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Adobe Brings Photoshop to Chromebooks, Complete with Google Drive Integration!

I used to joke that when Chrome OS was first announced, the world was full of photoshop users. Everyone said, “I am not buying it because it can’t run Photoshop”

Chromebooks managed to capture a decent market share without Photoshop or any other Adobe apps. But today, this is changing.

chromebook  Adobe Brings Photoshop to Chromebooks, Complete with Google Drive Integration!

Chromebooks CAN now run Photoshop. And more Adobe apps from the  Creative Cloud is incoming too.

This streaming version of Photoshop is designed to run straight from the cloud to your Chromebook. It’s always up-to-date and fully integrated with Google Drive, so there’s no need to download and re-upload files—just save your art directly from Photoshop to the cloud. For IT administrators, it’s easy to manage, with no long client installation and one-click deployment to your team’s Chromebooks.”

“Streaming” Means No Offline Support

Note that this is “streaming” version of Photoshop, and that means you will need a working internet connection to run this on your Chromebook. Since Chromebooks are expected to be online most of the times, this may not be an issue for most of us. But do not assume that this is a Chrome app that works offline too!

You’ll Need a Fast Connection!

Here’s what you’ll need to get this working:

  • Network requirements – 5 mbps /max latency 250
  • Screen resolution – no limitations
  • Minimum browser – Chrome version 35
  • Minimum Chromebook – current generation within the last two years

If you are interested head to to apply for access!.

via Chrome Blog. (Don’t forget to read the author’s bio chromebook  Adobe Brings Photoshop to Chromebooks, Complete with Google Drive Integration! )

Chrome OS Gets a New Battery Usage Tracker for Apps and Websites

Here is a cool new feature Google added to Chrome OS. Just like your Android phone or tablet, Chromebooks can now tell you which app or website is draining battery.

Each website/app shows a battery usage percentage. Clicking on it opens the Detailed Settings page where you can stop the website/app by simply clicking on the “Stop” button, says François Beaufort

Here is how it looks like:

chromebook  Chrome OS Gets a New Battery Usage Tracker for Apps and Websites

This is available only on the Dev channel for now, and may not always work as expected. I got a blank screen when I tested this. Few more weeks, and we will see this landing on the Beta and Stable channels!

Storage Per App/Website

Right next to this new battery setting is the “Storage” button, which might be new, I am not 100% sure, shows storage each app or website is using on your Chromebook. This is also going to be useful while trying to figure out certain issues with your Chromebook.

If your Chromebook is experiencing battery draining issues, this is your chance to investigate and figure out what’s draining the battery the most.

Chrome OS to Sync Your Custom Wallpapers Too!

Chrome OS started syncing Wallpapers long back. The next step forward, syncing our custom wallpapers, is coming (most probably) in the next Dev channel update.

chromebook  Chrome OS to Sync Your Custom Wallpapers Too!

Here is the commit log:

Add auto sync custom wallpaper support

Sync wallpaper in storage onchange events, will also upload wallpapers to server when user set custom wallpaper

So, how does it work? .When you set a custom wallpaper, Google will upload it to the sync server in the background, and make it available on any other Chrome OS device that you use. It may take a while depending on your connection speed.

Wait for this feature in one of the upcoming Chrome OS releases!

A New Samsung $250 Chromebook with Bay Trail Chip and 11.6″ Screen Shows Up

It’s been a while since we heard some Samsung. After their Chromebook 2, which didn’t do as good as the previous version of it, there was no news from Samsung about their Chromebooks.

Alvin Chin and Brent Sullivan have spotted something that might change this. If a new product page that showed up on PC Connection website is to be believed, there is a new Samsung Chromebook coming out soon.

Tagged as XE500C12-K01US, this Chromebook runs on a  Celeron N2840  Bay Trail processor with 2 GB RAM, 16 GB SSD and an 11.6″ screen. There are no other specs available at the moment, and we don’t have a picture either.

Price is listed as $249.99, but we cannot be sure of that until we see an official announcement.

chromebook  A New Samsung $250 Chromebook with Bay Trail Chip and 11.6 Screen Shows Up

If this Chromebook is real, we will start seeing similar leaks with more details soon on other online computer retailers.

I am really curious to find out what Samsung has been doing all these months. Will they be able to give us a good looking Chromebook for a decent price?

Stay tuned!

Someone Already Figured Out How to Run Any Android App on Chromebooks!

God bless reverse engineering!

Developer  has figured out a way to run Android apps on Chromebooks, complete with a tool to covert apps and detailed instructions.

The tool is tested on OSX and Ubuntu. Once you get the tool installed, the process is simple. You download and convert an app from a command line, and copy the folder to your Chromebook. Once copied, open chrome://extensions, enable Developer Mode and upload the app.

Oh, you must first try any of the official Android apps for Chrome OS and make sure that your device supports these apps.

Here is the list of apps the developer has tested:

  • Flipboard – Works
  • Twitter – Works in tablet and phone mode
  • Soundcloud – Works, crashes when playing sound
  • Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Spotify – Crashes (require native libraries)
  • Opera Mini – works, issues with the back button
  • Gyro Game – Works
  • Swing Copters – Crashes on Google Play Services
  • WhatsApp – Crashes
  • IMDB – Works

I am really interested in the Flipboard app. Plus, WhatsApp, if that starts working on Chromebooks anytime soon!

