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Why does Google Chrome keeps on crashing on my Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and how do I fix it?

There are several reasons why a pre-installed app like the Google Chrome crashes even on a premium phone like the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. Sometime it’s due to a minor problem with the app itself and there are times when the problem is just one of the symptoms or results of a more serious firmware-related issue. It’s difficult to pinpoint what the cause is without doing some troubleshooting procedures.

So, in this post, I will walk you through in troubleshooting your Galaxy S9 Plus. Let’s consider every possibility and rule them out one by one until we can determine what the problem is and how to deal with it. App-related problems aren’t really that complicated. You may be able to fix it on your own without asking for help. So, continue reading as this article may be able to help you one way or another.

Before going further, if you found this post because you were trying to find a solution to your problem, then try to visit our troubleshooting page as we’ve already addressed most of the commonly reported issues with the phone. We’ve already provided solutions to some of the problems reported by our readers so try to find issues that are similar with yours and use the solutions we suggested. If they don’t work for you and if you need further assistance, fill up our Android issues questionnaire and hit submit.

How to troubleshoot Galaxy S9 Plus with Chrome browser that keeps crashing

The course of our troubleshooting will be to rule out the possibility that it is just a minor problem with the app and then we’ll move on to more complicated procedures that have direct impact on the firmware if the problem continues. So, with all that being said, here’s what you should do about this problem:

First solution: Restart your Galaxy S9 Plus

It is very important that you try doing this especially if it’s the first time you encounter the problem because there’s always a possibility that it’s just a result of a very minor glitch in either the app or the system. Try rebooting your phone normally and then open Chrome once the device becomes active. If the problem continues after this, then try the Forced Reboot.

Press and hold the volume down and power keys together for 10 seconds or more. It will refresh your device’s memory and reload all its apps and services. If it’s just a problem with the app or due to a minor glitch, then this procedure is enough to fix it. However, if the issue continues after this, then move on to the next solution.

Second solution: Reboot your Galaxy S9 in Safe Mode

The purpose of this procedure is determine if the problem is caused by one or some of the third-party applications you installed. Because if it is, then the problem is much easier to fix because just have to get rid of the app that’s causing the issue and that’s it! By running your phone in safe mode, you’re temporarily disabling all third-party apps. If Chrome doesn’t crash while in this mode, it means there’s a third-party app that’s causing the problem that’s why it’s very important to do this.

  1. Turn the device off.
  2. Press and hold the Power key past the model name screen appearing on the screen.
  3. When SAMSUNG appears on the screen, release the Power key.
  4. Immediately after releasing the Power key, press and hold the Volume down key.
  5. Continue to hold the Volume down key until the device finishes restarting.
  6. When Safe mode appears in the bottom left corner of the screen, release the Volume down key.

Assuming that the app no longer crashes while in this mode, then next thing you should do is find out which of your apps is causing the problem and uninstall it.

  1. From the Home screen, swipe up on an empty spot to open the Apps tray.
  2. Tap Settings > Apps.
  3. Tap the desired application in the default list.
  4. To display preinstalled apps, tap Menu > Show system apps.
  5. Tap UNINSTALL > OK.

However, if Chrome still crashes while in safe mode, then you need to do the next procedure.

Third solution: Clear Chrome’s Cache and Data

This will reset the app back to its default settings as well as delete all its caches and data files that may be corrupt. It is imperative that you do this procedure after the first two methods failed because we still haven’t ruled out the possibility that it’s just an issue with the app. Here’s how you do it:

  1. From the Home screen, swipe up on an empty spot to open the Apps tray.
  2. Tap Settings > Apps.
  3. Find and tap Chrome.
  4. To display preinstalled apps, tap Menu > Show system apps.

You may reboot your phone to refresh its memory and then try to open Chrome to see if the problem still happens and if it still does, then you have to move on to the next procedure.

