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Want to Connect 3 Or More Displays to Chromebooks? [Future Feature]

Here is a possible new feature for Chrome OS; support for 3 more external displays.

Here is the commit:

Chrome OS: basic support for >=3 displays.
For >=3 displays always use horizontal layout and disallow mirroring.
This would allow basic multi-display functionality.

chromebook  Want to Connect 3 Or More Displays to Chromebooks? [Future Feature]

This is just a commit log on the code base for now, so don’t get your hopes high yet. I will keep an eye out for this one and let you guys know when it is added to stable channel, may be in few more weeks. If everything goes according to the plan, of course. (Not my plan btw, their plan!)

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!

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Google is Testing “Reader Mode” for Chrome on Android

Google Chrome for Android is getting a “Reader Mode” This is already available on “Chrome for Android” (complete with an icon to note that this is in the “dogfooding” stage).

Reader Mode strips the styles and noisy stuff like ads from a page and presents it in a clean reading format. reading format or a text only format.

android  Google is Testing Reader Mode for Chrome on Android

This however is not a novel feature. Firefox and Safari have this feature already, complete with a “reading list”

Is Google going to integrate this Reader Mode with Chrome Sync or any other service to make it a cloud-based reading list? We will have to wait and watch.

via Droid Life.

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.

The New Acer CB3-111 Chromebook is now Available From Amazon

The newest Chromebook from Acer,  Acer CB3-111 is now available from Amazon USA. This is the Intel Bay Trail processor  2GB of RAM model which retails at $199.99, a neat price point.

chromebook  The New Acer CB3 111 Chromebook is now Available From Amazon

Here is the specs list:

  • Screen Size 11.6 inches
  • Max Screen Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
  • Processor 2.16 GHz Intel Celeron
  • RAM 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • Hard Drive 16 GB
  • Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD Graphics
  • Wireless Type 802.11 A/C
  • Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
  • Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
  • Average Battery Life (in hours) 8.5 hours

A light, fan-less and entry level Chromebook, if you are looking for something around $200 range. Order one from here. (affiliate link)

Thank you Brent Sullivan for this info and this great Chromebook tracking doc, all the information you need about new Chromebooks.

Chromebooks Getting a Dedicated Audio Player App [Future Feature]

I copied and pasted the title from one of my previous blog posts about the Video Player app and edited it for this post, because this is almost the same news, this time for Audio.

chromebook  Chromebooks Getting a Dedicated Audio Player App [Future Feature]

Chrome OS has a video player app now, but audio player is still a part of the Files app. (It has its own app icon though)

chromebook  Chromebooks Getting a Dedicated Audio Player App [Future Feature]

The media player and the gallery were separated and made standalone apps. They are doing this now for the audio player.

The Files app handles audio for now, but with this change (hoping that it will make it to Chrome OS) there will be two separate apps for audio and video.

And it is good. After separating from the Files app, Google added more capabilities to the new media player app and the gallery app. Media player got Chromecast support, and the Gallery got better editing capabilities. So, it is safe to assume that the new Audio player will bring in new features, may be even Google Play Music support.

Here is the official commit log (This is not saying much of course!):

Separate the audio player app from Files.app

Start guessing what’s coming to the new audio player app, shall we?

Special thanks to Mike McLoughlin for the help!

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.

Gaps:
- 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
chrome.desktopCapture
- 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.

BUG=None
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

Google Releases New Hangouts for Chrome with Chat Heads

This one looks more like the Facebook Messenger for Desktop. Really.

Google released a new Hangouts app for Chrome today, which looks better and works better, provided you like chat heads.  This is not an upgrade to the existing Hangouts app, but a new app altogether.

chrome extensions  Google Releases New Hangouts for Chrome with Chat Heads

chrome extensions  Google Releases New Hangouts for Chrome with Chat Heads

Now, do not jump into any conclusions about chat heads comparing it with your experience on the phone. I have disabled Facebook’s chat heads feature on my phone. I did not like it. However, when it is on my Chromebook where I have enough screen space to spare for chat heads and chat windows, this is a different experience, and I have started liking it.

Here is a video demo!

You can download and install it from here. Give it a try and let me know your thoughts!

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!

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