The crew over at reddit found an interesting set of screenshots in an Android related issue over at the Chromium bug tracker. Are you seeing the goodies in the image above? There are a couple of things that should immediately stand out. If not, there are more below.
Note: Before I could even get this posted, Google removed the issue thread for this bug.
First, is that an “L” in the notification bar showing that the phone is plugged in with USB debugging enabled? If it is, then this would be the first time we are seeing a device running the “L” version of Android, which has not yet been announced by Google. If you’ll remember, Kit Kat devices showed a “K” or a key lime pie for USB debugging up until Android 4.4 was officially announced, which then caused the switch over to the Kit Kat bar icon. (more…)
Shady, third party YouTube downloaders, your run has come to an end (sort of). Google announced today that it will begin shutting down Chrome extensions that were installed outside of the Chrome Web Store (CWS). They also announced that going forward, users can only install extensions that are hosted on the CWS. At this time, this new change seems to only affect Windows users. (more…)
Back in April, Chrome Beta for Android received an update that introduced what has become one of my favorite features in the mobile browser – an undo button for closed tabs. That feature has finally made its way to Chrome stable, thanks to build 35.0.1916.122 that is rolling out today. Now, when you accidentally close a tab or close one before realizing that you need back into it, you can do so with a pop-up undo button.
The update also brings fullscreen video with subtitles and HTML5 controls, support for some multi-window devices, and support for casting “some” videos with Chromecast.
Grab it on Google Play. (more…)
Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop is now out of beta, available for all on Google Play to download. The app and Chrome extension allows users to securely access their computers via an Android device, much like other third party software that has been available for years. (more…)
In a move which breaks Google’s usual Wednesday update ritual, we are seeing an update this afternoon to the Chrome Beta app with a couple of feature enhancements.
The first feature on the changelog is the ability to undo closing a tab, which may be quite the addition for a few users out there. We also have support for fullscreen video with Subtitles and HTML5 controls, the ability to use Chrome with “some multi-window devices,” and support for casting “some” videos with Chromecast. Most certainly another notch in the HDMI dongle’s belt. (more…)
According to a lucky reader of ours, Google opened up a beta test for its Chrome Remote Desktop app on Android within the last few days. The beta is invite only at this time, with invites rolling out to those who “expressed interest” in helping Chrome improve their remote desktop client. Like the Chrome extension, this app does indeed give you remote access to your desktop computers, only this time through Android devices (both phones and tablets). (more…)
The best April Fools’ pranks from Google are the ones that you can actually participate in. (Anyone remember 8-bit Google Maps?) Thanks to today’s shenanigans, you can add Emoji translate for Chrome to the short list of awesome, over-the-top, pranks that are best enjoyed with user participation.
As the Chrome team explains it, using Chrome on Android or iOS today will allow you to translate the web “using efficient and emotive illustrations, instead of cumbersome text.” Damn, text. So cumbersome. Like the brilliant Egyptians, your world can be read through pictures and symbols that cut out all of the fluff.
To check out how Chrome translates the web into emoji, be sure you have the latest version of Chrome (beta works too). Tap the menu button and choose “Translate to Emoji.” (more…)
Back in February, Google Now was rolled out to desktop Chrome Beta browser users, but now, it’s being shipped to everyone. With Google Now on your desktop, users have access to the same exact cards as they do on their mobile devices, including flights, shipping notices, sports scores, and so much more. (more…)