Google Photos may be coming to the Chrome OS Files app on Chromebooks, but there’s a catch

After decoupling Google Photos and Google Drive, Chromebook users have been left in the lurch: How to view Photos in the Chrome OS Files app? Code suggests Google is working on this but you’ll need Photos for Android installed.

How to install Linux apps on a Chromebook without ever touching Linux

Although the feature has been around since August of 2018, many Chromebook users don’t know that in some cases you can install a Linux app without actually using Linux. Here’s how.

How to work offline effectively with a Chromebook

Between offline file synchronization, Android and Linux apps, and smart prepping, you can do more than ever with a Chromebook when you’re not online. Here are 4 strategies from ComputerWorld and 2 of my own to make it happen.

Chrome OS launcher function to search for Linux app installs postponed

After nearly 5 months of inactivity, code efforts to bring Linux app installation searches to the Chrome OS launcher have been paused. For now, you’ll need to find Linux apps for your Chromebook the old-fashioned way: Googling for them.

Chrome OS 75 Stable version arrives: Here’s what you need to know

Chrome OS 75 was released to the Stable Channel today and includes a number of new features, such as USB support for Android debugging in Linux, reader mode for web pages, and the recently discovered Files app support for cloud storage via installed Android apps.

Chrome OS 75 mounts third-party Android cloud storage to the native Files app on Chromebooks

Using OneDrive, a NAS, or some other cloud storage with your Chromebook? Chrome OS 75 will make it easier to access that data by mounting it to your Files when you install the Android app for those services.

Proposed Chrome OS 78 change will use the Files app to restore Linux containers on Chromebooks

Chrome OS 74 added Linux container backup & restore functionality to Chromebooks but it’s tucked away in the Settings. It may be moving to the native Files app, which is a more intuitive location for the restore.

Chrome OS 75 for enterprise brings Linux container VPN, PIN code for printing and more

Chrome OS 75 is available for enterprise Chromebook customers, bringing improved network security, Android device access over USB in Linux and more printer controls.

Chrome OS 74 Stable version arrives: Here’s what you need to know

Chrome OS 74 has launched on the Stable Channel with a list of 8 key changes. As is often the case, there’s more in here than the “official” list, such as Crostini backup and restore for Linux containers on Chromebooks.

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