Now, if you are not going to try this, here is a few screenshots for pure viewing pleasure!

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PS: I am hoping that someone will post converted apps sometime soon!

via OMG Chrome.

Amazon AppStream Now Supports Chrome Browser and Chromebooks

Here is one more powerful cloud computing platforms adding Chrome and Chrome OS support. Amazon’s AppStream now works on Chromebooks too!

If you haven’t heard about AppStream before, here goes an official intro:

Amazon AppStream is a flexible, low-latency service that lets you stream resource intensive applications from the cloud. Amazon AppStream deploys and renders your application on AWS infrastructure and streams the output to mass-market devices, such as personal computers, tablets, and mobile phones. Because your application is running in the cloud, it can scale to handle vast computational and storage needs, regardless of the devices your customers are using. You can choose to stream either all or parts of your application from the cloud.

The AppStream Chrome SDK (available via the AppStream Downloads page) contains the documentation and tools that you need to have in order to build AppStream-compatible applications. It also includes the AppStream Chrome Application.

chromebook  Amazon AppStream Now Supports Chrome Browser and Chromebooks

If you are a developer interested in this, read the official blogpost for more information.

Google is Testing Wireless Charging for Chromebooks

Here is a piece of breaking news (or breaking rumour) to start your Wednesday: according to a piece of code unearthed by Redditor basmith7  and reported by OMG Chrome, Google has at least one experimental Chrome OS board with Wireless Charging.

Here is the commit log that we are discussing today:

ryu: enable inductive charging

Enable inductive charging on Ryu.

TEST=Sanity check only. Build and boot on Ryu.

Now, not all the Chrome OS boards become actual Chromebooks or Chromeboxes (or anything else running Chrome OS, if they are planning some) Hence, we cannot be super excited about getting our hands on a Chromebook with wireless charging yet.

chromebook  Google is Testing Wireless Charging for Chromebooks

Wireless charging is slowly gaining some interest from OEMs. The major OEMs who are interested in this technology already have their Chromebooks (Dell and Lenovo) and their partner Intel is really interested in Chrome OS. This gives me a certain level of hope  that we will see this on one of the Chromebooks in 2015. This is just a guesstimate though!

Other Details

The board Ryu  has a lid, a light bar, a Tegra chipset, reversible USB-C support and a regular AC/External power supply according to the code.

The lightbar suggests to me that whoever is building this device is working closely with Google on the design. We saw this lightbar only on Google’s own Pixel and HP Chromebook 11 version one designed “with Google”

Another interesting piece that I noticed in the code is this:

* Determine recovery mode is requested by the power, volup, and
* voldown buttons being pressed.

That’s the method that we all use on Android phones and tablets to go to recovery mode. Does this mean Ryu is something more than your regular Chromebook or Chromebox?


Google to Announces “Chromebook Lending Library” for College Students

Education is a market where Chromebooks are clearly winning. (And yes, today’s students will be running and heading the institutions of the future.) Extending the marketing efforts for Chromebooks in education, Google is starting temporary Chromebook lending libraries in colleges across the U.S.A

The Chromebook Lending Library will be available from September through October at various colleges.

The Chromebook lending is a  free service, but chargeable if you do not return the Chromebook on time. Students can either return the Chromebooks at the end of each day, or keep the device as long as the library is in their college.

Here is how the Chromebook Lending Library looks like:

chromebook  Google to Announces Chromebook Lending Library for College Students

Find more information on this official page.

via Techcrunch

Hold Shift While Minimizing or Maximizing Chromebook Windows to Go Slow Motion!

Here is a cool trick to show off your Chromebook to your friends (my all time favorite is barrel roll btw). If you hold the Shift key while minimizing, maximizing or closing windows on your Chromebook, the animation happens in slow motion.

Here is an embed of the post from  François Beaufort:

As a bonus, (or this trick is clashing with an older one) when you click the Chrome icon with Shift pressed, it displays the list of open tabs you can scroll and navigate to open any tab.

chromebook  Hold Shift While Minimizing or Maximizing Chromebook Windows to Go Slow Motion!

Anyways, go ahead and show this off to your friends now!

via François Beaufort

Android Apps Make it to Chrome OS. Install These 4 on Your Chromebook Now!

I am jet lagged after a trip back from London (which has some connection with Chrome btw) but going to sleep without posting this news will be an injustice to my readers here. So, here goes.

The Android apps on Chromebooks that Google announced while at I/O are now slowly starting to show up. We do not have any major ones other than those demoed during I/O, but still, this is great news.

chromebook  Android Apps Make it to Chrome OS. Install These 4 on Your Chromebook Now!

  • Duolingo – a fun and free way to learn a new language before your next trip
  • Evernote – write, collect and find what matters to you, with a full-size keyboard and touchscreen
  • Sight Words – a delightful way for you to help improve your child’s reading skills
  • Vine – create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way

Evernote is going to the most interesting here because it is one of the most-wanted apps in any Chromebook user’s list.

You install these apps just like you add Chrome apps to your device: download and install from the Chrome Web Store. Single click. And then, it is your regular Android app, running on your Chromebook.

Exciting, and promising.

PS: When you have say, thousands of apps Android apps available for Chromebooks, will it make sense to have both Chrome Web Store and Play Store apps?

PPS: Chromebooks with touchscreens will make a lot more sense now chromebook  Android Apps Make it to Chrome OS. Install These 4 on Your Chromebook Now!