Fourth solution: Master Reset

Chrome is a pre-installed application and you cannot just uninstall it like what you can do with third parties. At this point, it’s better to reset the phone as you may be facing a firmware issue and a reset will surely fix it. However, make sure to make a backup of your important files and data before doing so as they will be deleted and you may not be able to retrieve them once they’re deleted. Here’s how you reset your phone:

  1. Back up data on the internal memory. If you have signed into a Samsung account on the device, you have activated Anti-theft and will need your Samsung credentials to finish the master reset.
  2. Turn off the device.
  3. Press and hold the Volume Up key and the Bixby key, then press and hold the Power key.
  4. When the green Android logo displays, release all keys (‘Installing system update’ will show for about 30 – 60 seconds before showing the Android system recovery menu options).
  5. Press the Volume down key several times to highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset’.
  6. Press Power button to select.
  7. Press the Volume down key until ‘Yes — delete all user data’ is highlighted.
  8. Press Power button to select and start the master reset.
  9. When the master reset is complete, ‘Reboot system now’ is highlighted.
  10. Press the Power key to restart the device.

I hope that this simple troubleshooting guide can help you fix the problem with your phone. If you have other issues you want to share with us, feel free to contact us anytime or leave a comment below.

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How To Change Language In Google Chrome

Google Chrome has come a long way since its initial release in 2008. Back then the most popular browser was Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Today, Chrome holds a 66% worldwide usage of browsers for the desktop platform while holding a commanding 56% share on all platforms combined. If you own an Android smartphone then chances are it will come pre-installed with the Chrome browser.

Since you will most likely be using Google Chrome on your phone it’s best to know about its features in order to make full use of the browser. The first time that you will use this browser it will choose the language which it thinks that you would like to use. While it gets this right often there are times when you want to use the browser with a different language setting. To change the language setting of this browser just follow the steps listed below.

  • Open the Google Chrome browser. Go to the menu button on the top right side of the window. This is represented by three dots.
  • Go to Settings
  • On Settings go to the Advanced option which should be located at the bottom of the list.
  • Go to languages
  • Choose from the available list of languages that you want to use. You can also add a new language by clicking on the “Add languages”option. There is also a way for Chrome to translate webpages to the language of your choice. Make sure to enable this feature by placing a check on the “Offer to translate pages in this language option”
  • Once you have completed your choice you can close the Settings tab or exit from the browser. Your settings will automatically be saved.

Verizon Galaxy Note 5 mobile data not working when used on T-Mobile network, other issues

Here’s another short collection of #GalaxyNote5 issues we’ve come across so far. As usual, these are problems reported by our readers for the past few days. Continue to watch out for the coming of similar articles in the near future.



These are the specific topics we cover in this material today:

  1. Galaxy Note 5 loses network signal in certain location
  2. Verizon Galaxy Note 5 mobile data not working when used on T-Mobile network
  3. Galaxy Note 5 keeps freezing
  4. Galaxy Note 5 lost photos and videos after a restart
  5. How to import bookmarks to Chrome on Galaxy Note 5
  6. Galaxy Note 5 fast charging not working | Galaxy Note 5 not charging properly

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Problem #1: Galaxy Note 5 loses network signal in certain location

I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 from Sprint and until recently i have had no issues. One of my friends moved into a neighborhood close by recently and i like to visit them, but the problem is that as soon as i enter the neighborhood my signal pretty much vanishes. I’ve walked around the entire thing and the signal comes and goes but mostly gone. As soon as i walk to the road i get it back. It says i have 1-2 bars of LTE in the neighborhood but nothing works. I’ve tried calling Sprint and spent hours on Google. Any advice on how to increase/fix my signal in this spot would help. P.S. there are no large buildings around, just normal houses. — Unholygod91

Solution: Hi Unholygod91. If your device loses cellphone signal only in a certain area, there are two likely reasons for that. One is that your carrier’s coverage in that area is really weak or non-existent at all. Try using another phone using the same network and check if the second device encounters the same problem. You can also ask some people around if they’re having the same problems as yours. If the issue also occurs on the second phone, then you can assume that said location receives poor coverage.

