Here is the Material Design Default Wallpaper for Chromebooks [Download]

So, this is what happens soon after Google announces a new version of Android, we start looking for/sharing the default wallpapers from the upcoming release. We indulge in this first taste of the future Android version, while waiting for carriers or OEMs to release an update for our phone or tablet.

Looks like we can do that for Chrome OS today.

chromecast  Here is the Material Design Default Wallpaper for Chromebooks [Download]

A Material Design makeover of Chrome OS is something we all are waiting for. If they are planning to release it along with Android 5.0, we should be seeing this sometime in November. But for now, download this wallpaper and enjoy!

1366 X 800 Resolution

2560 X 1700 Resolution

BTW, no surprises here, it looks a lot like the default wallpapers that Google ship with Android 5.0.

Source: Chromium via OMG Chrome.

Unofficial Google Inbox Checker Extension for Chrome

Looking for unread count from your new Inbox? Here is an unofficial Chrome extension for you. Please do review this extension before you install, since this is unofficial, and I have not tested it.

chrome extensions  Unofficial Google Inbox Checker Extension for Chrome

This extension, as the name suggests, does the simple task of showing you the unread count from your Inbox.

This extension will only show the number of unread emails, including those in bundles, but reminders would not be counted.”

I will wait for an official extension, or an inbuilt unread count feature from Google. If you really miss unread count however, try this extension.

Download from here.

Thanks James!

ASUS Launches C200 And C300 Chromebooks In Australia #chromeweekender

Yes, I was supposed to write this yesterday, the usual Saturday morning slot. I had only just one item in my list, or so I thought. I later found some links buried inside my Pocket account and  decided not to let them wait for another week.

chrome news  ASUS Launches C200 And C300 Chromebooks In Australia #chromeweekender

So, here is this week’s list:

Automatic File Association for Apps – Open Files Using Chrome Apps on Windows

Google Chrome has been slowly invading Windows’ territory, pushing a Chrome OS like full screen mode, and Chrome apps etc. Now, here is one more step deep into those woods of Windows.

chrome news  Automatic File Association for Apps   Open Files Using Chrome Apps on Windows

Here is a commit that showed up in the code few minutes ago:

Issue 181493011: Windows: Automatically associate file types with Chrome apps.

Windows: Automatically associate file types with Chrome apps. Currently only works if –enable-apps-file-associations is on. The Chrome app appears on the “Open with” menu and “Choose default program” dialog for files of any type mentioned in the app’s manifest. If there is no existing app associated with the file type, the Chrome app becomes the default handler.

Upon app installation, creates a copy of the win_app_shim executable to serve as a portable and uniquely named way to run the app. Any file types mentioned in the file_handlers section of the app manifest are associated with the shim.

In simple words, Chrome apps will automatically be added to the list of available to open files with.  For example, imagine you installed an app that opens .jpg files. Next time you right click a .jpg file and select “Open With”, this Chrome app will be available in the list along with your traditional software.

If a Chrome app is the only supported app available on your computer to handle a particular type of file, it will be come the default app for that.

File association is not new for Chrome apps. We have already seen this on Mac.

Now, lets wait for this to show up in our Windows computers. I am hoping that it will, pretty soon. Are you guys excited?

Google Releases Official “Inbox” Chrome Extension

Google has released an official Chrome Extension for Inbox, but that is just a “glorified bookmark.

The extension simple adds an icon to your apps menu and the only use that I can think of is adding it to the taskbar of your Chromebook for easy access.

If you are looking for a glorified bookmark for your shiny new Inbox, here is the download link.

chrome extensions  Google Releases Official Inbox Chrome Extension

Now, let’s go back to waiting for a full fledged beautiful Chrome app for Inbox!

via Inbox Guru

Chrome Gets a New Extension API to Support Third Party VPN Clients

Chromebooks at work? VPN is going to be a big part of that deal. Chrome OS has inbuilt support for VPN, yes, but the team is planning to extend this with a new extension API that will add support for third party VPN clients.

