As we approach the holiday travel season, Google has updated Google Flights to help all of us get the best prices on flights for the routes we are interested in. From showing likely increases in prices to recommendations on alternate airports or dates, these are new features you are going to want to explore. (more…)
Google is introducing ways for people on slower data connections to better enjoy the Chrome mobile experience, as well as a Google News update. For Chrome, the changes are rather prominent, with the highlights being changes for downloads, Data Saver, and content discovery, while News is getting a new Lite mode. (more…)
Holy title. Apologies for that, but there is a lot to talk about when it comes to the potential future of Android and Chrome OS, thanks to numerous reports that surfaced over the weekend while the rest of us were on vacation, relaxing, consuming a half-dozen growlers of fresh hop IPA, and unplugging like all should do on weekends. Let’s catch up.
To start, we will need to take you back to October 2015 to a report from the Wall Street Journal that claimed Google was working on folding Chrome OS into Android to create a single operating system. The report suggested that Google had been working for at least two years on making this move happen, but they still wouldn’t be ready to bring it to stable until some time in 2017 after showing it off to the world in 2016. (more…)
Google Play and Android apps moved a step closer to a broader release to more devices today, thanks to a graduation of the Google Play beta experience to Chrome OS stable. Wait, did that make sense? What I’m saying is that Chrome OS stable (v53.0.2785.129) now has access to Google Play and Android apps, though only on two devices at the moment. Still, we’re making progress! (more…)
With the launch of Chrome 53, Google is bringing improvements in battery performance and overall speed to everyone. Shown off in a video of Chrome 53 running against Chrome 46, the machine running Chrome 53 lasts 2+ hours longer while streaming videos, confirming the browser’s upgrades in the battery performance department. (more…)
Casting through Chrome on your desktop is now a built-in feature that no longer requires you to install a third party extension or perform much setup. Google announced the news today through the Chrome blog, noting that Google Cast is “now built fully into Chrome.” (more…)
An update for the Hangouts extension on Chrome is inbound, one that Google states is pretty much required to use. On August 31, the update will go live via the Chrome Store, and for new users, the updated version will be the default Hangouts “experience” they must use. However, for existing users, they can choose to not update to the new experience, at least until Google forces them to on October 16.
So, what is in this new experience that makes it required to use? According to Google’s rather short post, “the new experience brings together multiple chat windows into one and makes it easier to see more chat content.” For anyone using the current Hangouts extension, this is essentially what we have already been using. Instead of multiple little chat windows, all of Hangouts will remain in one window, with users still able to pop-out a chat if they wish. (more…)
The original Chromebook Pixel launched with a bit of fanfare on Google’s part, but as we saw with the launch of the second Chromebook Pixel, the company didn’t do anything special – the device was made available on the Google Store with no real celebration or unveiling event, likely because normal consumers are not concerned about $1K+ Chrome OS laptops.
If you think about it, I would argue that Chromebook devices don’t deserve any type of unveiling event or fanfare, but now with Android app support hitting the developer channel, that pretty much changes the way we discuss Chromebook devices. It also makes us very excited about the possibility of a Chromebook Pixel 3, one designed by Google with Android app support specifically in mind. (more…)