The other reason can be due to signal jammers. Although signal jammers are generally illegal in many countries, anyone with access to some online sites can easily buy one. There are even some sites that offer guides how to build a DIY signal jammer. If you think a particular area is being signal jammed, report the issue to your carrier so they can send someone to check the airwaves. Signal jammers can be detected by spectrum analyzer kit but most of them costs thousands of dollars in the least. Your local wireless network installer may be equipped with a spectrum analyzer so try to report the issue to proper channels so it can be addressed.

Problem #2: Verizon Galaxy Note 5 mobile data not working when used on T-Mobile network

I have a Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 5. That is supposedly unlocked. T-Mobile is my provider. I get Phone service and some Texts. But internet access is not working. Also some of the texts I receive say they are a download. But when I click to download them nothing happens, they do not download. T-Mobile does show in the upper left corner. But I get a message that says SIM card is not from Verizon. I called T-Mobile to get their specific APN settings for my Phone/area etc. but it still does not work. 

A couple of suggestions I received: 

  • Get a Verizon SIM card and put it in. This will “re-activate” (whatever that means) the phone, which will then allow me to use it on another network.
  • Or that it may not really be unlocked so go online and purchase an unlocking code.

Would either of these 2 work? Any help/advice would be appreciated Thanks. — Neil

Solution: Hi Neil. If you mobile data does not work, the most likely problem is either incorrect APN settings or a T-Mobile account issue. Although Verizon uses CDMA technology, most of their devices including the Galaxy Note 5 has a SIM card (CDMA phones does not need a SIM card to work). The SIM card slot is needed so that the device can use LTE technology. Verizon phones are generally network unlocked the moment you turn it on, which means they can readily be used with other networks as long as they met certain conditions detailed in this page. Make sure that your Galaxy Note 5 was in good standing with Verizon before it was sold or given to you. Devices reported as lost, stolen, or associated with a fraudulent activity may be blacklisted and may not work properly with another network.

Basically, a Galaxy Note 5 is LTE ready and no code is necessary to unlock this functionality. Inserting an LTE-capable SIM card on it should work right away.

Since you’re now in T-Mobile network, the only things that you want to make sure includes the following:

  • the phone must have the correct APN settings from T-Mobile
  • the SIM card must be working
  • your T-Mobile account must have mobile data enabled

All these things can only be checked by T-Mobile. Make sure that you call them.

Problem #3: Galaxy Note 5 keeps freezing

Hello. I’m confused and lost on what to do with my Samsung Note 5 right now. Out of nowhere the phone started to freeze for long periods of time and as the day progressed it would be longer periods of freezing with the phone restarting for no reason. It’s starting to freeze midway on the screen when it is turning on. Once in a while before these major issues the phone would freeze but for like a second or a few a things a time but this was rare. Now it’s at the point that it’s so bad that I can’t barely even use my phone properly.

At first when the freezing was getting longer (before the phone starting restarting), I tried to check if the phone has any viruses or anything and clear out any possible cache on the device which did not work. The phone has no microSD as well.

After trying to restarting to see if the phone would stop freezing it didn’t stop it. I decided to do a factory reset twice on the phone and it’s still continuing these problems. I have no idea if it’s the current software that’s causing my phone to crash this bad or what.

All these experiences of the phone acting up has been throughout once (for the severe major freezing and restarting). I honestly have no idea what to do I tried about everything. I feel I will try to call Samsung as well but I honestly don’t think I’ll get far with that.. I hope you can help. — S

Solution: Hi S. if factory resetting the device twice did not fix the issue, the problem is clearly not software in nature (assuming you tried to observe the phone for at least a day before installing any app). Call Samsung and let them take a look. If the phone is still in warranty, simply ask for a replacement instead.

