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  • Watch: Here’s how Chromebooks run Android apps from Play Store

    Google made tech headlines when it announced that the Play Store was coming to its Chromebook laptops. But how will it all work? Fortunately, the Mountain View firm has published a YouTube video (spotted by Android Central), outlining the process. The video shows the Play Store working like a normal Chromebook program, with Google's Kan Liu saying that it would function like any other Android device. Want to install an app? Then merely hit the "install" button and track the progress via the Chrome OS notification centre. Liu said that general Android app notifications would "seamlessly" open in the Chrome OS notification centre. Chromebooks have a reputation for being...

  • 3 features we’d love to see arrive in Android N

    Although Android's market share is tipping the scales at 61%, the operating system still needs some serious polish. Bigger manufacturers can develop their own solutions to the annoying quirks on Android, but the lesser, budget-orientated makers have to just suck it up. And worst of all, so do their users. So how can Google improve Android? We look at three features we hope Google addresses in the latest build of Android, Android N. A solid camera app Let's face it, Google's default camera app sucks. You could download third party replacements like Open Camera, but why do users have to? The default...

  • Windows 7, Windows 8.1 gets new ‘Service Pack’, bundled update scheme detailed

    The still widely used duo of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are both getting a simplified updates scheme, Microsoft today announced. The Redmond company currently has its flagship Windows 10 OS to market and maintain, but thankfully, it's not forgetting about the near 57% of the desktop user base still on the company's two legacy OSes. As a result, it's making updates a much less painful event each and every month. But first, what about the older updates? Microsoft has a plan for that too. The 'convenience rollup' Taking to the TechNet Blog, Microsoft rep Nathan Mercer explained the changes: We’re happy to announce...

  • Windows 10 Build 14342 brings Microsoft Edge extensions support

    If you happen to be a Windows 10 Insider -- a consumer who receives the latest pre-release Windows 10 builds -- you'd have received the latest build this week, labelled 14342. Launched today, the company's latest batch of operating system code includes a number of new features that give us a glimpse into what we can expect for the OS's Anniversary Update arriving later this year. The biggest revelation? Microsoft Edge now support extensions. It's a big one, especially considering that it was Edge's major weakness against the likes of Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox. But don't expect a swathe of new...

  • Windows 10: free upgrade ends 29 July, costs $119 thereafter

    There's some big Windows 10 news in the wild today, so let's get right into it. Microsoft's latest operating system is slowly eking towards its one billion devices in three years target, as 300-million machines are now using the OS, according to the company's CVP of Windows, Yusuf Medhi. That's quite a large number, but according to Net Applications represents only about 15% of the world's desktop PCs. Note, that the 300-million figure does include all devices though (smartphones, tablets, elevators, etc). "We’re seeing people at home, at schools, at small businesses, at large companies, and other organizations adopt Windows 10 faster...

  • Google Play Store to hit Chrome OS?

    Google's Chrome OS has become a worthwhile alternative to Windows for some users, offering a fast, cloud-based platform for computers. But Google is planning to up the ante in a big way if a redditor's find is to be believed. Reddit user TheWiseYoda found a tickbox titled "enable Android Apps to run on your Chromebook". The tickbox disappears after a second, but the user was able to screengrab the reference nonetheless. The user also found strings referencing the Google Play Store, along with the tagline "Over a million apps and games now available on your Chromebook". A second redditor dug a little deeper and...