Chrome OS update incoming: Files app with Material Design, improved launcher, and more

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Owners of devices running Chrome OS can expect an update to arrive over the next few weeks. The latest update, version 42.0.2311.87, brings various changes ranging from the Files app influenced by Material Design, an improved launcher with Google services, and support for zip files with passwords. Behind the scenes, Google has removed bugs and implemented fixes.

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Chrome OS to get support for Camera RAW files

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The latest promotional video for Chromebooks was all about being ‘for everyone, everywhere’. It has long been said that Chrome OS is far to limited to replace a device with Windows or OS X; however, the operating system has really made strides to become more productive. An update to the Chrome OS Dev Channel introduces support for Camera RAW files. This means that photographers and other editors can play around with images the way in which they were taken.

Now Chrome OS just needs a serious photo editor. Any suggestions that are already available in the Chrome Web Store? Let us know in the comments.

Source: François Beaufort (Google+)

New Chromebook ad shows they are ‘for everyone, everywhere’

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After the recent announcement of new Chrome OS-powered devices, consumers have options on the low-end and high-end to match their needs. There are devices ranging from $149 to more than $1,000. So it makes sense that the latest advertisement for Chromebooks focuses on the devices being ‘for everyone, everywhere.’ The ad shifts through various scenes in which people are using a Chromebook differently. The uses highlight education, photography, editing, entertainment, and more. Some of the brands spotted are not available in the United States which actually shows how easy it is for Chrome OS to go from market to market with ease.

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Acer Chromebase marks company’s entrance into all-in-one PC market

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This is no April Fool’s joke from Acer as the company announced a new Acer Chromebase series of all-in-one computers to join their Chromebook and Chromebox lines. Acer is one of the more active manufacturers in the market for Chrome OS powered devices. They recently launched a 15.6-inch Chromebook, the first to market in that size range. Moves like these have given Acer 36% market share in 2014 for Chromebook devices. Read more

ASUS Chromebit lets you convert any HDMI compatible monitor into a Chrome OS running desktop

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ASUS and Google have just unveiled the Chromebit which is essentially an HDMI dongle that looks like the Chromecast, but has a lot more functionality under the hood. Plugging this device into an HDMI capable monitor will let you experience Chrome OS just like on a Chromebook. Google also announced four new Chromebooks earlier today, including the ASUS Chromebook Flip. Read more

Google Now cards on their way to Chrome Launcher 2.0

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Owners of Chromebooks running the Chrome OS should expect to see a feature from the Android platform make its way over to their devices before much longer. Google has added support for Google search, including Google Now cards, to the next version of their Chrome Launcher 2.0. Testing of the new launcher is rolling out within the next week for users who are on the Chrome OS Beta Channel. Read more

Chrome Remote Desktop available as its own Chrome app

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Being able to remotely manage another device is a valuable feature on any platform. Whether it is for file management or support, plenty of people can take advantage of remote desktop access. Starting today, any device that connects to the Chrome Web Store can go ahead and install the new standalone Chrome Remote Desktop app. It allows for multiple connections and a full-screen mode to allow content to be displayed clearly.

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