Problem #4: Galaxy Note 5 lost photos and videos after a restart

Please help. I’m very upset… I have a Samsung Note 5 with Sprint. I took an important 5min video on my phone for work. it was in my gallery along with other photos viewable. I was trying to get those files onto my PC when it wasn’t allowing me to view files through my computer. I had my phone set up to tether internet onto my computer, so I deactivated the debug for USB through the developer setting, restarted the phone. That didn’t help so I turned USB debugging back on and restarted again and that time my restart stalled on a white screen and then black for quite a few minutes. When I turned it back on I was able to open files on my computer but the pictures and videos had disappeared. The camera app now says no items in Gallery. I deleted nothing. I need my videos and pictures back. I tried restarting the restarting and it stalled again few times. I plugged my phone in to charge. Nothing has worked to bring back my videos and pictures. The only ones that show are a few old internet downloads and phone default photos when I open the Gallery app. Please help, what can I do to recover my videos and photos without losing them? The video was the last thing I took and the most important that I need back. Thanks! — Brittni

Solution: Hi Brittni. It’s hard to determine if those files you lost can still be recovered at this time given the limited information we have. If you can’t find them in the Gallery right now, they were most likely deleted accidentally for some reason, or moved somewhere else. Unfortunately, knowing where the said files are impossible to find out as there’s no way to trace the activities of your device that leads to the disappearance.

If those files were initially saved in your phone’s primary memory, try checking all folders in your SD card. If you can’t find them in the SD card, they may still be in the phone memory (unless they were deleted for good).

We advise against using third party services in trying to recover lost files as they don’t usually end up well but it may be your only chance. If you’re willing to spend a few hundred bucks to try to recover those files, use Google to look for reputable third party file recovery services. Keep in mind that file recovery is a tricky business. Even with advanced software, file recovery may still end up with nothing.

Problem #5: How to import bookmarks to Chrome on Galaxy Note 5

Hi…I’m not sure if my issue is an Android issue or a Google Chrome issue. I have a Galaxy Note 5 and it has 2 browsers — the android one and google chrome. What I want to do is export my Chrome bookmarks to either my other browser or if that’s not possible, then just to put it some place on the phone, but I can’t figure out how to do that.

There is no option for exporting bookmarks in the Chrome mobile browser and no import option in the other browser. At least not from the phone. I’ve read you can do it from a desktop computer but I don’t have one. All I have is my phone to access the internet. I really hope you can help. This can’t be an impossible task, right? Or if you know of an app that might help. Or even if you can just maybe point me in the right direction I will be forever grateful. Thank you so much. — Rebecca

Solution: Hi Rebecca. Exporting, importing, backing up, and restoring folder structure (like the one you use when managing bookmarks on a PC) is not supported by Google Chrome and Samsung browsers so you can’t bring over your Chrome bookmarks to your Note 5.

If you want to have an HTML copy of your Chrome bookmarks in your phone, you must first export the said bookmarks using your computer and transfer the said HTML file somewhere in your Note 5. This doesn’t mean however that you can see the bookmarks in your Chrome browser.  You must have a separate set of bookmarks in your Android Chrome app to enjoy the bookmarks feature.

To export Chrome bookmarks in your computer, follow these steps:

  • Open Chrome.
  • At the top right, click Menu Menu.
  • Select Bookmarks and then Bookmark Manager.
  • In the manager, click the “Organize” menu.
  • Select Export bookmarks.

Problem #6: Galaxy Note 5 fast charging not working | Galaxy Note 5 not charging properly

My phone was working fine with fast charging capability for like 6 months without problem when all of sudden it become strange. the charging icon appear will it disconnected, not charging smoothly, charging with some charger then refuse to charge with same charger and charge with other charger. fast charging does not work at all in spite it working with my mother note 4 smoothly before.

