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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?

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

Clarisketch, Web2go, Remind and Lensoo Create Are the Latest Android Apps Available on Chrome OS

Google is adding more Android apps to the Chrome Web Store, making them available to Chromebook users. I am not sure if they are converting/porting the most asked Android apps from their survey, because these are not the most-asked-for apps.

chrome news  Clarisketch, Web2go, Remind and Lensoo Create Are the Latest Android Apps Available on Chrome OS

Four new Android apps that made it to Chrome OS are:

  • Clarisketch: Creating messages by combining speech, drawing and photos
  • Web2go: Innovative news app that lets you listen to your own choice of news websites and magazines
  • Remind: Remind (formerly Remind101) offers teachers a free, safe and simple way to instantly text students and parents.
  • Lensoo Create: Lensoo Create turns your Chromebook into a virtual whiteboard with voice recording, video and smooth digital writing.

Google, I am waiting for Flipboard chrome news  Clarisketch, Web2go, Remind and Lensoo Create Are the Latest Android Apps Available on Chrome OS

via OMG Chrome.

 

Amazon is Selling Chromecast for $28. Firefox for Android Beta Gets Tab Mirroring for Chromecast #chromeweekender

Happy weekend guys! I had the #chromeweekender scheduled to auto-publish from WordPress, but something went wrong. That’s why you saw the post on Monday (after I fixed it up and published manually)

chrome news  Amazon is Selling Chromecast for $28. Firefox for Android Beta Gets Tab Mirroring for Chromecast #chromeweekender

In another news, I am working with one of my favorite WordPress theme designers for a custom design for Chrome Story. A few more weeks, and you will see it live here.

Now, here is this week’s list. Let’s start with some offers and new Chromebooks.

Google’s Head of Engineering for Android Now Handles Chrome OS Too

Sundar Pichai has been heading Chrome and Android for a while now, trying to make both platforms work together better. Here is one more move from Google in the same direction.

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Google has appointed its vice president of Android engineering to oversee its Chrome OS engineering teams as well. Hiroshi Lockheimer, who oversees Android now has the responsibility of Chrome OS as well.

Google is preparing Chrome OS to support Android apps. Plus there are efforts to make both platforms work together, say, notifications from your phone showing up on your Chromebook. When Google redesigns Chrome OS with material design, things will start looking a lot similar on both platforms.

chrome news  Googles Head of Engineering for Android Now Handles Chrome OS Too

With all these changes, bringing Android and Chrome OS engineering teams under the same boss makes lot of sense.

via The Verge.

A Google Play Music App for Chrome is in the Works

Google launched a standalone Chrome App for Hangouts last week. An app that is “Chrome” but works without keeping Chrome browser open. A similar app for Google Play Music is also in the works, according to a code commit David King found on Chromium website.Chrome App for Hangouts last week.

An app that is “Chrome” but works without keeping Chrome browser open. A similar app for Google Play Music is also in the works, according to a code commit David King found on Chromium website.David King found on Chromium website.

chrome news  A Google Play Music App for Chrome is in the Works

Note: The above screenshot is not from this rumoured Chrome app.

The commit that we are talking about here is not directly related to the Play Music app. Here it is:

“We want to have this flow polished and launched for when Play Music releases their full Chrome App, since they want to market this to users of other browsers.”

These new breed of Chrome apps are powerful than the older versions and can offer a lot of features, like built-in offline support etc. So, get excited if you are a Google Play Music user and a Chrome lover!

via OMG Chrome

Chromebooks To Sync Custom Wallpapers, and May Get a Power Saver App #chromeweekender

We are starting this week’s #chromeweekender with a rumour. I am not really sure about this commit that I found on the Chromium code, so decided not to write a post dedicated to it. I am adding it to the list of weekend news bits hoping that someone will read the code and tell me more about it.

chrome news  Chromebooks To Sync Custom Wallpapers, and May Get a Power Saver App #chromeweekender

Let’s get started.

Google Chrome for iOS Updated with Support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Google Chrome on iOS was not a pleasant experience for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users. I do not own an iPhone 6 or 6 plus, but  from what I gather, the screen size was a bummer for apps that are not optimized for the new sizes.

Google has fixed that today with an update with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus support. Here is the official list of changes:

  • Better support for iPhone 6 and 6+.
  • Download and open files in Google Drive.
  • Stability improvements and bug fixes.

chrome news  Google Chrome for iOS Updated with Support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

This version has a “notable” security fix as well:

[413831] Low CVE-2014-3187: Issue with facetime and facetime-audio URL schemes. Credit to Matias Brutti.

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners, congratulations on your new phone, and hope this update makes your life a little better!

Right Click Any Chrome Tab To Mute It!

Here is something that showed up on Chrome OS developer channel update, a “mute” option for individual tabs. This feature showed up in the code base a couple of weeks back and we have this working in the Dev channel already!

Here is how it works.  You can right click any tab including the empty new tab page and “mute” it. Once you mute it, the muted icon shows on the tab.

chrome news  Right Click Any Chrome Tab To Mute It!

You can mute tabs while they are playing some audio as well. In other words, you can mute tabs before they make noise or after they start making noise!

When a tab has some audio playing, Chrome has a speaker icon displayed on that tab. You can now click this speaker icon to mute the tab if you are not into this right-clicking thingie.

Again, a very small but handy thing to have!

This Firefox OS Powered Chromecast Competitor Costs $25

Matchstick is a KickStarter project which uses Firefox OS’s recently announced Google Cast like capabilities. The device lets you “fling” content from Firefox, Chrome (yes!) or other supporting apps to your TV.

Matchstick looks a lot like Chromecast (the “fling” icon is the same Cast icon from Chromecast)  but the hardware packs a little more power than Chromecast. A dual-core Rockchip 3066 processor, 4GB onboard storage , and 1GB of DDR3 memory.

chrome news  This Firefox OS Powered Chromecast Competitor Costs $25

The team is vouching on Firefox OS’ “OPEN hardware and software platform” philosophy and promises more apps and content providers on the platform soon.

There are already hundreds of apps in the Mozilla app store, and as the developer program ramps up many of those apps and hundreds of new apps will become available on the Matchstick app store.

At launch, the Matchstick team will deliver a core set of content for Matchstick that will let you find the most popular movies, TV, and music. Apps like Netflix, HBO Go, Pandora, and others ensure great content right out of the box! And as our developer community grows, new apps will become available, giving users access to a constant flow of new content and experiences for Matchstick.”

You can find more about this project and back this at KickStarter.