Video: Android 5.0 Feature – Chrome Tabs Become a Part of the App Switcher

When you first boot a device running Android 5.0 “Lollipop” and open Chrome Beta, a pop-up will introduce you to the idea that your Chrome Beta tabs will now be a part of the app switcher UI. That might sound cool on the surface, but unfortunately, the implementation isn’t great yet. Thankfully, you can easily turn this feature on or off until Google (hopefully) adds back some of the functionality that goes missing with this option turned on. Let’s talk about how this all works.  (more…)

New Hangouts Chrome App With Floating, Bubbly Interface Arrives – For Windows and Chrome OS

Google released what appears to be a really attractive new Hangouts app for Windows and Chrome OS this morning. Sorry Mac OS X users, you got left out this time.

It floats your conversations to the side of your desktop in bubbles, sort of like Facebook’s Chat Heads, keeping them out of the way, but also easily accessible. You will have easy access to your full contact list or currently running conversations with notifications and syncing across all platforms. The app even has full video and voice calling features, all of which is available from your desktop.

Looks neat – wish I could test it myself. Have fun, Windows and Chrome OS users!  (more…)

Material Design Updates and Support for New APIs Come to Chrome Stable

Not everyone prefers to live on the bleeding edge. That is why Chrome users who favor reliability over experimental changes undergo a waiting period of a few weeks until said changes can be incorporated safely.

Well, the waiting may not have been worth it this time. An update bumps Chrome for Android up to version 38, but perceptible changes are few. (more…)

Chrome Beta Play Listing Shows New Android L Status Icons, New Material Design Keyboard Skin

An update was pushed to Chrome Beta on Android this morning, but the real story here might be the new screenshots that Google included alongside it. The screenshots are clearly taken from a tablet running Android L, only this build of Android L has some noticeable tweaks that we are not currently found in the Android L preview.  (more…)

Tip: Send SMS and MMS in Gmail or the Chrome Hangouts Extension Using Your Google Voice Number

With the Google Voice and Hangouts merger in full swing (again), most of you who use a combination of the service are now noticing an added benefit – SMS and MMS through both Gmail and the Chrome extension for Hangouts. If you have a Google Voice number that has now been associated with Hangouts, you can choose to send an SMS to contacts, assuming you have attached a number to their contact information.  (more…)

Chrome Stable for Android Gets Its Material Design Update

Google Chrome stable for Android received an update to build 37.0.2062.117, which will forever be known as the app’s initial Material Design update. This is a similar update to the version released to Chrome Beta back in July

With Material Design helping its looks, you will see new animations while opening the menu or tapping in the Google Search box on a new tab page. You will see a lot more white, new Incognito page,  and more. Everything has been simplified in appearance, yet still has the full Chrome feature list.  (more…)

Chrome Beta for Android Update Finally Brings Back Number Count for Tabs

Remember when Google introduced a Material Design make-over to Chrome Beta back in July? The update was pretty awesome for the most part. But for the purists (or detail obsessive types), a certain minor-yet-critical feature was missing – a tab count on the tab shortcut button. You know, the little button next to the top menu that tells you how many tabs you currently have open? For whatever reason, in the July update, the button became an empty box without that ever-so-useful tab count.  (more…)