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Default Port Forwarding and Git Integration for Your Chromebook

If you are a developer and a Chromebooks fan, I have news about two new features coming to Chrome and Chrome OS. Default Port Forwarding and Git Integration.

Default Port Forwarding

Default Port Forwarding configuration have been added to the latest Chromium build. It might take a few weeks for it to land on developer builds and up. When ready, this new feature will be available at chrome://inspect

chromebook  Default Port Forwarding and Git Integration for Your Chromebook

Git Integration for Chrome OS Code Editor

A truly exciting news for those who want to code from a Chromebook.Code Edit for Chrome OS is getting Git integration. This feature is also a work-in-progress and is not available in stable builds. It’s still work in progress but we can pull, push, commit, branch and checkout from the new “git” menu button, says François Beaufort sharing the news.

But you can try it out without much trouble.

Try it Out

If you want to try it out, check out the code_editor_dev branch of the Code Editor Chrome App available athttps://github.com/GoogleChrome/code-editor-app/tree/code_editor_dev. Once you’ve done that, load it as an unpacked extension in chrome://extensions and enable thechrome://flags/#enable-syncfs-directory-operation flag to play with it.

Now, here are some screenshots!

chromebook  Default Port Forwarding and Git Integration for Your Chromebook

chromebook  Default Port Forwarding and Git Integration for Your Chromebook

What is next in your developer wishlist?


Chrome for Android – Open, Reload, and Close Tabs Without Touching your Android Device

(Mostly) Developer News:

Google Chrome + Android combination is bringing out one more interesting feature. Here is a new feature added to latest Chromium builds: you can open, reload, and close tabs on an Android device without touching it.

Developer and Google open-source Chromium evangelist François Beaufort first noted these features on Chromium Code. He writes:

What if we could open tabs on our Android device without touching it? That’s actually happening right now in the last Chromium build.

All you have to do is enable USB Web debugging in Chrome Beta for Android, plug your Android device through USB and go to chrome://inspect on your machine.
Then enter the URL you want to open and click on “Open”.

Moreover, you can now reload and close each Android tab from your machine.

android  Chrome for Android   Open, Reload, and Close Tabs Without Touching your Android Device

This is indeed a useful feature for developers. However for users, this may be something fancy to try out once or twice android  Chrome for Android   Open, Reload, and Close Tabs Without Touching your Android Device

Chrome is Getting Default “Search by Image”

Use Google’s “Search by image” a lot? Do you have Google’s official Chrome extension for this feature installed? I have got some good news for you. Google is adding this feature to Chrome browser itself.

François Beaufort is reporting that the team has added this feature to the latest Chromium builds. If everything goes according to the plan, we will see this feature on our desktops in few weeks from now.

This feature is not exclusive to Google’s search by image tool. Any search engine with search by image support can handle the requests coming through. That means, if your default search engine is X, when you right click on an image and select “search by image”, X should be able to handle the request.

If you are curious how this works, here is a (very) brief note from the official CL.

The UI part of search-by-image search.

When users click the ‘search-by-image’, the work flow is
(1) Chrome sends ChromeViewMsg_RequestThumbnailForContextNode to render
(2) Render gets the image, down-scale (if necessary) and send it back with ChromeViewHostMsg_RequestThumbnailForContextNode_ACK)
(3) Chrome generates image search URL for current search provider, sends the search request and opens a new tab to show the result.

Using Search by Image on Chrome

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Simple. Right click an image and choose “Search Google by this image” (Replace Google with your default search engine, of course)


Chromium Turns 30. Hello Big Brother!

Chromium turned 30 today. I mean, the version 30 is here. A couple of years and 30 versions of the browser! It is already elder than me!.

I don’t know if Google will continue the version numbers like this or add something like 30.0.1 etc. If not, by the time my daughter starts using Chrome, she will be downloading version 200 or 300.

Here is the welcome note from the team, shared by François Beaufort

chrome news  Chromium Turns 30. Hello Big Brother!

