Files App Can Now Create Files and Folders in Google Drive When Your Chromebook is Offline

What a great news! Google Drive file/folder creation is now possible in the Files App even when we’re offline in the last Dev update,
François Beaufort said on his Google Plus post today. Here is the official crbug.

So next time you are offline, go ahead and create files or folders on your Google Drive and it will automatically be synced to your cloud storage on Google Drive next time you connect to the internet.

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That’s one more item off the offline feature wishlist for Chrome OS. What is next in your list?  ( Story via Chrome Story )

Chrome OS Dev update brings improved music player

Don’t like the Chrome OS music player? Google is working on improving it. The latest Chrome OS Dev update brings a much better-looking music player, as well as more functional.

The new player comes with a new design and extra functionality. Shuffle, repeat and volume are added to the interface, making it much easier to play your music from the Files app.

How to activate the new player

Like most new features in Chrome OS Dev, the music won’t be automatically enabled. You will have to go into the flags and enable it yourself.

  • Go to the chrome://flags/#enable-new-audio-player flag.
  • Toggle and enable the flag.
  • You are ready to go!

It’s a very easy process, so you should be able to test it in a few seconds if you want! Just remember, you have to be using Chrome OS Dev.

Enjoy!  ( Story via Chrome Spot )

‘Ok Google’ Voice Search Arrives in Chrome OS Dev Channel…

Your Chromebooks will soon get the magical “OK Google” voice command, just like the Android brotherhood.

So saying something like “Ok Google, find a bakery near me” will list suggestions for “find a bakery near me” – in this case just a normal Google Search.

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How to activate “OK Google” in a Chromebook

As mentioned above, be sure to be on the Chrome OS Dev channel.
Enable the experimental app launcher start page flag – chrome://flags/#enable-app-launcher-start-page.
Yes, Chromebooks (Chrome OS) now has the ability to initiate a search when you say “OK Google”.

Google has added a “voice recognizer plugin” to make this feature work offline too. So, even when you are offline, you can get things (that do not need a connection) done using this command.

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François Beaufort, of Google mentions this should just be the beginning. Right now you can only search, but eventually Google should optimize voice actions to work system-wide (much like with Android). Ideally, this will turn into a Google Now variant for the Chromebook. It will probably be able to perform actions like “Open Gmail”, “Open Google Play Music” and more.

Possibilities are limitless François says. This feature is just in its early stages, so we will soon see pretty useful things coming our way.

You can imagine the potential with this type of feature.

With the Google website already supporting more complex voice searches and Google Now features slowly creeping into Chrome itself, it’s only a matter of time before “Ok Google” becomes the fastest – and best – way to search on your Chromebook.

A new breed of Chrome Apps

A new breed of Chrome Apps

Google Editor’s note: Today marks the 5th birthday of Chrome, a project we started to push the web platform forward. From a humble beginning of static text, images and links, the web has grown into a rich platform teeming with interactive content and powerful applications. We’ve been astounded by how far the web has come and are very excited to see what developers around the world will be able to do with the new generation of Chrome Apps. 

Today we’re unveiling a new kind of Chrome App, which brings together the speed, security and flexibility of the modern web with the powerful functionality previously only available with software installed on your devices. (Think apps designed for your desktop or laptop, just like the ones for your phone and tablet.) These apps are more powerful than before, and can help you get work done, play games in full-screen and create cool content all from the web. If you’re using Windows or a Chromebook, you can check them out in the “For your desktop” collection in the Chrome Web Store (Mac & Linux coming soon).

Here’s what you can expect with new Chrome Apps:

