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.
If you’re running Windows on your computer, you’re in luck.
In Google’s most recent beta version of Chrome, the browser added 64-bit support. The support had been previously available in the Canary and developer editions of the browser, but it was a bit buggy.
Now, the capability is pretty solid (of course there will be a few hiccups), but this is the closest we’ve been to a stable 64-bit browser from Google. If you’re interested in getting the beta release, just head to the source link.
Source: Google Chrome
Earlier today, Google announced on its Twitter account that it has added 21 new countries to its list of supported countries for the Google Play Movies. The complete list of new countries is shown below and together with the new additions brings the service’s availability to a total of up to 90 countries globally.
Check out the list of newly supported countries right after the break.
VUDU has announced they will be adding support for Chromecast to their service enabling casting from Android, iOS, PCs and Macs. According to their blog post, support for VUDU on Chromecast will be enabled via the Chrome browser on computers while the mobile device apps will be updated to add the capability.
VUDU says they are currently accepting registrations for people who want to be part of the beta testing program for the new feature. It does require a new sign-up separate from a user’s regular VUDU account. You can hit the source link for instructions on how to sign up if you are interested.
One of the main criticisms of the Galaxy Gear at launch was that it was only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1.
Now, Samsung has begun adding support for the device to many other phones in the United States. The support will come via software update, which will soon come to the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II, and the Galaxy S III.
For some, the software update will come today, but it should go out to everyone over the coming weeks depending on exact model and carrier.
What’s that? You’re tired of the content from YouTube, Netflix, and Google Play on your Chromecast already? While I don’t think that’s possible, especially in a week’s time, have no fear! Vimeo and Redbox Instant have been confirmed to be working on adding support for Chromecast.
This move will surely cause Chromecast to be unavailable online for even more time, as the demand for the device has skyrocketed since its initial announcement last week.
Other media sources, such as Vimeo, Plex, HBO Go, Pandora, AOL, Revision3 are all rumored to be working on supporting Chromecast, or are at least “actively investigating and optimistic.”
If you weren’t planning on getting Chromecast before, are you now?
There has been some speculation that a Nokia patent has been blocking Google from adding “multi-user” support on Android phones— however, Dan Morrill of Google has taken to Reddit to explain the decision publicly.
Apparently, the problem stems from the phones themselves and the nature that we use them. While tablets receive emails and instant messages, something like a phone call may be too important to just “hold off” or send directly to voicemail while another user is logged in. What does Android do when a phone call comes in for another user? What about a text?
These kinds of questions are what’s keeping Google from adding “multi-user” support. Do any of you have an idea of how this could work? Personally, I always thought that multi-user support on phones would always be a luxury, but not a necessity. I, for one, would never use it, but bragging to my iFriends about the feature would always be nice…
Source: Android Reddit
Ever had a question about a device on Google Play and couldn’t seem to find answers? Then you’ll be happy to know that they’re adding a live chat feature for questions on device purchasing. Before this, the only options to get help were to call support or email them— this new option will most definitely make the process more efficient by eliminating waiting time and allowing you to take care of business without leaving the computer screen.
The chat feature is surprisingly very similar to the layout of Hangouts, which is definitely refreshing and a change in the way of doing things. When your chat is over, the entire conversation will be found in your Gmail inbox— if you don’t want the whole thing recorded in your chat history, however, there is an option to go “off the record.”
As a leading Android device manufacturer, the pressure is on Samsung to do some leading by example and help the open source community that has done so much to promote the adoption of Android. Being a large corporation though means some issues may occasionally get overlooked despite their importance to the developer community. An example of this that is panning out over the past couple days involves Samsung’s support for developers working on some of Samsung’s Exynos 4 chips. Criticism and complaints have been mounting about the lack of documentation and source code examples. This makes it difficult for developers to create mods for Exynos 4 powered devices like the Samsung Galaxy S III. If the developers become frustrated enough, they could abandon a device like some CyanogenMod developers are doing with the Galaxy S III.
Some of you may have been disappointed to learn that Adobe will stop development for Flash beyond Android Ice Cream Sandwich, but that doesn’t mean that they are going to stop making the current app’s experience any better. For example, today they released an update for the Adobe Flash application that’s all ready for you to download in the Android Market and we have even heard about plans to support ICS throughout all of its reincarnations.
Speaking of ICS, we have heard that Adobe AIR is up and running on the Galaxy Nexus and Flash should be available sometime this month. We will keep a close eye on this one and will let you know when it’s completely ready for the public. Who knows, maybe both applications will be ready by the time the Galaxy Nexus becomes available in the states.
If you want to grab the Flash update, hit one of the links below.
[via Droid Life]