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Chromebooks pick up offline Google Drive folder support in Beta Channel and later

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

In what will surely be a boon to Chromebook-related productivity, you can now make individual folders and files in your Google Drive available offline on Chrome OS, but only on V73 and later. That's Beta Channel and forward, at the time of writing.

The feature isn't present on the current V72 release (72.0.3629.97), but it is present in our testing on V73 (73.0.3683.32). Based on the timeline that some related commits were added to the Chromium Gerrit, it may have been present in V73 since it was Dev/Canary. It also works pretty much as you'd expect, though there are a few "gotchas."

The new "available offline" setting appears only via the right-click menu in the file view section of the Chrome OS file manager.

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Chromebooks pick up offline Google Drive folder support in Beta Channel and later was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Audio support is coming to Linux apps with Chrome OS 74

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

I've come to love using my Pixelbook over the last few months, thanks in part to support for Linux applications. Though it's still in its beta stages, I find it incredibly useful. Interestingly, it seems that Google is looking to address one of the limitations: the lack of audio playback for container programs. Based on a some official Project Crostini documents, we might see support for this in Chrome OS 74.

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Audio support is coming to Linux apps with Chrome OS 74 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Audio support is coming to Linux apps with Chrome OS 74

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

I've come to love using my Pixelbook over the last few months, thanks in part to support for Linux applications. Though it's still in its beta stages, I find it incredibly useful. Interestingly, it seems that Google is looking to address one of the limitations: the lack of audio playback for container programs. Based on a some official Project Crostini documents, we might see support for this in Chrome OS 74.

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Audio support is coming to Linux apps with Chrome OS 74 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Daisy-chaining monitors on Chromebooks via MST currently being tested for upcoming hardware

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

If you frequently use your laptop with more than one external display, there's a feature called MST (or Multi-Stream Transport) that conveniently allows you to use just one cable to connect them all to your computer, rather than two or three. Up until now Chrome OS hasn't supported MST, but based on a recent commit to the Chromium Gerrit, that could change.

MST isn't a new technology by any means, it was introduced with the nearly decade-old DisplayPort v1.2 spec, though daisy-chaining displays together probably isn't common practice among general consumers.

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Daisy-chaining monitors on Chromebooks via MST currently being tested for upcoming hardware was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

New Chrome OS bug causes high CPU usage every time you check CPU usage, understands irony

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Early adopters are used to dealing with bugs (or they should be), but once in a while a hidden problem can trickle down into stable, though rarely are they so funny as this. Some folks are running into issues with Chrome OS Stable v72 and later releases, resulting in crazy high CPU use. The twist? This problem only occurs in very particular, self-fulfilling circumstances: while you have the task manager open.

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New Chrome OS bug causes high CPU usage every time you check CPU usage, understands irony was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Squeeeee: Virtual desktops are coming to Chrome OS, video demonstrates initial concept

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

In what I will adamantly defend as the biggest news of the month, it looks like Google has started work on a feature it is calling "virtual desks" for Chrome OS. Based on a video published together with the Chromium Gerrit commit, the feature is effectively virtual desktops for Chromebooks, which were previously told the company was working on. (YAY!)

OHMYGODLOOKATTHATI'MSOEXCITED.

Okay, so the video attached to the commit doesn't actually show us very much, but it does look like we'll be getting a shelf up top with the ability to manually create new desktops, and presumably move windows to them.

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Squeeeee: Virtual desktops are coming to Chrome OS, video demonstrates initial concept was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

You may someday be able to sideload Android apps on your Chromebook without resorting to Developer mode

Monday, February 11th, 2019

According to some super sleuthing by Kevin Tofel over at About Chromebooks, one of Chrome OS' most requested features — installing Android apps from outside the Play Store without resorting to Developer mode — may actually, finally be on its way. Based on a comment provided by a developer in the Chromium bug tracker, it could make its way to users as early as the Chrome OS 74 or 75 releases.

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You may someday be able to sideload Android apps on your Chromebook without resorting to Developer mode was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Chrome OS 72 brings Android Pie and Assistant to some models, adds external drive access to Android apps, and much more

Sunday, February 10th, 2019

Chrome OS has had some growing pains lately, mostly due to the immense amount of effort it has taken to make web apps, Android apps, and Linux software run together. Chrome OS 72 is starting to roll out, and it addresses several major limitations Chromebook owners have been dealing with.

After a short testing period on the Pixel Slate, both Google Assistant and Android 9 Pie are rolling out to more Chromebooks in this update.

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Chrome OS 72 brings Android Pie and Assistant to some models, adds external drive access to Android apps, and much more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google adds PDF annotation feature to Chrome OS Dev/Canary

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

If you needed to edit PDF files on your Chromebook, you had to use external tools — either Acrobat for Android, or one of several online web apps. Thankfully, Chrome OS will soon have built-in annotation features, as a new flag for the functionality has appeared in the Dev and Canary branches.

If you're using Chrome OS 74 (currently in the Dev/Canary branches), you can go to chrome://flags and set the #pdf-annotations flag to Enabled.

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Google adds PDF annotation feature to Chrome OS Dev/Canary was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The best Linux apps for your Chromebook

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

Slowly but surely, Google is bringing support for Linux applications to Chrome OS. Even though the feature is primarily aimed at developers, like those who want to get Android Studio running on a Pixelbook, there are plenty of apps that can benefit normal users. We already have a guide about installing Linux apps on Chrome OS, but if you're not sure what to try, this post may point you in the right direction.

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The best Linux apps for your Chromebook was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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