Huge changes in Chrome OS: Google completely overhauls launcher

29 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

5 secret Chrome app launcher tips and tricks that speed up everyday tasks.

Now, instead of getting a small pop-up that shows all of the apps available, you get a larger window right in the center of the screen with the Google logo on top, the search box, and your four most recent apps along with a button that allows you to view “all apps,” according to a PC World report.In an announcement made on Thursday, technology giant Google said that it has efforts underway to incorporate the Google Now platform on its Chrome operating system.Google’s Chrome OS will be getting a significant overhaul soon, and Chromebook and Chromebox users will soon be able to enjoy baked-in Google Now support on the new update.Google’s Chromebooks are about to undergo a hefty overhaul that puts the Chocolate Factory’s creepy, predictive search tech – Google Now – at the heart of the firm’s OS.

It packs a surprising amount of Google-y power that can speed up a wide variety of tasks on a Chromebook—and Windows, if you install the Chrome launcher. The launcher is now available on the Chrome OS beta channel, and it includes some other features as well, such as the ability to open password-protected ZIP files and an option to automatically change the time zone based on the location of the computer. It is being used by those Android users who would probably be searching a program capitalising on full Android integration as well as all things which Google will bring by connecting the application through one interface.

Search has been enhanced to help you find what you are looking for faster, apps you most often use right [sic] have been put at your fingertips, and the power of Google Now has been brought to your Chromebook. The brand new look and design indicates that Google is focusing more on search and contextual information rather than showing you everything in order to improve how space on the computer is used, according to the report. Google community manager for Chrome, Ernest Cabrera, stated that the new launcher is amazing to begin fresh activities on Chrome OS such as launching apps or performing Google search. Your Chromebook will pull up suggestions from your search history, bookmarks, frequently-visited sites, and—of course—Google’s auto-suggestions from the Internet and Chrome Web Store. After that, you will need to restart and then click on “check for and apply updates.” Chrome Launcher 2.0 basically looks more like a new tab on your Chrome browser than the traditional one that users have come to expect.

If one is an Android fan and one does not know Google Now still, one can know that it tracks activity using other Google software and also formulates what one may require for the future. After using this method to navigate the web, Windows or OS X will suddenly start to feel slower by comparison… though the Chrome app launcher offers the same functionality on those operating systems. If one puts a location in the calendar for meeting, Google Now would remind a person when its time to go depending on the time it would be taking to drive there. The keyboard commands are pretty straightforward: Use the forward slash for fractions and division, the x for multiplication, and the period for decimals.

There are also several recognizable voice commands that will perform a function, such as setting a timer, or creating a reminder that will sync to Chrome on any device. For example, when you right-click (accomplished by tapping two fingers on the Chromebook trackpad) on an app’s icon, you’ll find some additional options. You can open a Chrome app in its own window, for instance, which is useful if you want a desktop-type experience by having different apps and web services running discretely.

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