Chromium has reached version 30 and as usual here are some miscellaneous facts on the version number from Wikipedia:

- The atomic number of zinc.
- 30 is the sum of the first four squares, which makes it a square pyramidal number.
- The total number of major and minor keys in Western tonal music, including enharmonic equivalents
- In tennis, the number 30 represents the second point gained in a game.
- Used (as –30–) to indicate the end of a newspaper (or broadcast) story, a copy editor’s typographical notation.

Happy thirties Chrome!

VP9 Codec Makes it to Chromium

Google’s own VP9 video codec has been enabled by default on Chromium builds from today. It will make it to Chrome and Chrome OS developer builds soon if everything goes according to the plan.

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chrome news  VP9 Codec Makes it to Chromium

VP9, the open and royalty free video compression standard has just been enabled by default in the last chromium build.

The main advantage of VP9 as a user is the fact is that it’s 50% better than the very best H.264, the most popular video codec. What it means is on average you’ll use half the bandwidth when watching a video on the internet. 
Cool thing is that VP9 is also going to be part of WebRTC at the end of the year.

I highly recommend you watch the interesting Google I/O 2013 – WebM and the New VP9 Open Video Codec and go to http://www.youtube.com/user/WebMVP9/videosto watch some VP9 videos.

Coming Soon Unprefix flexbox

Here is another developer-user news. , a Googler says “Exciting! Chrome will be unprefixing all CSS-Flexbox related properties

Discussion: here and Spec: here http://dev.w3.org/csswg/css-flexbox/

Here is a brief introduction on this CSS feature:

The specification describes a CSS box model optimized for user interface design. In the flex layout model, the children of a flex container can be laid out in any direction, and can “flex” their sizes, either growing to fill unused space or shrinking to avoid overflowing the parent. Both horizontal and vertical alignment of the children can be easily manipulated. Nesting of these boxes (horizontal inside vertical, or vertical inside horizontal) can be used to build layouts in two dimensions.

Stay tuned for more!

Chrome To Save Passwords Without An Associated Username

Speed Simplicity and Security. Here is the latest security feature from Chrome. ( I am not sure if this is exclusive to Chrome, so if you guys know about any other browser doing this, do comment!) Future versions of Chrome will be able to save passwords without an associated username.

Can we call this a security feature? I am sure there will be people with other opinions, but I like to consider this as a security feature than convenience.

I tend to remember usernames, not passwords. I change passwords occasionally, and they are usually random stuff that I forget easily. Saving the username and password together on the browser is little risky if the computer is shared. By saving just the password, it gives me security and convenience.

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But that’s just my thoughts. I am really curious to know what you guys think!

I am still not sure when this feature will show up on Chrome, but from what I see, this has been added to Chromium builds now. Stay tuned for more updates on this one!

source : Chromium code

Note: This is going to be an additional feature and will not replace the existing option to save username-password combination on websites.

Ubuntu Ubuntu 13.10 May Ship With Chromium As Default Browser Instead of Firefox

Ubuntu developers are pondering the idea of making Chromium the default browser for the next major release of Ubuntu, v. 13.10 code named Saucy Salamander.

“In a discussion on the subject at the current Ubuntu Developer Summit developers expressed broad support for the change, saying that they are “leaning towards” supporting such a switch” reports OMG Ubuntu. “Switching to Chromium will also allow Unity Web Apps to appear in so-called ‘chromeless’ windows. At present the Firefox implementation of Unity Web Apps opens in a ‘new tab’ rather than a chromless window).” they added.

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Chromium, Not Chrome

If the switch happens, Ubuntu will ship with Chromium and not Chrome. Chromium is the open source version of Chrome. It is mostly Chrome, minus some proprietary code added by Google. There are a few features that will be missing and will need some additional tweaking to get working.

And for Ubuntu, they do not ship with proprietary code bits. And that is why the Chromium, and not Chrome as default browser. Users however can install Chrome on their Ubuntu computer and get all the features they want, and the regular updates.

Anyways, things are still in the discussion stages. Stay tuned for more updates!

