Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux, reviews the Nexus 7 tablet on Google+ and loves it.
There are dozens of great web browsers available for Android, depending on the features you're looking for. Whether it's syncing with your desktop, or super-speedy browsing, or support for flash navigation, you have options galore—some of them popular, others not so much. This week we're going to look at five of the best Android browsers, based on your nominations. More »
Adobe told us they were only working on Flash for Windows and Mac PCs and it turns out they were serious. There will be no native Flash for Google's Android 4.1.
Finally drops the beta tag, available to download right now.
During the Google’s I/O conference, the search giant has also published the Final version of the Google Chrome web browser for Android.
As expected the Beta to Final transition mostly focused on stability and performance improvements. However, Google also said that they have been working to improve the overall experience for the tablet users, which is always a welcome step forward.
If you are using anything below Android 4.0, don’t get to excited as it’s not compatible with the previous open source OS versions.
Google today has announced the release of the first stable version of the Google Chrome web browser for the Android operating system. According to Google, Chrome for Android is now available for download on Google Play, Google’s web based online store, and via the Google Play store on the mobile device directly.
The stable version of Google Chrome for Android is only available for Android 4.0 or later devices. The update does not include any new features worth mentioning, and Google notes that it mainly consists of stability and performance fixes since the last beta release.
Chrome for Android has been designed for smaller screens found on mobile devices like phones or tablets. Google has integrated many features of the desktop Chrome application in the mobile version, including the browser’s address bar that shares a single field for searching and navigating, a tab-based interface that allows you to switch between multiple websites in the browser, the ability to send pages from the desktop version of Chrome to the mobile client, the private browsing mode, and Chrome Sync to synchronize bookmarks and other date between desktop and mobile versions of the browser.
Here is a promotional video for Chrome for Android. Keep in mind that this video is showing highlights of an earlier beta version of the browser.
Chrome for Android is not the first browser that has made an impact this week. Mozilla, the company behind Firefox, earlier this week, released an update for Firefox for Android that features performance improvements, the inclusion of Firefox Sync to synchronize data between desktop and mobile versions of Firefox, and the new personalized start page. You can read up on all of the changes by following the link posted above.
Are you using Chrome or Firefox on your Android device? Have you tried either one? Let us know what you think of the browsers that you tried, or why you did not try them, in the comments.
Android: There's nothing major to announce in the latest version of Google's official Chrome browser for Android, but today they've announce that it's finally out of beta: More »
Mozilla today announced availability of its much anticipated Firefox open source browser for Android, effectively giving its key financial backer, Google, a run for its money on the mobile browser front.
According to reports, Google and Asus will be releasing a new 7-inch tablet running Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, at this week's Google Input/Ouput conference.
Chrome for Android Beta Update - Chrome for Android Beta has been updated to 0.18.4531.3636 on Google Play
Chrome for Android Beta has been updated to 0.18.4531.3636 on Google Play. In addition to changes through Chrome 18.0.1025.166 and a minor reorganization of Settings options, this update focuses primarily on stability and performance improvements.
- 113041 : No way to auto-hide the toolbar
- 114964 : Error pages are not optimized for mobile / Android devices
- Other notable issues listed here
Continuing battle across a variety of different fronts, the search giant has issued an update for its Google Chrome web browser.
Still available for the Android Ice Cream Sandwich users only, the following Beta release brings a couple of welcome changes, including:
- Ability to view the desktop version of a website
- Ability to add bookmarks as shortcuts to the home screen for a quick and easy access
In addition to that, Google Chrome Beta for Android is now available in 31 more languages, which is a welcome change for those, who are eager to try it.
Chrome for Android Beta has been updated to 0.18.4409.2396 (Chrome 18.0.1025.133) on Google Play. As mentioned on the Chrome Blog, this update includes a number of new features, as well as the following changes:
- Allow for download of files to the device
- Complex Text Layout (CTL) and Right to Left (RTL) text support in rendered pages
- Enable old-style YouTube embed content to be played via native YouTube app
- Support for country-specific suggested search engines.
