Google announced today some new features that are being added to the Chrome browser on both the desktop and in the Android version of the browser. On the desktop, Google has added a new menu item in the right-click popup menu that will let users “Search Google for this image.” Users could already search by image via the image results page. This change makes it much easier for users to access that functionality and they will be able to initiate the search from any web site. » Read the rest
Google’s at it again with yet another Chrome Experiment, allowing you to connect your mobile Chrome browser to your desktop Chrome browser quickly, seamlessly, and yes, awesomely.
This game, known as “World Wide Maze,” lets you roll around on your favorite websites (latitudinally), as if it were a maze. The game is pretty sick, I must say, and you should definitely go ahead and give it a try.
Source: World Wide Maze
Yesterday was not only Chrome’s 5th birthday, but more importantly, it was the launch of the first native Chrome apps. It is these apps that could drive the Chrome OS into being a true daily driver for many rather than something to dabble with. We have also heard that Chrome and Android will remain separate, but there will probably be more of an overlap in the future.
It is possible that Google could bring these Chrome desktop apps to Android soon. They didn’t say it specifically, but Rahul Roy-Chowdhury, a project manager overseeing the Chrome Apps project said this…
I can’t believe that today is already Chrome’s 5th birthday, and to celebrate, Google is launching a “new breed of apps.” These apps are similar to what you would expect when you download an app on your smartphone or Windows desktop. This means more functionality such as working offline, better notifications, and sandboxing.
They are also introducing a Chrome App Launcher for Windows. It will reside in your taskbar and it launches these desktop apps in their own windows, just like other Windows desktop apps. It even includes a search box.
To download these desktop apps, go to the “For your desktop” collection in the Chrome Web Store. Some of these new apps include Pixlr Touch Up, Wunderlist, and a game called Cracking Sands. But there are many more. Hit the break for the full list of features.
Good news for you Chrome Beta users out there as the fine browser’s development team has announced a major overhaul of the popular browser, which should make more than a few of you out there very happy. Right off the bat, Google has included some new image search functionality— users can now press on an image and then have the option to search for that particular image within the default search provider (presumably Google). Additionally, the Chrome team went ahead and included some pretty slick gestures that allow the switching of tabs to be even more seamless and smooth. Users will now have the option of swiping horizontally across the top toolbar to quickly switch tabs or drag vertically down from the toolbar to enter into the tab switcher view. So yes friends— it appears that life just gotten a little better for us Chrome users, right?
The new features are available in the latest beta now, though there’s no word on when a full rollout will hit the masses just yet. Here’s hoping we’ll see everything available for the rest of the Android world sooner than later.
source: Chrome Blog
Google’s Chrome Beta for Android browser recently got an update, but we didn’t know that they had sneaked in a redesigned new tab page. You have to look for it, but once you find it it’s pretty neat. If you type chrome://flags into your URL bar in the newest version of Chrome Beta for Android, and tap the “Enable the NTP” option, you’ll get the above page every time you open a new tab once you restart the browser.
The new page features a large Google logo, with a search box and a voice-command icon. In addition, your most visited pages are at the bottom, along with shortcuts for “Bookmarks” and “Other devices.”
There are plenty of ways to access your desktop browser from your mobile device, but most don’t even get to that point because the thought of setting up a server and get it running on your desktop is too overwhelming of a procedure. Although it isn’t too hard, many don’t want to mess around with it either because it’s too confusing or for whatever other reason they may have.
However, the Chromium team is working on an Android version of their already popular “Chrome Remote Desktop” for desktop Chrome browsers, using your Google account and Chrome browser’s ability to sync. (This will give you the ability to access your desktop directly through your Android device’s Chrome browser.) Although it may be a while before it’s available and fully functional, it’s certainly a great start to something that can be an extremely powerful tool for Android.
The Chrome team posted a blog post on the official Chrome blog earlier today announcing the stable release of Chrome 28 for Android. Some of the new features include auto-detect Google Translate, fullscreen on tablets, new UI for RTL languages, and a whole bunch of stability and performance fixes. This is all part of Google’s effort to make their mobile browser just as full in terms of features as the desktop version. Check out the press release below for the full story.
Chrome for Android UpdateThe Chrome team is excited to announce the promotion of Chrome 28 to the Stable channel. Chrome for Android 28.0.1500.64 contains a number of new features including:
- Google Translate – When reading web pages in other languages, Chrome will automatically detect and offer to translate them to your language
- Fullscreen on tablets – Similar to phones, simply scroll down the page and the toolbar will disappear.
- New user interface for right-to-left (RTL) languages – An optimized interface for RTL languages including Arabic, Farsi, and Hebrew
- Plenty of stability and performance fixes
A partial list of changes in this build is available in the SVN revision log. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug. More information about Chrome for Android is available on theChrome site.
If you are one of those users that really likes the Google Now app on your smartphone or tablet, you will probably be happy to know that Google is bringing the technology to their Chrome browser and Chrome OS. The two pieces of software have had a flag for several weeks to enable Google Now in the developer editions, but there were no servers available for a connection. Google apparently is making progress on turning on the feature and has lit up some servers as users now get a notification that asks whether they want to enable Google Now Cards. The feature is present in the Chrome browser on OS X 10.8 and Windows 8. By incorporating Google Now cards into the Chrome browser, Google may be able to expand awareness of the technology to users beyond those with the most recent Android devices.
In addition to the presence of Google Now cards, it looks like Google has improved the control panel for setting notification preferences for web apps and extensions a user may have installed. Joining Google Now in these settings are Google+ Photos, Google Documents, Google Drive, Google Calendar, Gmail, HootSuite, NYTimes, Scratchpad, Seesmic, and TweetDeck among others.
What do you think? Are Google Now Cards something you would welcome on your desktop or will it be too much information?
Google sure loves to give their users that good old nostalgic feeling pretty often don’t they? This time it’s classic Pong in the form of Cube Slam. The Chrome team always finds nice and fun ways to have their users test out Chrome with these fun old-style games. The game can use your webcam to take a picture and can be used as your avatar/backdrop and vise-versa if you’re playing against a friend. Controls are simple as it’s just classic Pong. Hit the break for a video and let us know your experience with it.