  • Work offline: Keep working or playing, even when you don’t have an internet connection.
  • More app, less Chrome: No tabs, buttons or text boxes mean you can get into the app without being distracted by the rest of the web.
  • Connect to the cloud: Access and save the documents, photos and videos on your hard drive as well as on Google Drive and other web services.
  • Stay up-to-speed: With desktop notifications, you can get reminders, updates and even take action, right from the notification center.
  • Play nice with your connected devices: Interact with your USB, Bluetooth and other devices connected to your desktop, including digital cameras.
  • Keep updated automatically: Apps update silently, so you always get all the latest features and security fixes (unless permissions change).
  • Pick up where you left off: Chrome syncs your apps to any desktop device you sign in to, so you can keep working.
  • Sleep easier: Chrome apps take advantage of Chrome’s built-in security features such asSandboxing. They also auto-update to make sure you have all the latest security fixes. No extra software (or worrying) required.
  • Launch apps directly from your desktop: To make it quicker and easier to get to your favorite apps, we’re also introducing the Chrome App Launcher for Windows, which will appear when you install your first new Chrome App. It lives in your taskbar and launches your apps into their own windows, outside of Chrome, just like your desktop apps. Have lots of apps? Navigate to your favorite apps using the search box.

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Google Cloud Messaging Comes to Chrome and Chrome OS, Brings Push Notifications

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Here is another Chrome and Chrome OS news that has Google IO written all over it. Google is bringing the Google Cloud Messaging. This was an Android only feature so far. With its introduction, Chrome apps will be able to use push notifications.

Excerpts from the blog post.

Event pages keep apps and extensions efficient by allowing them to respond to a variety of events such as timers or navigation to a particular site, without having to remain running persistently. But what if you need to respond to something that occurs outside of Chrome, such as a news alert, a message sent to a user or a stock hitting a price threshold? Until now, you had to do this by repeatedly polling a server. This process consumed bandwidth and reduced the battery life of your users’ machines. For a more efficient solution, starting today you can use Google Cloud Messaging for Chrome (GCM) – across all channels of Chrome.

Here is the official introduction to the Google Cloud Messaging, which will give you an idea about what it does.

Google Cloud Messaging for Chrome (GCM) is a service for signed-in Chrome users that helps developers send message data from servers to their Chrome apps and extensions. The service is intended to wake up an app or extension, and/or alert a user. For example, calendar updates could be pushed to users even when their calendaring app isn’t open.

For more details, check out the official documentation here.

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Notifications popping-up in latest Chromium Build 28.0.1489.0

This morning while running last night’s Chromium build, I launched the browser, and with ‘Rich Notification’ extension active beforehand, a flood of notifications started popping up and cycling through in the bottom corner.  No images showed up like they do for Gmail or Google Voice text messages, but exciting to say the least!

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Screenshot Notifications Heading to Chrome OS

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Chromebook owners: ever taken a screenshot of your device using the CTRL+Window Switcher key?

If so then you’ll be familiar with the flash effect that happens on screen as you take it. It’s quick, subtle and unobtrusive – but it’s easily missed. So the Chrome team are changing it.

Their proposal is to display a rich notification when a screenshot is taken. These will inform you whether it was successful or whether it wasn’t.

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The Apps shortcut has been moved to the left side of the Bookmarks bar in the last Chromium Build.

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The Apps shortcut has been moved to the left side of the Bookmarks bar in the last Chromium Build and now uses a brand new icon that points tochrome://apps.

This is only visible if you’re enrolled in the new new tab page experiment – You can force it by enabling the “Instant extended API” flag in chrome://flags.

And if you’re a big fan of google assets, here’s the icon:http://src.chromium.org/svn/trunk/src/chrome/app/theme/default_200_percent/common/apps_bookmark_bar_icon.png

Source: http://codereview.chromium.org/13800017/

re-post from Francois Beaufort from Google+

Google Now shows up in Chrome Canary – solid evidence that it’s coming

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We have been hearing rumors about Android’s Google Now coming to Chrome, but today we have some solid evidence of the service’s existence. Google Now has shown up as an experimental feature in Google Chrome Canary!

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Google Voice Chrome Extension Gets Desktop Notifications

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Seems like there is a lot going on about notifications on Chrome and Chrome OS. What’s special? Oh wait! I know why!. Google Now is getting ready for Chrome and Chrome OS. Latest update to the Google Voice Chrome extension has added support for Desktop notifications. This feature however is experimental according to the team, and can be disabled from the options menu for the extension.

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Interview with François Beaufort, the Chrome Happiness Evangelist

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François Beaufort, known for uncovering the latest changes coming in Chrome and Chrome OS, has recently been hired by Google. We have a chat with him about his work with Chromium and his new roles within Google. 