Since we launched Chrome for Android Beta in February, we’ve been listening closely to all of your feedback (thank you!). It’s great to hear how so many of you love having the Chrome experience on your Android 4.0 phone or tablet.
With today’s update, Chrome for Android Beta is now available in 31 more languages and in all countries where Google Play is available. We’ve also added many much-requested features, including:
- You can now request the desktop version of a website, in case you would rather not view the mobile version.
- You can now add bookmarks as shortcuts on your home screen, so you can get to your favorite sites faster.
- Choose your favorite apps to handle links opened in Chrome.
- Have a proxy setup for Wi-Fi access? You can now use Chrome with the system proxy configured in Android settings.
If you build websites, you may want to take note of a change in the User-Agent specification for Chrome for Android.
If you haven’t already, you can install Chrome for Android Beta from Google Play on your Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) phone or tablet. As we're still in Beta, we look forward to your feedback so we can continue to improve Chrome for Android.
Chrome for Android Beta Update - Chrome for Android Beta has been updated to 0.16.4301.233 (Chrome 16.0.912.77)
Chrome for Android Beta has been updated to 0.16.4301.233 (Chrome 16.0.912.77). Primarily focused on bug fixes, this update addresses issues in the compatibility check which prevented Chrome from starting up on some versions of Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.
- 112923 : No way to toggle between mobile/desktop UA
- 113140 : Youtube links do not prompt for which application to use
- 113132 : Chrome for Android beta doesn't support configured proxy in wi-fi settings
- Other notable issues listed here
A while back I picked up an HP TouchPad for $99 during the great "HP Tribulations of 2011." It was a fire sale and I was lucky enough to grab one on Amazon. I really like the HP WebOS and I enjoyed overclocking the TouchPad to get more performance out of it. For $99 it's an insane little piece of hardware. I wanted to see if taking over the hardware and putting Android's Ice Cream Sandwich would make the TouchPad even more useful. Plus, it's a hacker's dream, so why not.
Here's the process. This one assume you're starting from an HP TouchPad that has TouchOS on it or one that already has a built of Android on it but you don't mind messing it up.
- You'll need a Windows machine with Java. Ah, Java.
- Make a folder somewhere like "TouchPad" and start putting stuff into it, like:
- The Palm Novacom Drivers.
- Get ACMEInstaller 2
- Go read the thread on Android 4.0.3 ICS Cyanogen Mod 9 Alpha 2. You should trust their download links not mine. These are the ones I used for CM9A2. Go download:
- Alpha 2 CM9 for Touchpad
- Moboot - It's a boot manager that will let you dual boot
- Clockwork Recovery - It's something you boot into that lets you install zips like the Google Apps one below.
- You might also get the Google Apps (gApps) package for CyanogenMod 9 also.
When you have Java installed you can now double click on the UniversalNovacomInstaller.jar file.
Say yes and Download the Drivers, and wait.
When it is done, you'll be left at the Install button again. Just close the app.
The Novacom stuff is installed to C:\Program Files\Palm, Inc. You'll want to copy your ACMEInstaller2 file into that folder where novacom.exe is located. Also copy the gapps zip file into the root of the HP TouchPad's drive.
Plugin your HP TouchPad to you PC's USB while in Web OS. Select USB Drive mode. You should get a USB Symbol on your TouchPad. Open the new drive for your TouchPad in Windows Explorer and make a folder "cminstall". Copy moboot, clockwork, and the main CM update zip into that new folder.
From the Settings Menu in TouchOS select Settings | Device Info | Restart. When the screen goes black, hold down the Volume Up button until a USB Symbol appears again. This one will be white with no border.
Now, while your TouchPad is connected to your PC and showing the USB symbol, go back to your Windows machine and open a Command Prompt. Go to C:\Program Files\Palm, Inc type novacom.exe boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2 like this:
C:\Program Files\Palm, Inc>novacom.exe boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2
After you hit Enter a lot of text will appear on your TouchPad. This it's working. When your TouchPad reboots into Ice Cream Sandwich, go through the setup.
If you want to install the extra Google Apps stuff, reboot. From the mooboot 0.3.5 menu you can launch ClockworkMod and install Google Apps from that zip file.
