Avid users of Chrome OS should expect some changes on some of its product features like Bluetooth. This comes after tech giant Google is planning to make a revamp of Bluetooth functionality. The company is also planning to overhaul the Bluetooth stack.
Here’s what Google is working on for Chrome OS
Google said the changes in Bluetooth functionality in Chrome OS was attributed to the changes made by Android. The overhauled Bluetooth, as expected, may enhance and improve the security of Bluetooth communication on Chrome OS.
The updated Bluetooth functionality on Chrome OS is also expected to fix the previous flaws or defects that users experienced two years ago. A description sourced from XDA stated that Chrome OS users on the Developer Channel could track the changes made. Using the hashtag #newblue flag in Chrome://flags.
Also, Googler François Beaufort announced that the Chrome team is now experimenting a new updated address bar. The changes of the address bar work similarly with that of the mobile version wherein thumbnails and brief descriptions are included.
Also, XDA Developers announced that support for Android app shortcuts is coming. Application shortcuts would appear if you users would do a right-clicking (or holding down) on an app from the launcher, according to Gerrit. Chrome OS users said that the app shortcuts in Android is actually an interesting modification. They thought this support should have been applied as well in Chrome IS.
However, it was made clear that the support for the App shortcuts is still not available on the platform. Based on the new commit to the Chromium code-base hints that Google is doubling its efforts to apply such support for Chrome OS.
Moreover, it is also expected that the Chromium Code base would bring support for the feature to an upcoming version of the operating system.
Search giant Google’s Android applications will be finally expanding with the company’s Chromebook. However, the company has yet to deal with the limitations of these Android apps have on Chrome OS. In fact, Google has yet to fix the flaws found in Chrome OS.
Chrome OS and its limitations
Since Google launched the Android apps on Chrome OS, one of the flaws spotted is the limitation that that apps pause when these apps are not in focus. This limitation was not revealed when Google announced that Android apps would be coming to Chrome OS during this year’s I/O.
At first, many thought that the idea is extremely powerful, but later it eroded the simplicity of Google’s operating system. For tech users, they claim that Google obviously grafter all the Android apps on Chromebooks. Going back to the main issue, it really annoys users like those Android apps that use real-time data.
But there’s a little hope on this. The search giant is planning to fix the issue after it was discovered. The Chrome OS 64 is now available but on the beta channel. The Chrome 64 allows Android apps to run smoothly by flipping them even if you are not using these apps.
Also, this development is really interesting to note because Google is now focusing on multitasking. Multitasking in the operating system platform will allow users to do more tasks smoothly. Google is also bringing into the platform the “split view” option at the same time.
Samsung has released the new Google Chrome devices, the Chromebook laptop and the chromebox desktop. This has been heavily influenced by the performance problems that the browser-based operating system suffered while running on other devices.
The new devices are good for people who spend more time on the Google cloud. Getting the Google services such as Gmail, YouTube, Google docs, Google drive, and the rest will be easier with these devices. The issue of speed nowadays is very important in the marketing of any mobile or computer device. Google has realized this and is continuously working on having the fastest hardware that they can offer.
However, the Chromebook and the Chrome box are not up to scratch yet. They cannot support a number of software such as Skype, Photoshop iTunes among others. This really limits the user in terms of what they can do. Even if the speed improves, without being compatible with useful software, it becomes non appealing to the consumers.
Google on the other hand, appreciates that the new Chrome OS-driven devices are not for everybody, but for a certain targeted niche that realizes the advantages of them. In fact Google did not advertise the first generation Chromebooks, opting for consumers to find them by themselves. They have however decided to market the new devices and try to put across the advantages to the consumers. Google and partners such as Samsung are working on connecting the Android phones with the Chromebooks. This will make sure that Android lovers will be more comfortable with the Chrome run devices rather than the Windows or Mac machine.
Google’s homepage has been minimalist since its inception. The company’s logo with a little box for your search query and two buttons welcome you to their site and that’s about it. If you compare it to their rivals like Yahoo!, it certainly looks bland and boring.
It seems like Google’s minimalist homepage have its days numbered. The company has begun testing a new design for their website. If visitors click the logo, a menu pops out revealing Google’s top services (Google+, Search, Images, Maps, YouTube, News, Gmail and Documents) add to that a “More” option with submenus that gives you access to Reader, Calendar, Books and Shopping.
The design is still not available to all users. The upgraded homepage can be viewed by selected individuals in English language markets.
It’s obvious that Google is pushing for their social networking website, Google+, to the top. The company has placed it in the topmost portion over their other services. This comes as a much needed push for the young site.
The new look resembles Google’s Web-dependent Chrome OS that is available on selected Chromebooks from Samsung and Acer. Chromebooks have been in the market for over a year.
Google’s minimalist design started in the 90’s when they had a logo, search bar and button and an “I’m feeling lucky” tab.
An event hosted by Google will showcase the company’s development with the Chrome OS. It will take place on Thursday at Google’s headquarters.
First announced last July, the news created a buzz over the web as the search giant decided to venture into this new territory.
“Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the Web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small Netbooks to full-size desktop systems,” Sundar Pichai, vice president of product management, and Linus Upson, engineering director has both said in the company’s blog post confirming the OS’s existence.
According to an invitation sent to members of the press today, Google will “show a few demos” at the event. Pichai will also be giving a presentation, as well as Google Chrome OS’s engineering director Matthew Papakipos.
These might be fake, or these could really be screenshots of Google’s Chrome OS. But whether real or not, this is still quite interesting.
These screenshots, which surfaced in the Web today, were sent from an “unfamiliar source” to Mashable.com. Whoever sent the pics claimed that they are offering glimpse of the operating system’s user interface.
The pictures show a very simple and minimal overall design, much like that of the Google Chrome Browser. At the top of the screen is a dock where users can access various programs and Google services like Gmail and YouTube.
No word from Google yet as to whether these are legit photos. We’re quite certain though that it’ll still be a long wait before the actual OS will be available in the market as it is slated to be released on the second half of 2010.
A lot were skeptical on hearing about Google’s plan in producing an operating system to rival Microsoft’s. However, over the weeks, it seems that Google is slowly but surely making it clear that they indeed, mean business.
For many years now, Microsoft Windows has held the top position of the personal computer operating system market with slightly less than 90% while Apple is left with the rest of the market share.
A release of Microsoft’s Windows 7 would also add to its already large hold of the market.
But Google doesn’t give up that easily, and now has partners that share its vision. Among these include big names such as Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Toshiba and even Intel. An article from Information Week reports that these companies are now “working with Goggle to help it re-imagine the operating system”.
Well, I said it before and I’ll say it again: somebody’s gonna be making a run for its money now 🙂