On 8 April 2013, Microsoft will retire Windows XP and no longer provide security updates, hotfixes or support for the operating system. To help businesses using applications only supported on Windows XP, Google has announced it will continue to update Google Chrome for Windows XP until at least April 2015.
Businesses who are using websites that rely on Internet Explorer 6 can use Google’s Legacy Browser Support to run these websites inside Google Chrome. Learn more on the Google Chrome blog here.
Google has released Chrome 31 beta for Android. It has a new “Add to homescreen” option that can be used to pin websites to the homescreen. Certain websites will open in a full-screen experience and appear as a separate app in the app switcher.
Some beta users will also see variations of the New Tab page including one with a search bar. Learn more on the Google Chrome blog here and download the beta from Google Play here.
Google has also added the Chrome OS UI to the development channel of Chrome for Windows. When a user installs Chrome in Windows 8 and sets it as the default browser, a tile will be added to the Start screen that can be used to launch the Modern version of Chrome.
Clicking the tile will open the Chrome OS UI with apps displayed along the bottom. Separate Chrome windows can be opened and snapped side-by-side. Learn more on The Verge here and download the dev channel version of Chrome for Windows here.
Google has added Snapseed photo editing tools to Google+ when accessed through its Chrome browser. There are now options to fine-tune the Auto Enhance tool and selectively adjust specific parts of images.
Images can also be framed and have a filter applied such as Vintage, Drame, Retrolux or Black and White. Learn more in the Google+ post here.
Google has updated its Chrome app for iOS. Voice search now has pronoun support, so users can search for “Who is the president of the United States?” followed by “Who is his wife?” and Google will understand.
The update also makes it faster to return to search results, improvements to Single Sign On with other Google Apps, data cost savings enhancements, stability and security improvements and bug fixes.
Learn more on the Chrome Releases blog here. Using an iOS device? Download the update from the iTunes app store here.
Google has released its Chromecast HDMI dongle that can be plugged into a TV to enable content to be streamed over Wi-Fi. Content from Netflix, YouTube and Google Play can be streamed from phones and tablets running Android and iOS.
Content can also be streamed from laptops running Chrome OS, OS X and Windows. More apps such as Pandora are coming soon and a stripped-down version of Google Chrome can be used to stream any website.
Google Chromecast is on sale for $35 on Google Play, Amazon.com and BestBuy.com and will be available in Best Buy stores in the US starting 28 July. For a limited time, three months of Netflix is included. Learn more on Google Developers blog here.
Google has updated its Chrome browser for iOS. After signing in using their Google account, users can sign in to other Google apps like YouTube, Google+ and Google Drive with a single click.
There is also a new setting to link all directions to the Google Maps app, fullscreen browsing on the iPad, access to full browser history and an experimental data compression service for faster and safer browsing.
Learn more on the Google Chrome blog here. Using an iOS device? Download the update from the iTunes app store here.
Google has updated Chrome for iOS to add voice search, which can be accessed using the microphone icon on the right side of the omnibox. Ask Google a specific question and it will speak back the answer.
The update makes it possible to open links from other iOS apps in the Chrome app. It also includes performance improvements that make cached pages load faster and has various stability improvements, security fixes and bug fixes.
Using an iOS device? Download the updated app from the iTunes store here.
Google has released Chrome 27, which improves the browser’s performance by 5 percent and has the new conversational search feature that was demoed at Google I/O. When the user opens Google in Chrome, a microphone icon will appear at the end of the search field.
After clicking the microphone icon for the first time, Chrome will ask for permission to use the computer’s microphone. After clicking “Allow”, the user can speak a query such as “What is the capital of Australia?” and then hear the answer “The capital of Australia is Canberra.”
Using Google Chrome? Click the three-line icon in the top-right corner and then click “About Chrome”. Chrome should then update to version 27 if it hasn’t automatically updated already. Voice search will be added to Chrome for iOS in the next few days.
Chrome for Android has also been updated with a new fullscreen mode for phones that hides the toolbar when the user scrolls down and the omnibox now retains the search query to make it easier to edit. The update also includes support for client-side certificates, which are often used to connect to enterprise intranets, and tab history, which can be accessed by long-pressing the back button.
Google has expanded its Cloud Messaging push notification service from Android to Chrome and Chrome OS. This service allows Chrome extension developers to wake up their apps remotely and send alerts to users who are logged in and have their extension installed.
Interested in learning more? Read the tutorial here and try sample apps here.
Google has updated its Chrome app for iOS. It brings Google Cloud Print and AirPrint support, the option to save a webpage as a PDF on Google Drive and fullscreen support. When scrolling down the page, the toolbar disappears to allow the full page to be shown.
Using Google Chrome on an iOS device? Download the update on the iTunes store here.