XDA News Articles

Will Verduzco · Nov 10, 2014

Chrome 39 Adds Support for Theme-Color on Android Lollipop

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...

Tomek Kondrat · Oct 9, 2014

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...

Tomek Kondrat · Sep 24, 2014

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...

Tomek Kondrat · Sep 19, 2014

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...

Will Verduzco · Jan 29, 2014

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...

Will Verduzco · Dec 13, 2013

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...

Samantha · Jun 30, 2013

Get the Latest XDA News with Unofficial Extension

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...

Samantha · Jun 22, 2013

Browse Image Threads on XDA without Hassle with Desktop Chrome

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...

Conan Troutman · May 24, 2012

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...