Chrome OS To Get User Switching Without Logging Out

Multi-user support on Android tablets was big news. On Chrome OS, it will not be. Because it is feature that every operating system on a desktop or laptop computer must have. All the other desktop operating systems have it. It is finally Chrome OS’ turn.

Chrome OS will soon get the option to switch users without logging the current user out. Just like your Windows PC or the Mac.

Currently, if you want to let a friend of family member to login to your Chromebook, you must log off from your account and then let them login using their account or the guest mode. But when this feature is ready, you can let them use the Chromebook without completely logging off from your account.

chromebook  Chrome OS To Get User Switching Without Logging Out


Here is what I found on the Chromium code base.

Issue 14139003: Chrome OS multi-profiles backend and UI.

Chrome OS multi-profiles backend and UI.
* Tray – launch login UI for multi-profiles
* UserManager: GetLoggedInUsers(), SwitchActiveUser(),
add GetActiveUser() which will later replace GetLoggedInUser()
* Login UI: support “sign in to add” mode

* Pass chromeos::User* in details for
* Add NOTIFICATION_ACTIVE_USER_CHANGED (only when switching users for now)

Multi-profile hacks
* Initialize BrowserPolicyConnector only for primary user
* Redirect logging only once
* OAuth2LoginManager tracks only last logged in user

This just shows that they are working on this feature. We might need to wait for some more time before this feature lands on our Chromebooks and Chromeboxes.

Speaking of Chromebooks, I now own a Chromebook Series 5 550 3G!


Chromium Developers Write Stories Too :-)

Do you know that Chromium developers write stories too, while they write code? Well, they do. They are writing a single story, together. François Beaufort shared this interesting fact today on Google Plus.

As a Chromium developer, whenever you change something in the source code, some bots run automatically and make sure you didn’t break anything.
That’s a good behaviour, but sometimes you’d like to trigger these bots manually. That’s why you make some “fake” changes into a dedicated file for this.

Chromium Team had a cool idea about these “fake” changes: Why not make a story of it? Idea is pretty simple: Each time you make a change, add one sentence.

chrome news  Chromium Developers Write Stories Too : )

You can actually read the ongoing story athttp://src.chromium.org/svn/trunk/src/build/whitespace_file.txt

Here is the first paragraph of the story.

It was a dark and blinky night; the rain fell in torrents — except at
occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which
swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along
the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that
struggled against the elements. A hooded figure emerged.

Story is now on the 5th chapter! Awesome work guys!!!!!

So, that’s how this blog, Chrome Story, got its name. Nah! just kiddin!

Chrome Goes “Blink” and Other News

There is a lot happening today in the Chrome and Chromium world. First and the most important of them is Blink, a new rendering engine based on Webkit. Google will be using this one for Chrome and Chrome OS going forward. Then there are some other news as well, to share with you all.

Blink  Rendering Engine

Google was using Webkit as the rendering engine for Chrome and Chrome OS. But they say they wanted something different.

….Chromium uses a different multi-process architecture than other WebKit-based browsers, and supporting multiple architectures over the years has led to increasing complexity for both the WebKit and Chromium projects. This has slowed down the collective pace of innovation – so today, we are introducing Blink, a new open source rendering engine based on WebKit.

Chrome For Android Syncs Passwords and Auto Fill

Chrome for Android was updated today, adding two more items to the sync list. Passwords and Auto Fill content while filling forms.

You can now access your saved passwords and autofill entries on your phone and tablet when you’ve signed in to Chrome, just like you have been able to do on your desktop and laptop computers.

Chrome OS Dev Channel Update

In another news, Chrome OS development channel was updated with minor tweaks and bug fixes. Here is the list of changes from the releases blog

  • UI improvements
  • Stability improvements
  • Enhanced support for common wireless touchpads/mice

Chrome Beta Channel Update

Chrome for Windows, Mac and Chrome Frame got update for their beta versions. Here is the official list fo changes.

  • Faster page loads
  • Elegant HTML5 date and time forms
  • Live audio input to Web Audio API
  • Sync FileSystem API for Chrome Apps
  • DevTools updates
  • And lots of other features for developers