THIS WEEK in Google there's another new player in town. Hot on the heels of Android desktop offering Remix OS, now you turn any old laptop into a Chromebook with CloudReady, a customised version of Chromium OS designed for dual booting on laptops. It's free for individuals, $59 for lifetime use in education and there are enterprise options coming soon.
Meanwhile, if you're an Android user and you are jealous of the BlackBerry Privy, two things for you. First, get help. Second, you can now load the specific Privy stock apps too, thanks to a forum user at CrackBerry. You lucky ducks.
Seeing as we seem to be on a tip of using Google services in a weird way, this week has also seen the launch of Gmailify (see video below) which is basically using Gmail without a Gmail address.
The company explained: "Gmailify links your existing account to Gmail so that you get all the bells and whistles - spam protection, inbox organisation and even Google Now cards based on your mail - without having to leave your current address behind."
It's available now to Yahoo and Hotmail/Outlook users. Obviously, if you have a Gmail account you can do this anyway.
The Google Drive app for Android has been updated with better contextual menus, access to the trash bin and a nice touch in the form of thumbnail photos of the people with whom you're sharing files.
Google Translate has been updated and now supports 103 languages. Speaks for itself really.
Also in brief, another reasonably major addition for Chromecast is that Vimeo is now beamable.
In the wider Alphabet company, Project Loon, the balloon-based WiFi offering, has arrived in Sri Lanka for its first official field test. Three balloons were launched in the trial.
As we reported earlier this week, the Picasa photo management tool for Windows and iOS will finally close 15 March.
There's bound to be more next week as we disappear into the quagmire of Mobile World Congress. Quite a lot of it. µ
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