When we cover live events you’ll usually find that a Chromebook is involved. We do pretty much everything on the web now, and the little Samsung we tend to take has a battery life which will see us through even really long launches.
Getting Android apps to work on the Chromebook and the Chrome OS running inside has long been something that people have twiddled with. We’ve already got Skype on a Chromebook working via the Android APK, and there’s already ways to get some Android apps working on your Chromebook, but it’s all a tiny bit fiddly. If only Google would do the honourable thing and announce that you can access the Android Google Play store from your Chromebook at Google I/O…
Wait… that might actually be happening. With the event beginning on May 18th, people over on Reddit are seeing a tiny check box pop up (and then quickly disappear) when they open the “Settings” menu on their Chrome OS.
Another user, as you can see below, has actually managed to hit that check box and they’re seeing this (although we can’t verify either image).
Although there’s still an element of doubt, the Chrome OS code does actually show the Android additions, as you can see below..
Could it be that Google are getting everything ready for an on-stage announcement at Google I/O? Could we see them enabling the Google Play store at the event? It certainly looks like it’s on the cards. It would mean that you could fire up compatible Android apps in Chrome OS on desktops and Chromebooks easily and completely seamlessly.. although I do suddenly want a touch-screen Chromebook..
Google's Chrome web browser is the most popular third-party browser in the world by far, having surpassed Firefox long ago. In fact, each passing month brings Chrome closer to surpassing Internet Explorer as the most popular web browser in the world, period. According to Net Applications, Internet Explorer's market share has dropped from 55.83% in April 2015 to 44.79% last month, while Chrome climbed from 25.68% to 36.56% over the same period.
As great as Chrome is though, updates can often bring annoying new problems — and such is the case with Google's latest release.
Earlier this year, the first signs of a major visual overhaul for Chrome began appearing online. It looked like Google might finally be bringing Material Design to its web browser, but there was no indication of when the update might actually be available for the average Chrome user on Windows or Mac.
Modern Internet browsers have private or incognito modes that let you surf the web without leaving any traces. That is, you’re not leaving any traces for anyone using the same computer once you’ve done with your session. Your searches and viewing history will not be recorded for others to see, which can be useful both at home and at work.
But that doesn’t stop third parties from tracking your activity. In fact, private browsing functionality is probably the most misunderstood feature of web browsing.
This week, Google released the latest stable update for its Chrome browser addressing three high priority security vulnerabilities. Version 49.0.2623.87 of Chrome is available now for Windows, Mac and Linux computers, and although Google isn't willing to discuss the fixes in detail, a recent blog post explains the basics of the bugs.