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The Chrome OS Wallpaper¹ API has now reached the Stable Channel. That means all Chrome Apps and Extensions can now take advantage of this cool API to change Chrome OS wallpaper.

So to celebrate that, here's a list below of some Chrome Apps I've created over the years when this API was still restricted to Dev Channel : 

Wallpapers+ Chrome App retrieves photos from Google+ and let you set them easily as your Chrome OS Wallpaper:
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/mhionpeefmohidemkepbndehdfakmkmf

"Set image as wallpaper" is a Chrome App which does exactly what it says: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/lbockjjhgkknbepadjhfcilapfmebckf/

Cam Wallpaper is a Chrome App which sets your webcam as your Wallpaper in Chrome OS: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/icpcebjlkbieaegkpmkcalmgafjnefek 

As usual, you'll find source code for all these apps on GitHub².

¹ https://developer.chrome.com/apps/wallpaper ² https://github.com/search?q=user%3Abeaufortfrancois+wallpaper

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/922343002/
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I dunno if it's a good thing. The playstore is full of wallpaper crapware that pretend to be real app... :D
We ll see tons of things like this  soon:
 " GTA V for Chrome!! (a wallpaper app)"
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The Chrome for iOS Team just announced that enthusiastic developers can now build an iOS App from the Chromium tree that actually lets you browse the web!

The new buildable¹ binary named "ios_web_shell" is a minimal wrapper around the web/ layer and paves the way for a potential iOS version of the recent² announcement about Chrome for Android now almost entirely open-source.

¹ https://sites.google.com/a/chromium.org/dev/developers/how-tos/build-instructions-ios
² https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/UuAThGHvuqx

Source: https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/forum/#!topic/chromium-dev/_oCObHu8SSg
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Now that Android has an evergreen web view, do you think Chrome for Android will eventually be like Chrome for iOS: a thin wrapper around the system web view?
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Chrome custom tabs are a brand new feature added in Chrome Dev Channel that give Android Apps more control over their web experience, and make transitions between native and web content more seamless without having to resort to a WebView.

Check out Google I/O Chrome custom tabs demo¹ for a quick overview and read the developer documentation² to get a full understanding.
A complete example is available on GitHub³ and covers UI customization, callback setup, pre-warming and pre-fetching, and lifecycle management. 

Last but not least, Chrome custom tabs are available on all of Chrome's supported Android versions (Jellybean onwards).

¹ https://youtu.be/7V-fIGMDsmE?t=3810
² https://developer.chrome.com/multidevice/android/customtabs
³ https://github.com/GoogleChrome/custom-tabs-client
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Does it work for services like 'Link Bubble'?
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Following the Chrome throbber animation¹, Download progress animation has been materialized in the latest chromium build².

¹ https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/LDeARtSJXqc
² https://download-chromium.appspot.com/

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1150123002
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+Norbert Rittel cool, one less extension for me
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Latest Chrome OS Dev Update exposes both received signal strength and transmitted power level for Bluetooth devices during discovery when using the Chrome bluetooth¹ API.

Hopefully developers will use these brand new fields when it comes to rank devices by proximity for instance. 

¹ https://developer.chrome.com/apps/bluetooth

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1133173002
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The fileSystemProvider API, used to create file systems that can be accessed from the Files App in Chrome OS, keeps getting better in the latest Dev Update. 

For instance, developers have now the ability to set "multiple_mounts" so that the Files App will allow you to add more than one mount points with the "Add new services" button. Basically, that means opening an app directly from there, instead of launching manually. 

Moreover, if developer specifies "configurable", then a menu item for configuring mount points will be rendered in the Files app.

Make sure you read the updated developer documentation¹ if you're planning to add these features to your Chrome App. I will as you can see² below ;)

¹ https://developer.chrome.com/apps/fileSystemProvider ² https://github.com/beaufortfrancois/cloud-storage-chrome-app/compare/addMultipleMounts

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1133013002
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+Richard Tan if your NAS drive supports SFTP, then you can use https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/sftp-file-system/ to connect, that works well for me. 
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Don't search further! +Yoichiro Tanaka has struck again and just released a brand new Chrome App that lets you mount and browse any SMB/CIFS file system in the Files App.

Give it a try now at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/smbcifs-file-system/mfhnnfciefdpolbelmfkpmhhmlkehbdf and give him a hug for his amazing work.
 
I'm very happy to announce that I have just released SMB/CIFS File System Provider implementation application. You can mount your file server based on SMB/CIFS protocol to the Files app directly. If you have Chromebook/Chromebox, try it soon!
Access a SMB/CIFS server directly from the Files app.
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+Sebastien LOPES
I could understand a consumer can cope with th limitations and wall garden of chromeOS but most of the comanies need some freedom to go further with Apps or just run anything they need. I see the security level than chromeos gives for a company though.
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As a heavy user of exotic characters, I enjoyed coding a tiny Chrome App that gives me access to more than 27K Unicode¹ characters I can copy/paste wherever I feel like.

Have fun while browsing ⓊⓃⒾⒸⓄⒹⒺ characters by blocks or simply search for them. As usual, source code is accessible² on GitHub so that everyone can have a look and fork/improve it.

Unicode Chrome App is available now for everyone at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ahgignikbpeboaanhpliahmojhiacjcn/

¹ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicode ² https://github.com/beaufortfrancois/unicode-chrome-app
Access all Unicode characters to copy/paste them wherever you feel like.
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This app is absolutely beautiful!
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Latest Dev Update features a new "Report abuse" checkbox in the extensions removal dialog so that you can tell to the Chrome Team why you uninstalled this extension.

Clicking on the "Remove" button when the checkbox is checked will actually open a new tab to the "Report Abuse" Chrome Web Store item page. 

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1131113003
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Are we going to get one for Plugins?
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Another¹ Rockchip RK3288 Chrome OS board codenamed Mickey has just popped up in the open-source Chromium OS repository.

¹ http://chrome.blogspot.fr/2015/03/more-chromebooks-for-everyone.html

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/271360
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Would be interested in a flip with a larger screen than 10".
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Dear developer, enjoy this geeky news! The Programmer Dvorak Keyboard Layout is now available in the latest Dev Update of Chrome OS.

Go to chrome://settings/languages, choose "English" language and check "Programmer Dvorak keyboard" to get started.

¹ http://www.kaufmann.no/roland/dvorak/

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1113683003
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Cool! I just learned how to type with dvorak on http://www.typingstudy.com, not it will be more useful :D
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"Aw, Snap!" and "He's dead, Jim" tabs are getting a minor redesign in the latest chromium build to make the layout more consistent with the other set of Error Interstitials such as SSL and Malware.

An easy way to see them is to open a new tab to chrome://kill and chrome://crash. You'll notice that icons are now identical - no funny kill-tab icon anymore: https://codereview.chromium.org/1129513002/diff/100001/chrome/app/theme/default_100_percent/common/killtab.png

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1129513002
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I thought it said Jim because that's my name...
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