I am not sure if this API is going to give us new Chrome  VPN Apps, or if this is to add support for regular VPN clients to work with Chrome and Chrome OS.

chrome news  Chrome Gets a New Extension API to Support Third Party VPN Clients

Here is from a recent commit log:

Add new extension API for VPN This CL adds a new extension API that can be used to implement VPN clients by third party. BUG=407541

I couldn’t get my hands on anything further, say, a design document explaining the whole API. The bug referred in this commit gives me forbidden error. Things might be in early stages at the moment, and hopefully we will see more about this feature pretty soon.

Hope to see more Chromebooks in offices!

Source: Chromium.org

Yes, the Google Security Key Works with Chromebooks

Google announced a new way of using the Two Factor authentication; Security Key. If you haven’t read about this new feature and device, read more here and come back to this post.

So, I was given one of these last month, and have been using it with my Chromebook since then. Since it is my personal device, I used it only couple of times, and set it to remember my device.

It worked perfectly fine with my Chromebook, a Series 5 550. I could even do a firmware update using a Chrome extension.

Apart from my Chromebook, I used it once on my work PC to login to my Google account, and it worked ok, save for the time that it took to install required driver software.

So, if you are planning to use the Security Key, yes, it works on Chromebooks. Need proof? Here is a pic from Craig Tumblison, friend and fellow Chromie.

chromebook  Yes, the Google Security Key Works with Chromebooks

Don’t ask me how this picture proves that it works with Chromebooks!

Journal Writing App “Journal” Releases Chrome App

Journal is a beautifully designed writing app for journal writing. I discovered this app while reading about their newly launched Chrome app. Since I am new to this app, here is the official literature on what it does:

Capture life moments, from everyday thoughts to useful travel logs, Journey helps you to rediscover the joy of journal writing through the warmth and humanity of the interface. Journey presents your life beautifully in calendar, photo and atlas view, allowing you to revisit the greatest moments of your journey anytime, anywhere.

chrome extensions   Journal Writing App Journal Releases Chrome App

The beauty of their design carries over to the Chrome app. It is pleasant and inviting and I recommend you check out this app at least to appreciate the beauty of the design, if not using it.

chrome extensions   Journal Writing App Journal Releases Chrome App

If you are already a Journal user on Android, this might be an exciting news to you, more so, if you wanted to write long posts on your Journal.

Here is the download link

“Easy Unlock” The “Unlock Your Chromebook When Phone is Near” Thing Goes Live for Android 5.0 Users

Easy Unlock, the Chrome OS + Android feature that unlocks your Chrome OS devices when your Android phone is near, has started working for some users.

For now, we know that , who has an Android Lollipop 5.0 phone and a Chromebook with Dev channel on it has tested this successfully.

Here are some screenshots:

chromebook  Easy Unlock The Unlock Your Chromebook When Phone is Near Thing Goes Live for  Android 5.0 Users

chromebook  Easy Unlock The Unlock Your Chromebook When Phone is Near Thing Goes Live for  Android 5.0 Users

The Dev channel of Chrome OS has this enabled by default now. There is a flag to disable this if you want to (which of course will go away sometime in the future).

Now, we are left with questions. When will this launch for everyone. Will there be an app, or is this part of the Android 5.0 operating system? If it is, will that make this Android 5.0 and up only?

Source:  via OMG Chrome.

Right Click And Pin Your Google Drive Folders on Your Chromebook’s Files App

Here is a quick tip from  for heavy Google Drive users on Chromebook, you can right click any folder  inside your Google Drive account and create a shortcut for easy access.

You can do this for your sub-folders too, which makes this feature even more useful. If you have a folder that you frequently access, but is couple of levels deep (like I do most of the times;  Documents > Home > Bills > April, that kind of stuff) this is going to help you a lot.

Just right click any Google Drive folder from the side bar of Files app, and select “Create Shortcut”. For now, that is the only option available when you right click, so do not worry about choosing the correct option!

chromebook  Right Click And Pin Your Google Drive Folders on Your Chromebooks Files App

Try it! and let me know if you liked it!

Thank you! !