It's very very early, but it's pretty cool that it works this well at all. I'm looking forward to seeing if they can get it completely working and reasonably supported on the HP TouchPad. I think for browsing and goofing around HP Web OS is fine, but if you have a TouchPad and you are already invested in Google Apps and the Android Marketplace, you should be keeping an eye on this project.
I have already had dozens of crashes (it's an Alpha) so I wouldn't recommend making this your primary tablet. I also can't get my Google Apps (Gmail, etc) to synchronize as I'm using 2 factor auth and there's some subtle bug. I'm also unable to get Google Chrome for Android to work because it's version check doesn't seen this build of Ice Cream Sandwich as a legit version that's > 4.0. There is a fix for Chrome on the HP TouchPad if you really need it, though.
However, Browsing, Flash, many apps and Video works fairly well. Plus, I can always reboot back into HP Web OS so I can't really hurt the tablet.
Chrome for Android Beta has been updated to 0.16.4215.215, picking up changes that have gone in through Chrome 16.0.912.77. Beyond the Chrome changes, this update contains:
- You have to use it to understand how awesome it is.
- For this to work, you need install Google Chrome to Phone app for Android first and then install Chrome to Phone extension in your Google Chrome web browser.
- We will do it step by step.
- But this application has got some weird properties as well. Country specific restrictions are in place for unknown reasons.
- I had to manually download the APK to install it. If you are in my same position, you can download the Chrome to Phone APK file and install it manually.
- Launch the installed Chrome to Phone application in your phone and finish the required steps needed (pretty much self-explanatory).
- Launch the extension in your Chrome browser. Sign in using your Gmail id (it should be the same id that you used to login from your Google Chrome to Phone Android app).
- Gmail will ask for authorization and you are done.
- Now, whenever you feel like sending a link, phone number or maps to your Android smartphone from Chrome Browser (in Windows, Mac or Linux), just right click and select "Chrome to Phone". Some random demos can be seen below.
Android: Previously mentioned browser tab-migrating SendTab now has an unofficial Android app, allowing you to easily send tabs from Chrome, Firefox, or Safari to your Android device and back again. While Android and Chrome users have Chrome to Phone, SendTab's service doesn't lock you into one browser or device and makes it easy to go between all your devices with just a few clicks or taps. More »
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That delicious Ice Cream Sandwich.
As it was just a matter of time anyway, Google has finally launched the Beta version of Google Chrome for Android, which is currently compatible with the 4.0 version only.
So what does it bring to the table?
Well, just like with its competitors, you can synchronize your tabs and bookmarks between your PC and a handheld device, but it also includes few features that are not yet widely available.
First of all, you can swipe between the opened tabs just like a deck of cards, which, depending on the number of opened tabs, can be quite useful.
Secondly, incognito mode has made its way to the Android version as well, providing an extra layer of privacy for those in need.
Least but not last is a superb feature called Link Preview. As you might know, clicking on small links can be quite painful, especially in the winter period when you are wearing gloves and can’t be bothered to take them off. Thankfully, Link Preview will automatically zoom in the links, making them easier to click on.
Google Chrome for Android 4.0 also includes search suggestions that can be personalized, omnibox and few other goodies.
How can I burn a slideshow that I made in iPhoto on my MacBook Pro onto a CD?
You can export the slideshow as a video (a QuickTime movie in Apple parlance) and then burn that video to your CD.
Here’s how: In iPhoto, after you’ve created the photo slideshow, with titles, music and so forth, click on the “Export” button at the bottom of the slideshow-creation window. Choose an option for the resolution of your movie and click “Export.”
Then, choose a destination on your hard disk where you’ll temporarily store the movie. Next, insert the recordable CD, and copy the movie into the window representing the CD. Finally, click on the “Burn” button at the upper right of that CD window.
I have recently gone almost all Google: I moved my business email to Google, am using Google Docs, etc. I am in need of a new laptop and am considering a Google Chromebook. My question / concern is: What about programs I may need, such as iTunes, or some printer / scanner software, or an accounting suite? Will there be room for some of these programs and if so, will they operate on Chrome OS?