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A Virtual Display on Chrome OS [Future Feature]

Here is something interesting future feature that is coming to Chrome OS. Virtual display. Since the commit log for this feature is very detailed and provides a pretty neat explanation of what is planned, I will just copy and paste that here.

chromebook  A Virtual Display on Chrome OS [Future Feature]

Add support for a virtual display on ChromeOS

The purpose of this feature is to extend the desktop capture functionality by
allowing the creation of a virtual screen at capture request time. The use case
here is to mimic, with e.g. a Chrome Cast, the behaviour that can be achieved
with a physically connected projector i.e that a presenter can have slides
showing whilst keeping notes on their own private screen.

The “Virtual Screen” appears as entry in the display picker, with a new
DesktopMediaID type. In the DesktopCaptureDeviceAura if an item of this type is
requested for capture the virtual screen is enabled in the DisplayConfigurator
and the resulting Aura root window used for capture.

- How to behave when there is already a 2nd display (just disable the ability
to create a virtual screen?)
- Chrome Cast currently uses getUserMedia directly rather than using
- Should there be a new enum value “virtual” in DesktopCaptureSourceType in the
desktopCapture API.
- No thumbnail for the virtual screen as we only create it after the fact.

TEST=Use desktopCapture example extension, choose the Virtual Screen when
prompted and observe a new virtual display is created. When the capture is
stopped observe that the virtual display disappears.

So, you get the idea. A virtual display inside your display. When you are presenting something to your Chromecast or a projector, you can have a display (virtual) on the projected screen, and your own private/original display on the Chromebook.

Source: Chromium Code.

You Can Soon Remotely Connect To Your Chromebook

Chrome OS has a Remote Desktop app now which lets you connect to your Windows, OSX or Linux computers. With this new feature that is in the Canary Channel of Chrome OS gives the ability to connect from any of these computers to your Chromebook.

This feature is available in the canary channel behind the flag “#enable-remote-assistance”, and is not fully functional yet.

One more thing. This not being advertised as a Remote Desktop feature, but Remote Assistance. More like, when you have an issue with your Chromebook, give access to someone to connect to your Chromebook and troubleshoot it for you.

chromebook  You Can Soon Remotely Connect To Your Chromebook

Details are still sketchy, so we will have to wait for this to take shape. I will give this a try as soon as it is available in the developer channel, and update you all if I find something interesting.

Thanks Mike McLoughlin

Here is The Second Set of Android Apps for Chrome OS

I was hoping that Flipboard will be one of them. But now, they decided to go with these three:

  • CloudMagic: CloudMagic is an award winning email app for your Android phone, tablet and now on your Chromebook.
  • Onefootball: Onefootball is the most comprehensive Football App to stay up to date with all the latest football news, live scores, results, transfers and more from your favourite team and all other clubs around the world
  • Podcast Addict: With Podcast Addict, manage all your audio & video Podcasts as well as your YouTube channels and News feeds from your device.

I am using Pocket Casts for Podcasts, to I will not be using any of these three. CloudMagic looks good, but I don’t look at my work email much after I leave the office. But if you have a few emails accounts that you need to be watching, this is a great app.

chromebook  Here is The Second Set of Android Apps for Chrome OS

What I really want is Flipboard Google. Please!

via OMG UbuntuOMG Ubuntu

Google Launches New Chromebooks For Work Subscription – $50/Year

Note: Do not get confused, this does not include a Chromebook, this is just the admin panel and other features for $50 a year.

Google had schools and businesses in mind when they started pushing Chromebooks commercially. I am not saying consumer market was ignored, but they had a preference for education and enterprise markets.

chromebook  Google Launches New Chromebooks For Work Subscription   $50/Year

The school thing worked out well. More and more schools are deploying Chromebooks. However, the momentum on the enterprise side of things are not as fast as Google had wanted.

Here is one more attempt from Google to make this push happen. A simpler subscription model.

After listing out a variety of enterprise-friendly features, the Chrome Blog says:

More flexibility on pricing: Starting today, customers can purchase all of these advanced features, management, and support through a new annual subscription option of $50 per device per year. This new pricing option is available first in the US and Canada, with more regions to follow. We’re also supporting licensing portability, which means if you lose or replace a Chromebook you can easily apply your existing license to a new device.

You can see device specific pricing here. When you buy a Chromebook with the Chromebooks for Work program, you get the first year’s service free, saving $50.

Will this help Google increase the momentum in the enterprise market? Or, should they keep adding enterprise-friendly features to make these offerings compelling to companies?


Android Apps on Chromebooks; Toshiba Leaks a Few Things We Already Know

Toshiba has leaked a couple of things about Android apps on Chrome OS. We know about most of these things already, but I still find these two tidbits interesting.

We already know that Chrome OS is getting Android apps. We know about the a bunch of official ports, and about hacks that let us port any Android app to Chrome OS, hacks that let us port any Android app to Chrome OS. Toshiba’s website has some more stuff on this.

Take a look at this screenshot first:

chromebook  Android Apps on Chromebooks; Toshiba Leaks a Few Things We Already Know


Now, let us concentrate first on the phrase “Android Synergy”

Synergy: the interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements, contributions, etc.; synergism.

Is this an official phrase, the name that Google is going to call the Chrome OS + Android thing? Or is this something that Toshiba’s PR guys came up with?

Second thing is more exciting to me than the first. Flipboard is listed as one of the apps coming to Chrome OS. Well, I love Flipboard! That was the only app that I used to test the Chrome OS port. If the next wave of Android apps includes Flipboard,  I’ll call it AWESOME!

But for now, this is just a leak. We will have to wait and watch to see how this goes.

via OMG Ubuntu.

You Can Now Connect Android Phones to Your Chromebook to Transfer Files

Google has pushed a Chrome OS update with a VERY useful feature. You can now connect your Android phones and tablets to transfer files and folders easily.

“MTP support in the Files app – you can now plug in your Android phone and get files from it”

Note: This update covers Chromebooks only. Chromebox owners will have to wait for the next update I guess!

This feature showed up on Chrome OS developer channel a few months back. Looks like the team had a lot to do to get this feature fully working and pushed to the stable channel.

chromebook  You Can Now Connect Android Phones to Your Chromebook to Transfer Files

The process is simple and easy. Connect your Android phone or tablet using USB, and the Files app will show the device as a new tab on the sidebar.  Here is how it looks like:

chromebook  You Can Now Connect Android Phones to Your Chromebook to Transfer Files

Go ahead and try this now!

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chromebook  HP Chromebook 14 Tegra Up for Pre Order #chromeweekender

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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!