on the WebKit rendering engine (also found in…
Have you been using Google’s open source Chrome browser? If you’re like me, you use it some of the time, and take…
We’re not going to follow this manically but it’s worth checking in on how much-hyped Google Chrome is doing since its Sept. 2 launch. Net A…
Google’s (NSDQ: GOOG) new Chrome web browser is already gaining respectable traction, just a week after its unveiling. Telegraph.co.uk commu…
With all the hype and excitement surrounding the release of Google Chrome yesterday, I, like so many, was eager to try the browser out for myself. What I didn’t expect was the overwhelming sense of déjà vu it would trigger in me.
Google (NSDQ: GOOG) co-founder Sergey Brin told CNET that he expects the company
The much anticipated Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Chrome (ok, only since noon yesterday) has launched. Simple installation, and ability to allow sett…
It was nearly a decade ago when a then-young Marc Andreessen, the wunderboy founder of Netscape Communications, first talked about the concept of the browser pushing the operating system into the background. With the release of Google’s experimental browser, Chrome, we have come full circle.
Several years after it was first expected, Google joins the browser wars today in its own name after participating primarily as the default…
Update: Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has posted about the new browser on its official blog, and it has posted the comic-book describing the browser o…
There have been persistent – and reasonably credible – rumors that Google was going to release its own browser. Now, thanks to…
I’ve known for some time that I have terrible posture when working at the computer. If I ever forget that, my neck…