François has been posting code commits and new features coming to the Chrome browser and Chrome OS for over a year now, the self-titled “happiness evangelist”.

His work has uncovered news about Google Now coming to desktop, the codename for the Chromebook Pixel and the Chrome OS Notification Centre. His work has caught the attention of many popular news outlets, and his Google+ profile has over 13,000 followers.

click here for the full interview…

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Google Search Box Vanishing from Omnibar Searches in Chrome Dev

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Like many people I use Google Chrome’s omnibar/address bar/URL spot to make my Google searches.

It’s quicker than heading over to Google.com itself because it’s always there, always ready.

But lately I’ve noticed that searches made from the omnibar are behaving a bit differently in Chrome OS Dev: the Google Search results page no longer shows a search box on the page.

Instead your search term remains in the omnibar, badged by ‘Google Search’.

As with anything that happens in the Dev channel there’s no guarantee that this behavior is staying, but for now it’s something to be aware of if you’re also an omni-searcher like myself..

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Russian Chrome Users Get A More Useful New Tab Page from Google, as an Extension

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Google just added a new extension for users from Russia which makes the new tab page  more useful. The new design has the most used tabs, headlines from Google News Russia, current weather, and links to some Chrome apps (not from your apps menu).

The extension can be installed from here, even if you are not in Russia. I could install this on my Chromebook and it is working fine, except for the Russian language which obviously do not understand.

The first thing on this page is Google logo, and then the Google search box. This probably will display Google Doogles whenever there is one on the Google.ru page.

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Developer François Beaufort hired by Google – leaks to disappear?

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If there is a Chrome-related leak rolling around the internet, you can be almost sure popular developer François Beaufort is somehow related to it. The Chrome OS fan base has been blessed by his many contributions to the community. He has given us info on the Chromebook Pixel, the rumored Google “Babble” project and many more Chrome-related topics. But this may end soon, as the Google+ personality has gone under Google’s wing.

François Beaufort is now the new open-source Chromium Evangelist, and will be working closely with Google’s new and upcoming projects. We are proud of him and very glad he has found a spot where he seems to be happy, but we are also a bit sad about what may be coming.

Working with Google, Beaufort will not have the same freedom he has always had. He promises there is a lot more content to come, but we are sure he will have to answer to Mountain View if he leaks something he shouldn’t. At the very least, his leaks will be limited and come less frequently. I guess we will simply have to dig in deeper!

Enjoy your new gig, François Beaufort!

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User-Agent Switcher Extension for Chrome

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Have you ever been restricted from using a website because you use Chrome? Do you want to test to see what your mobile site looks like on your desktop? All is possible with the User-Agent Switcher Extension.

Even in 2013, many website still require you to use Internet Explorer to access them. However, most of these websites will still function correctly in Chrome. So how do you get past these restrictions?

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Using Google Chrome OS File Manager

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The file manager on your Chromebook or Chromebox is almost similar to the normal windows or OSX file explorer you are used to. However, there are certain features that makes it stand out. In this article, I will introduce you to the file manager, its major features, and how to use it.

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Chrome’s Giant Touch-Optimized Menu

Somewhere between Chrome 25 (beta) and Chrome 26 (dev), the browser’s menu got bigger. It’s now optimized for touch interfaces even if you’re using a non-touch computer. I’ve checked the height of the menu and it’s now 580 pixels, instead of 420 pixels. That’s a 38% increase and it makes the interface more difficult to use for mouse users.

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Is Google Planning to Release a Unified Messaging Service?

Is Google Planning to Release a Unified Messaging Service?

In the early morning (here in the U.S.), François Beaufort treated Google+ to a look at rich notifications on Chrome OS. However, it was an icon pinned to the launcher tray that really caught everyone’s attention.

If you take a close look, the icon resembles four messaging icons stacked upon one another. This heavily hints at the possibility of Google rolling out a unified messaging service. François Beaufort was quick to state that he does not yet know what that app is, however, he adds a sly little wink at the end to keep us wondering.

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Google Chrome OS Team tries to teach people to always click on the “Eject” button

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Google Chrome OS Team tries really nicely to teach people to always click on the “Eject” button before unplugging a USB Drive as you can see in the screenshot below.

