Citing the movement of users to newer versions of Android and the increasing complexity to support older devices, Google’s Chrome team announced today they will bring development of updates for the Chrome browser on Ice Cream Sandwich to a halt. The change in status for the browser will take place with Chrome’s 42nd release after which the browser will be put in the virtual deep freeze on Ice Cream Sandwich. Users will be able to continue to use Chrome on their devices, but there will be no more updates.
Document Object Model (DOM) Distiller for Chrome is now available for all channels of Chrome, including your Chrome browser on your smartphone or tablet. This feature is basically “reader mode” and it modifies a webpage to bring you the meat-and-potatoes of that page’s content front-and-center.
In a Google+ post, Chrome developer Francois Beaufort talks about the new addition to Chrome, as well as how to enable it on your devices. Click after the break to read the post in its entirety.
When Chrome does not have access to an internet connection, a prehistoric dinosaur placed in a desert-like environment appears. And behind the message proclaiming the lack of an internet connection is a game. Press the space bar and Chrome transforms the static page into an endless running game in which the dinosaur is the playable character. Now, users can play that same mini-game by installing the new Dino Run – Dinosity game. It is an unofficial version of the mini-game for Android devices. Simple tap the display to jump over objects and tap twice to jump even higher. The game tracks high scores, too.
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Dropbox has introduced a new extension for the Chrome browser which allows users to attach file links from Dropbox on new messages composed using Gmail.
Google’s hardworking Chrome team has officially completed Chrome 41 Beta and is prepping it for release.
The Chrome for Android application, available in the Play Store, is being updated to version 40. The update is not an overhaul by any means but it does make some appealing changes with even more Material Design sprinkled throughout. Tapping on a URL will cue a box that contains the option to copy it. Before, users had to manual cut/copy the URL like any other text. On tablets, long-pressing the close button on a tab provides a button to close all tabs. The most welcome addition, though, is how fixed headers work when zooming. Things are less likely to get messy and crowded with everything staying in its place.
As expected, Google is rolling out the update slowly. You can download the update for yourself by hitting the download link below.
Source: OMG! Chrome! [APK Download Link]
Google is shutting down both Chrome to Mobile and “Print to my Phone” early next month. Chrome to Mobile was that browser extension that allowed you to easily send whatever web page you were viewing on your desktop, right to your mobile device. I often found it useful, but Google started Tab Sync a couple of year’s ago that might not be as quick, but is a lot more useful.
Tab Sync shows you every Chrome page that is open on every single device that you have so it’s a lot more versatile. All you need to do is tap on any of those open web pages from your mobile device, and it will open. I stopped using Chrome to Mobile ever since Tab Sync was introduced.
In the newest iteration of Chrome’s Dev channel, you can now share remote access to your Chromebook or PC by using the new Share feature in the Chrome Remote Desktop app. This news was published by François Beaufort, a Google Chrome developer, on Google+ yesterday.
There’s no need to enable anything in chrome://flags, the feature is automatically available inside of the Chrome Remote Desktop app by clicking a large, green Share button. Easy enough!
You’ll need a few things to take advantage of this newest feature, though:
The file manager in Chrome OS is functional, but it’s a little boring. The good news is that it’s going to get a little Material Design love pretty soon.
A number of screenshots are in Google’s official Material Design documentation shows the file manager with a new look. The images could be just examples or they could be for Google Drive, but we can only assume that Google make add some Material Design flare to the file manager since everything will get it eventually and a bug report reveals they are working on it. The new Files icon appears to be ready for Chrome version 42, so Material Design might show up alongside it.
Google has just updated its Hangouts app for both the Chrome and Windows operating systems. This upgrade brings users the facility to receive desktop notifications, as well as the ability to place voice calls via the newly-implemented phone tab. If you have a Google Voice number, you can also send SMS messages to your contacts directly from the desktop app.