One time it was switched off while I was in examination and if I tried to switch it on battery with charging mark appear and start to charge while it not connected. Can you help me with this as I try many chargers with same problem? — Dr. Mbamakesh

Solution: Hi Dr. Mbamakesh. The first thing you want to do is to check if a third party app is to blame. You can do that by booting the device in safe mode. If charging works normally while safe mode is enabled, uninstall apps until the issue is eliminated. To boot in safe mode, follow these steps:

  • Turn off the phone completely.
  • Press and hold the Power key.
  • Once ‘Samsung Galaxy Note5’ shows, release the Power key and immediately press and hold the Volume Down button.
  • The phone will restart but keep the Volume Down button pressed.
  • Once the phone has finished restarting, ‘Safe mode’ will be display in the lower-left corner of the screen.
  • You may now release the Volume Down button.

Should the issue stay even while in safe mode, don’t hesitate to do a factory reset. This will help you determine if the current operating system is the cause. Here’s how:

  • Turn off your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 completely.
  • Press and hold the Volume Up and the Home buttons first, and then press and hold the Power key.
  • Keep the three buttons pressed and when ‘Samsung Galaxy Note5’ shows, release the Power key but continue holding the other two.
  • Once the Android logo shows, release both the Volume Up and Home buttons.
  • The notice ‘Installing system update’ will show on the screen for 30 to 60 seconds before the Android system recovery screen is shown with its options.
  • Use the Volume Down key to highlight the option ‘Yes — delete all user data’ and press the Power key to select it.
  • When the process is complete, use the Volume Down key to highlight the option ‘Reboot system now’ and hit the Power key to restart the phone.
  • The reboot may take a little longer to complete but don’t worry and wait for the device to become active.

Once you’ve reset the device, make sure to observe it for a day without installing any app. If the problem continues, consider calling Samsung to get a replacement.


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New Chrome browser vulnerability could let hackers take control of any Android phone with a link


Developers are always finding for ways to penetrate the defenses of mobile devices and their security gateways. #Android is often the preferred target, which has allowed #Google to make necessary changes to the system accordingly. Japan is hosting the MobilePwn2Own developer hackathon which encourages devs to break into browsers and mobile operating systems.

A security researcher named Guang Gong has now managed to uncover a Chrome browser exploit that could break into practically any Android device with the help of a simple link. He managed to break into a Nexus 6 running Google’s Project Fi network to demonstrate the vulnerability.

Gong said – “As soon as the phone accessed the website the JavaScript v8 vulnerability in Chrome was used to install an arbitrary application (in this case a BMX Bike game) without any user interaction to demonstrate complete control of the phone.”

The vuln being in recent version of Chrome should work on all Android phones; we were checking his exploit specifically but you could recode it for any Android target since he was hitting the JavaScript engine.”

This is a major find by Gong and has fetched him a trip to the CanSecWest conference in 2016. It is hoped that Google will take note of this issue and fix it accordingly.

Via: The Register

Google refutes rumors of Chrome OS and Android merging

Chrome Logo

Chrome Logo

There was talk recently that #Google would be looking to merge #Android and #ChromeOS by 2017. Having heard this report countless times on the internet over the weekend, Google has now uploaded a lengthy post explaining their stance on the matter. The company has categorically mentioned that Chrome OS will remain to function independently for the foreseeable future with no plans of merging it with Android anytime soon.

Google is clearly quite confident about the potential of Chrome OS, which is understandable given the strides it has taken in the notebook segment. While in theory, it made complete sense to merge Chrome and Android (well, most of us want it to happen), it’s good to see Google making its stance pretty clear on the matter.

Google also took this opportunity to mention that Chromebooks are the highest selling laptops on Amazon, thus justifying its decision to stick with Chrome OS. While it might be a possibility that the two might merge sometime soon, we can rule it out for the foreseeable future.

Source: Google For Work

HP releases new Chromebook 14 for $249.99

HP Chromebook 14

HP Chromebook 14

Google’s #Chromebook started off as a niche product but has since been available more freely. Multiple manufacturers have partnered with Google to launch Chromebooks since then and we’ve seen a variety of devices fitting a wide range of market segments. HP has now released a new budget Chromebook for the markets called the Chromebook 14, carrying a price tag of $249.99.

