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Google Chrome updated for Chromebook and Android

Lots of tweaks and treats
Wed May 21 2014, 11:11
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GOOGLE'S LATEST UPDATE included a major rollout for Chrome across web browser, Chrome OS and Android editions.

Key addition this time is the ability to create folders to organise web apps in the app launcher. Up to now, app icons have been a ramshackle affair, but now you can arrange them as you see fit for easy access, eliminating the need to frantically try to remember which page things are on.

Users can now use the "OK Google" phrase to trigger voice control on new tab pages, the minimise button returns and a new captive portal detector has been added for ease of signing in to public hotspots.

If you are a Chromebox user, you can justifiably feel slighted, as Google has confirmed that these enhancements will not be added, at least for the moment. There has been no explanation as to why they have been omitted or if it will be getting these features at a later date.

Chrome for Android reaches version 35, bringing it into line with the web browser and Chrome OS releases. New features include an undo button for closed tabs for those trigger-happy moments, and full-screen video with subtitles and HTML5 controls.

If that's not enough, there are some initial moves towards multi-window support, something that we cried out for during January's Android Experiment, and Chromecasting for inline video, though this too is limited at the moment.

Chrome OS users will see the updates in the next few days, while Android users can update from the Google Play store.

Google recently announced that it will support Chromebook models for at least five years from release, as it looks on at the increasing interest in Windows alternatives. µ


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