POSTS TAGGED: Google Chrome

Chrome 39 Adds Support for Theme-Color on Android Lollipop

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Over the past week, we’ve seen quite a few devices receive unofficial (and semi-sorta-kinda-official) ports of Android 5.0 Lollipop. There’s undoubtedly much to love in this latest version of Android, but one particular feature that hasn’t gotten enough attention is the new way in which browser tabs are handled in Chrome.

Rather than simply being available for switching via the tab switcher UI, tabs are now visible in the multitasking menu alongside full Android apps. Not only does this add a level of convenience to browsing on Android, but it also potentially highlights one possible future where Chrome is even more highly integrated (or perhaps merged) into the platform and where C. . . READ ON »

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New Hangouts for Google Chrome Brings Chatheads, Refreshed UI


Hangouts is an application that needs no introduction. Google’s instant messenger and texting app is perhaps the most popular way to communicate on Android. Just a few hours ago, the desktop client of Hangouts received a major overhaul that changed practically everything we have seen in the app thus far.

The new version of Hangouts introduces a concept similar to chat heads on Facebook for Android. Conversations with certain people or groups can be moved freely on the screen. This looks incredibly neat as you can see in the video below:

The application is now launched from Google’s Chrome app launcher. This is another change, as until now, Hangouts was always docked in the notification area . . . READ ON »

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Create ARChon Ready Packages on Your Android Device


A few days ago, we talked about ARChon. This extremely interesting project allows users to install Android applications right on the Chrome browser and use them on any operating system. This modified runtime can be used both by developers and users for educational, work, or simply “fun” purposes.

One of the most problematic aspects of ARChon was app conversion. It required a bit of a knowledge and executing some commands in command prompt. This can now be considered history, since the XDA Senior Member bpear96 has made an application that creates ARChon packages on the fly right on your Android device. As a result, you will get an ARChon ready package that can be copied at your computer . . . READ ON »

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ARChon Lets You Run Android Apps in Google Chrome Browser


Not too long ago, Google added the ability to run select Android applications on Chrome OS. While Google’s OS for more traditional computers is great in some use cases, it is generally limited for the most part to Chromebooks. And let’s face it; the number of Chromebooks is very low compared to Android devices.

That said, the number of computers that can run Google Chrome browser is a totally different story. It’s most likely the most popular browser among Android users. Canadian developer Vlad Filippov created a custom version of Android Runtime for Google Chrome called ARChon. This Chrome addon allows users to run Android apps almost natively on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chro. . . READ ON »

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Chrome Apps Coming to Android and iOS, What it Means to You as a App/Web Developer and End User


Back in September of last year, the Chrome team made Chrome apps a little bit more powerful. Rather than just being glorified web-apps, September’s update allowed Chrome apps to work offline, function outside of distracting tabs and text boxes, receive desktop notifications, interact with connected peripherals, and launch directly from your computer like any other application. One way of thinking about this could be that the update brought many elements of Chrome OS (including the Chrome App Launcher) to Windows PCs. And essentially what this meant was that Chrome apps were going to start being treated (and acting like) first class applications already on your computer.

Now, the Chrome team is ex. . . READ ON »

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Newest Chrome Beta Eliminates Artificial 300 Msec Click Delay on Mobile Sites


There are many things in our mobile devices that are mildly and unintentionally annoying. Many of these are so subtle that we don’t even realize that they’re a problem—until there’s a solution. One such nuisance is the artificial 300 msec click  delay when browsing websites on practically all mobile browsers.

You may have noticed that when browsing, there is a noticeable delay between when you click on something and when something actually happens. This click delay was put in place to allow for double tap-to-zoom. But in certain circumstances, such as mobile websites that do not allow for zooming or when the viewport is set to width=device-width, this artificial delay has ove. . . READ ON »

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Get the Latest XDA News with Unofficial Extension

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For those who aren’t aware, keeping up to date with the latest XDA Portal posts while browsing the forums is as easy as glancing to the sidebar on the right of the screen. However, users of Google Chrome and Opera on the PC can now see the latest Portal happenings from any part of the web with the unofficial XDA Portal Browser Extension.

Developed by XDA Recognized Contributor - Swift -, the unofficial XDA Portal Browser Extension works with Google Chrome and Opera. The extension adds a subtle XDA icon to your screen, which when pressed, pops up the ten most recent XDA Portal posts. Clicking on a post will open up the article in full in a new tab. There’s also a text box at the top, enabling you to quickly se. . . READ ON »

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Browse Image Threads on XDA without Hassle with Desktop Chrome

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Threads dedicated to screenshots, wallpapers, signatures, and the like are always quite fun to browse through—either for the creativity boost for your next home screen set up or just to get a taste of what layouts other XDA forum goers have on their devices. Of course, in the format of a forum thread, you’ll most likely continuously click through pages and pages of responses just to do so. However if Google Chrome is your PC browser of choice, you may want to give the XDA Gallery extension for Chrome a go.

Developed by XDA Senior Member RubenRybnik, XDA Gallery fetches all images from a thread in a new tab, allowing you to view them in one scrolling page, without the thread pages and responses. With ea. . . READ ON »

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Introducing the Toxic Toolbar for GT-N7000 Users


I’m pretty sure most of you have at least one tab on your browser dedicated to XDA whenever you’re online. If not, you’re doing it wrong. We previously brought you news of a handy browser plugin to improve your browsing experience from within the XDA. However, there may be times when you’re forced to drag yourself away and visit another site. Yes, apparently there is more to the Internet than XDA Developers.  Wouldn’t it be great if you were somehow able to keep track of what was happening in your device’s forum while you were tending to your other Internet activities?

XDA Senior Member toxicthunder has developed a Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explo. . . READ ON »

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