Google IO 2015 Coverage

Google commits to updating Chrome for Windows XP users for another 8 months

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Windows. You either love it or you hate it, and if you love it, there’s a roughly 1-in-10 chance that you love it so much you couldn’t bear to move away from Windows XP. An operating system so old that even Microsoft has quit supporting it. Luckily, Google feels different about the 11% of worldwide computers believed to still use Windows XP.  The search giant has announced that it plans to continue supporting the ageing operating system with new builds of its Chrome browser.

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Google’s Chrome Browser update is now live on the Play Store

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Google’s currently in the process of pushing out an update for its official Chrome for Android application via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, the upgrade brings faster web browsing, support for preloading pages in the background, additional Material Design animations and a plethora of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

Hit the break below to see the full changelog.

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Google updates Chrome for Windows with a 64-bit version and support for high-dpi displays

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Until now users of the Windows version of Google Chrome have had to perform registry hacks or other convoluted methods to get the popular browser to support their high resolution displays. A bizarre oversight seeing as its been two years since they brought support to Apple’s high-dpi Retina displays. Thankfully Google have released version 37 of Chrome for Windows bringing support for high-dpi displays, and official (and stable) 64-bit support. If that wasn’t enough they also included support for Microsoft’s DirectWrite technology which smooths out fonts and should make the overall browsing experience less taxing on the eyes.

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YouTube live events now supported by Chromecast via mobile device

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If you were watching a live YouTube broadcast via your computer in the past, you’ve had the ability to push it straight to your Chromecast if you wanted to. But if you wanted to do the same from your mobile device, you were not able to.

But today, Google has updated the feature, now letting you push live events on YouTube straight to the TV screen via Chromecast on your mobile device.

While the feature apparently has been out “a little while ago,” Google hasn’t mentioned it until a post on Google+ today.

Source: +Google Chrome

Middle Earth comes to life in new Google Chrome experiment

middle_earth_google_experimentAll of you Tolkien fans – listen up. There’s a new Chrome experiment that actually brings parts of Middle Earth to life, including the Trollshaw and Dol Guldur. Thanks to Google, we can dive into an interactive map and learn about Hobbit lore that through text, animations and audio. The WebGL-powered games, HTML-5 powered audio and animations, Web Audio API, and CSS3 3D graphics make the whole thing available on your Android device as well.

As you swipe through slides in the story, camera angles change with your finger and characters go across bridges, which makes the whole thing absolutely incredible. Check it out now via the source link.

Source: Google Blog, The Hobbit

Chrome World Wide Maze Turns Any Website Into 3D Game Synced To Your Phone

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Google has released a new experiment called Chrome World Wide Maze which turns any website into a 3D marble maze game. To get started, you’ll need Chrome on your phone (Android 4.0+ required) and sync it to Chrome on your desktop. Once synced, you can choose any website to “play” on. After you’ve picked a website, simply use your phone to control the ball and reach the goal. Chrome World Wide Maze utilizes your phone’s gyroscope to guide the ball and if you don’t want to use your phone, you can always just play on your desktop. Check out the video below to see the game in action.

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Source: Chrome World Wide Maze