Chrome is Getting the Ability To Play FLAC

Chrome is Getting the Ability To Play FLAC

Audiophiles are getting a new way to listen to one of the top formats for lossless music. From a report: Google has begun adding FLAC support to Chrome, and it should be rolling out to the masses very soon. FLAC support is already live in Chrome’s beta build and it’s live in the current version of Chrome OS, too. If you have local FLAC files or come across one on the web, the added support allows Chrome to open it up in a completely bare-bones music player that takes over the entire tab. It’s not exactly elegant, but it works. And it means that Mac users with Chrome installed will have an easy way to play back FLAC files should they come across one. While there are plenty of apps that can handle FLAC — VLC being a popular one — no native macOS app is capable of it. Windows 10, on the other hand, includes native support.

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Chrome OS could soon support always-listening keywords, may debut on the Samsung Chromebook Pro

Chrome OS could soon support always-listening keywords, may debut on the Samsung Chromebook Pro

Even though Andromeda is seemingly right around the corner, development on Chrome OS isn’t slowing down one bit. More and more Chromebooks are picking up Android apps, and new releases are on the way. One of those new releases that we’re excited for is the Samsung Chromebook Pro, and according to new evidence, it might be packing more features than expected.

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It’s official: Android apps and the Play Store are coming to Chrome

It’s official: Android apps and the Play Store are coming to Chrome

It looks like there’s a little tidbit of information that might have been originally planned for the keynote (pulled because of time restraints, maybe?). According to a session description now on the Google I/O website, Google “announced” today that the Google Play Store is coming to Chrome…

Today we announced that we’re adding the best mobile app experiences in the world, Android apps and the Google Play store, to the best browser in the world, Chrome! Come to this session and test your Android apps for Chrome OS. You will get hands on help from our friendly engineers on how to optimize your Android app for Chromebooks. Oh, and we will also be giving the first 50 developers to show up a free Chromebook so they can get a head start bringing their apps to Chrome!

This isn’t exactly surprising as we saw evidence that this was in the cards all the way back in April, but it’s cool nonetheless to see it become official. It looks like this session is going to involve Google showing devs how to test their Android apps on the desktop platform. Also worth noting: the first 50 devs to show up will get a free Chromebook.

We’re on the ground at the event now, so stay tuned as we learn more.

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Google wants to effectively kill Flash, Chrome will default to HTML5 by Q4 2016

Google wants to effectively kill Flash, Chrome will default to HTML5 by Q4 2016

Google wields a lot of influence on the web as the developer of the most popular desktop browser in the world. As detailed in a draft proposal (via Venture Beat), the company wants to effectively kill Flash by blocking the plugin and prioritizing HTML5 by the end of the year.

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Filed under: Apps and Updates, Chrome/OS Tagged: Adobe Flash, Chrome, Flash Player, Google Chrome, HTML5