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.
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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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DIY Chrome App Builder launches on the Chrome Web Store

chrome_browser_material_design_app_iconGoogle has launched a unique little tool on the Chrome Web Store that will allow you to quickly create apps for Chrome OS. That may sound a little simpler than it actually is, which is true; all the tool actually does is package up a web link into an easy set of files that can be uploaded as a Chrome app. You’ll still have to have some kind of web page or web app, and that takes more than a little know-how.
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Google confirms that a Chromebook Pixel successor is “coming out soon”

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Consumers preparing to purchase a new laptop may want to wait a bit longer as a formidable Chrome OS device is on its way to the market. At the Team Work 2015 event, Renee Niemi of Google confirmed that the Chromebook Pixel will see a successor. Niemi, who works on the productivity teams for Android and Chrome, noted that the new Chromebook Pixel would launch soon. She did clarify that a limited amount of units will be produced as it is a proof of concept. Employees within the company and developers working with Google receive about 85% of units produced.


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Dell announces new Chromebook 11 aimed at the classroom

dell chromebook 11 1One of the Chromebook’s most successful markets is the classroom, so it makes sense that manufacturers are trying to get a foothold in that sector. The newest device to throw its hat in the ring comes from Dell in the form of a revamped Chromebook 11 designed specifically for use in the classroom.

The original Chromebook 11 was a solid device, but this time around the laptop has been tweaked to cater to students and teachers. The body is completely made out of durable plastic and the trackpad and keyboard are all sealed against spills and damage. The entire laptop has been tested, so it should withstand all kinds of pressures, temperatures, drops, and vibrations, which is absolutely what belongs in a classroom.
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Chromebook Pixel 2 Spotted?

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Hey, remember the Chromebook Pixel? We’re coming up on its second anniversary, and I admit I’ve never seen one in the wild. Being the high-end niche Chromebook that it is, the Pixel isn’t exactly aimed at mainstream consumers, and some might even regard it as a concept device that actually made it to production.

Regardless of how the first edition sold, it appears Google might have a successor in the works, but bear in mind this is a pretty big might, even if the alleged evidence makes a compelling case.


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Smart Lock for Chrome open to all Chrome OS users

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Prior to today, Smart Lock was only available to users of the Chrome OS Dev Channel. Today, that is no more as the feature is open to any and every Chrome OS user (with a Bluetooth connection). Smart Lock allows Android 5.0 Lollipop devices to unlock nearby Chromebooks seamlessly. The Chrome OS device will recognize the user is already signed in on their phone and bypass the lock screen.


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