Are you on a Mac or PC and want the app search box from ChromeOS? See below…

via François Beaufort – Yesterday 1:59 AM (edited)  –  Public  ( On Google+)

Here’s a command line that you could use with Google Chrome to quickly search through all your apps and more.
It’s really easy to do it:
– Create a shortcut which points to chrome.exe –show-app-list
– Click on the shortcut and enjoy searching your chrome apps, history, bookmarks, etc.

World, meet your browser

When Chrome first launched back in 2008, we realized that a lot of people didn’t know what a web browser was, much less which version they were using. They also didn’t know that you could choose to use a different browser. To help people learn about the importance of browser choice, we introduced whatbrowser.org, a simple site that answers the question, “What browser am I using, and why does it matter?”

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New Chrome Web Apps for Docs, Sheets, and Slides

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Google has just added several new web apps for Drive to the Chrome Web Store.

A fair few web apps has been announced today by Google in a Google+ post, and they are already up and available on the Chrome Web Store for you to head over and install.

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Playing With the New Chrome OS Camera App

Of the several new apps being primed for ChromeOS its the ‘Camera’ one that intrigued me the most.

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Read Google Play Magazines in Chrome

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Google has just announced the availability of the magazines you purchase via Google Play in the Chrome browser with a new web reader.

Until now, this was possible only on an Android phone or tablet.

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“Do Not Track” Will Be A Built In Feature of Chrome

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“Do Not Track”  – What is it? Let me answer that question for you before we start. Want a simple answer?

It is the Do Not Call registry of the web.

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Google Music HTML5 Audio not Working in Chromium? Here is The Fix

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Your Own Google Chrome, With An Avatar To Add Color

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Google Chrome’s new multi profile set up got a touch of avatar love today ( avatar as in profile picture btw ). It will now show your profile picture on the top left corner ( not sure if it is final ) instead of showing the email address of your profile.

It’s a small change but makes a lot of difference when it comes to the visual appeal of Chrome. It looks way better than my email address showing up there !

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5 Google Services That Would Instantly Benefit From Chrome OS

Google hasn’t been working on Chrome OS blindly. They know that with their own PC operating system, their own products and services would get a big boost. In fact, it’s entirely possible that the company could optimize select services just for Chrome OS. While we don’t know everything that Google has planned for Chrome OS just yet, lets take a look at the offerings that could be really be useful on Chrome hardware.

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File Browser – Image Previews and Thumbnail Views

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The file browser ( the normal windows to move around and access your locally saved files and folder ) was something that really needed some work on Chrome OS. This has started behaving more like a normal life file browser now ! You have previews of files when you select them, on the right hand side, and you have an option to change to thumbnail view.

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Chrome OS UI Gets More Polished – Again, Time For launch ?

 

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You can go to settings page and change the profile picture to one of the available pictures like any other OS ( there are dummy pics as of now though, but replacing them with some pictures is not a big deal right ? ). Then you have two icons, one of a camera and one of a folder. Click on the camera icon, you get to take a picture with your web cam. The folder icon lets you navigate to files saved on your computer and pick one as profile image.

Google Chrome To Include Profile Switcher For Multiple Profiles

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 is one of the best browsers available today and with the Chrome Sync feature, it allows you to easily sync all your bookmarks, passwords, extensions, themes and auto-fill across multiple browsers. Chrome Sync is definitely a good option, however, users still face a problem if they want to have separate profiles for work and home.

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Chromium Gets Advanced Multi Profiles and Profile Switcher

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Associates every browser window with a profile, and adds a profile switcher in the upper right corner. Every profile has its own bookmarks, extensions, apps, etc.

So this is supposed to add the email address of the profile to the right – top corner of Chrome window like we saw in a screenshot last week.

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Chrome OS Release Coming Soon? Stable Channel Now Available

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Just like the Chrome browser, it has long been Google’s goal for Chrome OS to have a Stable, Beta and Dev channel for feature iteration. In a move that signifies a closer move to a Chrome OS release, there now is a Stable Channel. You can find this on the latest builds of Chromium OS by going to the about section under the wrench.

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