It has taken nearly a year to arrive but Chrome is finally available in VR on the Google Daydream headset. The news came earlier today from Google and so long as you have the latest version of Chrome for Android, you can strap on your Daydream headset and you will see Chrome as an app available to use.
Google actually started working on Chrome in VR way back with the Chrome 61 release. That was back in September 2017 and to this point has only worked in the Chrome for Android Canary and Dev versions of the app.
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Google has announced a change that will impact how Chrome or Google account stored credit card information is accessed for online payments. Beginning in Chrome 70, Google is requiring sites to link the PaymentRequests API to Google Pay to access this information. This is due to Google moving to the standards based Payment Handler API in Chrome 68, which was just released this week. That API allows browsers to link with digital payment providers, which Google now supports through Chrome and Google Pay.
With the announcement, it means that developers and sites will need to be updated by October 16th. That is the day that Chrome 70 is expected to be released to the various stable channels.
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Google in the process of doing a lot of revamp work on their apps and extensions. The Mountain View company has already moved a lot of their sites to a Material Design look and that process is set to continue over the course of the rest of this year. That also includes Chrome itself and that means that some extensions are going to be retired.
For a long time the company has had a Chrome Bookmark Manager plug in that brought a Material Design look and feel to the bookmarks manager in Chrome. Now that this look has moved into the built-in manager, there really isn’t a reason to have it anymore. Google, it seems, feels the same way.
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Another new build of Chrome 68 has arrived in the form of an update to the Chrome for Android Beta app. The new build is 68.0.3440.70 for those keeping score at home. This new update marks the fifth Chrome 68-based build for the Beta app in this current cycle.
For readers who may not know, anyone can download and install the Chrome for Android Beta app from the Play Store. No registration is required and you can have both the stable version and the beta version on your phone at the same time. Just keep in mind that the key word in all of this is “beta” so you could run into bugs or other odd behavior with the app as it goes through testing.
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Just in case you missed it, fundamentally because I certainly did, Spotify has released their Progressive Web App in Chrome and it is pretty darn good. Like other PWAs, you install it from the menu in Chrome 67 or later while on the Spotify web player page. This will install the app on your laptop so you can quickly access it with a single click.
For those of you who may not know what a Progressive Web App is exactly, it is a web page in an app-like experience. The idea being that you can install it instead of a full fledged app to and get that experience. Chrome 67 introduced support for Progressive Web Apps and you can install them in Chrome OS and other platforms.
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A new commit in the Chrome Gerrit is suggesting that Chrome Duplex, the new split menu view coming to Chrome for Android, is to be renamed Chrome Duet so as to avoid confusion with Google Duplex. Google Duplex, as you likely know, is the human sounding assistant that can call and make appointments for you through Google Assistant. Chrome Duplex is completely unrelated and has to do with a UI update for Chrome for Android, particularly for larger devices.
What Google is wanting to avoid is end users confusing the two duplex’s or assuming that they do the same thing – one on your phone and one in Chrome on your phone. They are two completely different technologies and thus a name change makes a lot of sense.
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If there was any doubt that Google is planning to make Linux available on a wide range of Chromebooks, a find by XDA Developers should put them to rest. The code snippet found in a Chromium commit has added 18 new Apollo Lake powered Chromebooks to Project Crostini, the codename for the project to add Linux to Chrome OS.
The new additions are Chromebooks from the likes of Acer, Dell, and Lenovo, offering a much broader group of devices that will be able to run Linux and, notably, not the upper end of processing power.
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