This comes with the new Intel Celeron N2840 processor and a standard HD resolution display, which is understandable given the price tag. But if you’re looking for a better display panel, HP is also offering the Chromebook 14 in a Full HD display model, so you don’t have to settle for a sub-par display if you’re willing to shell out $30 more.

The Chromebook 14 also has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a full sized HDMI port, one USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0 ports under the hood. The company also promises a longer battery life here compared to the predecessor. Customers can purchase the new Chromebook 14 in Turbo Silver and Sky Blue color variants starting November 8. Select retailers in the U.S. will carry the device, including the Google Store.

Via: Engadget

Google officially shutting down Chrome Notification Center

Chrome Logo

Chrome Logo

#Google #Chrome Notification Center is quite a handy tool which lets users keep a tab on notifications from extensions and other tools that they have installed on their browser. The Mountain View giant has now announced that this feature will be shut down soon, citing lack of interest among existing customers.

As of now, Google hasn’t specified as to when the Notification Center will disappear, but it could well be a gradual process. Developers have been advised to modify their apps so that notifications are no longer directed towards the Notification Center.

It is hoped that Google offers an alternative option to this so that users who are currently relying on the service are not left in the dark. While it might not make sense to a lot of users, Google’s decision to cease development of the service altogether is understandable, especially since there aren’t a lot of users out there.

Do you agree with Google’s decision? Sound off in the comments section below.

Source: Chromium Blog

Via: Android Headlines

New Chrome extension fills blank browser tabs with art

Google Chrome Tabs

Folks at the Google Art Project have introduced a new Chrome extension which fills unused browser tabs with artwork. Users can pick from a variety of art, ranging from historic moments (photographs), world wonders etc.

After installing this extension, you will notice an artwork every time a new tab is opened. You can find a small icon on the bottom right corner of the browser on this tab, which is your link to the top sites. This is based on the frequency of your visits to those sites, assuming you don’t erase your browsing history.

I personally like the idea of getting something more out of the browser and be treated to something beautiful rather than a dull white page. If you choose to be shown artwork, you can find works from the likes of Vincent Van Gogh, Jacob van Hulsdonck, Claude Monet, Cézanne and many more. The developers would love your feedback, so make sure you give it a go from the link below.

Source: Chrome Web Store

Via: The Verge

Google Stopping Updates For Chrome On Ice Cream Sandwich At v42

Chrome On Sony Xperia Z3

Google originally released Chrome for Android on Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) way back in February 2012. Now, with Ice Cream Sandwich’s marketshare at 5.9%, Google will no longer provide Android updates to that version of the platform. Google gave this reason as to why there will no longer be updates:

“In the last year, we’ve seen the number of Chrome users running ICS drop by thirty percent. Developing new features on older phones has become increasingly challenging, and supporting ICS takes time away from building new experiences on the devices owned by the vast majority of our users. So, with Chrome’s 42nd release, we’ll stop updating Chrome on ICS devices. After Chrome 42, users on ICS devices can continue to use Chrome but won’t get further updates.”

So if you’re still clinging to a device that runs Ice Cream Sandwich, no more updates to Chrome will be provided. The current stable version of v40 and the beta version is v41, so it’s not long until v42 rolls out to users on Jelly Bean or newer.

Source: Google via Android Central

Google Switching Web Engines To Get Faster Browsing In Chrome

Chrome Icon

Starting in a few weeks, Google will be switching web rendering engines from SPDY to HTTP/2. With this switch, Google says that this will result in faster web browsing.

For those unfamiliar with these protocols, they are for networking on the Internet. The current protocol for HTTP browsing is HTTP 1.1. Google was the primary developer behind the competing SPDY standard, but it seems they are abandoning it for the standard the industry is choosing, HTTP/2. Google has stated the following on their blog:

“HTTP/2’s primary changes from HTTP/1.1 focus on improved performance. Some key features such as multiplexing, header compression, prioritization and protocol negotiation evolved from work done in an earlier open, but non-standard protocol named SPDY. Chrome has supported SPDY since Chrome 6, but since most of the benefits are present in HTTP/2, it’s time to say goodbye. We plan to remove support for SPDY in early 2016, and to also remove support for the TLS extension named NPN in favor of ALPN in Chrome at the same time. Server developers are strongly encouraged to move to HTTP/2 and ALPN.”

