Part of the power of Chrome on the desktop are the extensions that add to the functionality of the platform. Google made it possible for the extensions to sync across devices so users have the same tools available to them whether on a work computer or a home computer. One shortcoming surfaces as soon as a user opens Chrome on their mobile device. Although accounts and bookmarks will sync to the mobile version of the browser, extensions do not and the Chrome team says this is not expected to change. Read more
The Chrome browser is a most versatile piece of software, one can find an extension to satisfy almost any need via the Chrome Web Store. Because of its rising popularity though, Google was forced to take the step of disabling the side-loading of extensions for Windows users in May of last year. Following on from that, Google has just announced on its blog that from July onwards, both Mac and Windows users will only be able to install extensions for its web browser directly from the official Chrome Web Store.
Ever ready to listen to user feedback and then ponder whether or not to include said feedback in subsequent product releases, Google announced today a new Chrome User Experience Surveys extension that collects user experience data on Chrome. So it’s not just a clever name.
Those of you that like to always have something new before anyone else will be excited to know that Google has released the Dev channel version of Chrome for Android.
The Dev channel has always been available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and ChromeOS, but now Android users can finally get in on the fun.
Google has released a new, open source Chrome extension to help keep users a little safer from phishing attacks. The new Password Alert extension, which works with both regular Google accounts as well as Google Apps accounts, will notify a user if they have entered their Google password into any site other than an authentic Google sign-in page located at accounts.google.com. Read more
Google has announced the release of Chrome Beta 43 for Android, which supposedly brings some hefty performance improvements to the mobile browser. One of the most common complaints leveraged at Google’s browser is how sluggish it can, so any improvement there is a good thing.
Not only will overall performance improve, but Google has made checking out with Google Wallet even quicker. Personally, I tend to use apps for any kind of purchasing, not the browser on my phone, but some of you may prefer to get it all done within the browser. If you’re one of those users, you’ll definitely appreciate this update. Read more
Google’s Chrome team has released an update to the Beta channel, Chrome 43, with support for MIDI devices, a new Permissions API, and a host of other changes and improvements. The new Web MIDI API included in Chrome 43 means users can make use of connected MIDI devices when accessing an online resource. MIDI devices include things like synthesizers, keyboards, DJ decks and drum machines amongst others. With the update, once a user plugs one of these devices into their system, even an Android tablet or smartphone, the device will be able to communicate with web sites without any additional work by the user to load software or drivers. Read more
Google has updated the Chrome application to version 42, bringing a couple new features and some performance improvements. Read more
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.
Google’s Chrome Android app currently has a feature that lets you create pseudo-app shortcuts to your favorite web sites right on your home screen, but it’s tucked away in the overflow menu of the app. While it’s a useful feature, it’s not used as often as it could be because of that. Google plans on fixing that by adding an “add to home screen” banner to websites in the near future, promoting the feature to users and potentially increasing traffic to those sites. Read more