Project Crostini getting Linux app notifications in Chrome OS

Linux apps are getting the same treatment as those that run Android when it comes to notifications on a Chromebook. The backend solution is slightly different but will be just as useful when it arrives in Chrome OS.

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Chrome OS 70 to transform tablets with a smart auto-switch to desktop mode

Using a Chrome tablet or detachable Chromebook as a single, main computing device becomes much more feasible with its ability to smartly switch between tablet and desktop mode when using an external display.

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Support for native SMB network shares in Chrome OS is moving along quickly now

Native support for SMB file shares was spotted in March but the Chromium team is making quick headway now towards adding the function to Chromebooks. Enterprises will also have a policy to enable or disable shared location discovery on the network.

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Google One cloud storage is available for all today

Google One storage was an invite-only but as of today, Google says it’s available for all in the U.S. Even better: there are few more goodies for Google One users.

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How to install Excel for Android on a Chromebook (for now)

Months after it was first reported, it appears Microsoft is fixing the Excel for Android incompatibility issues on Chromebooks. The long term fix is rolling out now but if you can’t wait, here’s a short term solution.

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How to easily install Debian Linux packages directly from the Chrome OS Files app

Debian Linux package installations from within the Chrome OS Files app is a smart move by Google because it doesn’t assume any familiarity with the Linux command line. It’s quick and easy: Here’s how to use it.

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Chromebooks getting lock screen notifications similar to Android

Similar to the lock screen on Android, you’ll soon see incoming notifications when your Chromebook is locked. For now, it’s just a basic on or off option but hopefully, we’ll be able to customize notifications a little more.

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Can you happily use a Chromebook and an iPhone? Yup.

When I’m out working with my Pixelbook and iPhone X, people often come up to me and ask: “How can you use an iPhone with a Chromebook?” It’s actually pretty easy and not that bad of an experience.

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Proposed API would bring notification badges to Android and web apps on Chromebooks

To make Chrome OS and PWAs display more similarly to native or mobile apps, the Chromium team has proposed a new API that adds notification badges to Android and web apps on Chrome OS devices.

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Chromebooks will be able to install Debian apps (packages) through native Files app

Currently, all Linux packages for Project Crostini on Chrome OS are installed directly in a command line interface, which can be clunky for those new to Linux. Google is simplifying the process directly through the native Files app.

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Google’s time saving Chromebook Grab and Go solution available to businesses

Google’s internal Grab and Go project that provides ready to go Chromebooks in the case of a device swap is available for enterprises. Grab and Go reduces employee downtime while also maintaining data security thanks to Chrome OS.

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