So as the new standard will result in faster web browsing, which all the Chrome users should appreciate.

Source: Chromium Blog via Android Central

Google updates Hangouts app for Windows and Chrome OS with a new Phone tab and improved notifications

Hangouts Screenshot

Hangouts Logo

Google has just announced an update for the Hangouts app on Windows and Chrome OS running machines. This update finally brings partially improved notifications and more importantly, a never before seen phone icon in one of the tabs.

This should let users make calls to their Google Voice contacts directly through the desktop, thus saving time. Even text messages can be sent using this tab from the computer, so it’s a pretty nifty addition provided you have a Google Voice account.

Hangouts Screenshot

Google is asking users to reload the apps on their Chrome OS or Windows computers to see the new changes. So make sure you do that and let us know what you think of the additions Google has made. Some of the complaints with the Hangouts app still remain unresolved which has led to most users using the Chrome extension of Hangouts instead. Google is expected to make more changes to the app in the coming days.

Source: +MayurKamat – Google+

Via: Android Central

Users will get access to Google Now notifications from the desktop version of Chrome

Chrome Google Now

Chrome Google Now

Google is bringing an update to the desktop version of the Chrome browser with the ability to view Google Now notifications. This means that you can track current events, check the weather or see which of your favorite sports teams are playing right within your browser on the computer.

The update is rolling out gradually and could take a while to reach the entirety of the Chrome users, but Google assures that it’s on its way. Users will not have to do anything out of the ordinary after the update as everything takes care of itself once it goes live.

The browser will provide details based on the Google account you’ve used to sign into Chrome. Like you can see from the screenshot above, it won’t be too flashy or come in the way of your existing tabs. It will merely be a dropdown menu which can be seen at any convenient time.

This is a nifty addition to millions of Chrome users around the world who also rely on Google Now for information on current events and several other important data.

Source: +Chrome – Google Plus

Via: Android Guys

Google Chromecast Chrome Extension now available to Download


Most of you guys don’t have the Chromecast dongle yet, but the Chrome extension is now available for download through the Chrome web store. As mentioned in the extension description, the extension will allow you to cast your Chrome browser through the Chromecast dongle.

Of course, this extension is free, and the dongle will cost you $35 and comes with 3 months of free Netflix. We’ve already got one on the way, so we’ll make sure to do a full hands on and review once it arrives on our doorstep.

Source: Chrome Web Store

Google unveils Chromecast, the second shot in TV



Chromecast is the new way for users to connect their phone, tablet or laptop to the TV simply. Google revealed the 2-inch dongle, when plugged into the TVs HDMI port, it connects to the home WiFi and from there users can “cast” programs on YouTube, Netflix, Google Play Movies and music from Google Play Music and Pandora onto the TV.

This is not a mirroring program either, once the user has cast a program, it will automatically send it to the cloud, YouTube will then stream it to the TV. If the phone, tablet or laptop goes into sleep mode, it will continue to stream all the content the user has already selected to be streamed.

Google will not keep this for Android devices only, with YouTube for iOS working with the casting feature. Chrome on Windows and Mac will work too and users can take web pages and cast them to the TV. This means if a user is watching Lord of the Rings on the browser, they could cast it to the TV for better surround sound.

Chromecast is Google’s second attempt with the TV service, with the Nexus Q getting thrown in the trash alongside Google Reader. We do believe they have a big chance this time however, for $35, anyone can pick up the dongle, provided they are in the US.

Google has said they will work with partners to get more apps onto Chromecast. Google offers a Google Cast SDK out, developers can add this to their app and we do not believe it is just for Android, we are likely to see iOS, Chrome and maybe even Mac and Windows apps capable of using the SDK.