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Chrome OS could soon have full Google Play Store support

Chrome OS could soon have full Google Play Store support

To many, it didn't make sense for Google to have different but related and practically competing operating systems. Some of those wished the two would merge, for the benefit of all but mostly for the Chrome OS users. Nearly two years ago, Google stirred things up when it officially supported running a handful of Android apps on Chrome OS, followed by silence. Things heated up again in the Alphabet reorganization but Google quickly shot down rumors of a Chrome-Android merger. Now, however, there might be evidence that Google is further bridging the gap, providing the full Play Store experience on Chrome OS.

Technically, the two OS are very different, except for a shared Linux base and some Google technologies like Chrome. Both, however, could benefit from the other's features. Android, for one, could learn a thing or two about window management and treating web apps as first class citizens. Chrome OS, on the other hand, needs the wealth of popular apps available on Android.

Google partly conceded to the latter in September when it launched ARC, the App Runtime for Chrome that allowed a few Android apps, selected by Google, to run on Chrome. That list started with Evernote, Vine, Sight Words, and Duo Lingo, eventually expanding to a few more, but never embracing the hundreds available on Android. Of course, there were a few attempts to give users that ability, but those were inconvenient at best, buggy at worst. In short, it was technically possible but needed Google's help in opening it up to the whole universe of Android apps. And it seems it finally will.

A user accidentally stumbled on a Chrome OS setting that would have enabled Android apps to run on the Chromebook. The setting quickly disappeared but not before a screenshot was taken. Naturally, dozens volunteered for the treasure hunt and indeed discovered placeholder text for the feature. If enabled, it would ask the user's permission to setup Google Play Store on the Chromebook to access millions of apps and games. Sadly, there is no "Hell Yeah!" button.

The feature is largely inactive for now but we could be given the full Monty this coming Google I/O. Even if it is prayer answered for some, it's still curious to see how Google will manage this strategy. Given how more Chromebooks, and even Chromeboxes and Chromebases, are coming out, Google will hardly kill off Chrome OS anytime soon. On the other hand, Android is set to receive more multi-window features in Android N, which could put it on par with Chrome OS. The two are ironically getting closer together, yet still not the same. Sounds familiar?

VIA: XDA

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Allwinner has dirt cheap Remix OS laptops in the works

Allwinner has dirt cheap Remix OS laptops in the works

Ever wished there was an Android-powered laptop that was a wallet friendly as most Chromebooks are? Well, if there really is a market demand for that kind of device, Allwinner might make your dreams come true. Sort of. The chipmaker was found to have reference designs for at least three low-power laptops that will be running Remix OS, a version of Android that has been designed and tuned for a desktop, or laptop, experience. And how much would these laptops cost? They start at $79, which could make them the cheapest consumer laptops, regardless of OS.

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Xiaomi teaser hints 6.4″ Mi Max can still fit in pockets

Xiaomi teaser hints 6.4″ Mi Max can still fit in pockets

Smartphones have become so big to the point that few can be operated comfortably with one hand alone. They have become so big that slipping them inside jean pockets have become more than just embarrassing, sometimes they're also impossible. Xiaomi, however, is challenging that perception. It is officially teasing the Mi Max, its first "true" phablet that has already been revealed to have a 6.4-inch screen. The real tease here, however, is the implication that, despite that size, it can still fit snug inside a pocket without any worries, awkward bulges, or bendgates.

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Scarlett Johansson, Henry Cavill go on a Huawei P9 camera showdown

Scarlett Johansson, Henry Cavill go on a Huawei P9 camera showdown

Who would have thought that only Huawei would be able to do the unthinkable and impossible: to unite the cinematic universes of Marvel Comics and DC Comics together. OK, so maybe it's not the superhero showdown you might be expecting, or even dreaming of, but it's still amusing to see Scarlett Johansson, who portrays Marvel's Black Widow, and Henry Cavill, famous for his Superman role, in the same video ad. And that unifying force? None other than the Huawei P9, whose photography skills are put to the test by these superheroes in plain clothing.

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Latest Galaxy Note 6 rumor gives it 5.8″ screen, 4000mAh battery

Latest Galaxy Note 6 rumor gives it 5.8″ screen, 4000mAh battery

We still have about four months to go, but it seems the speculation and confusion surrounding Samsung's next flagship is already starting to heat up. Details naturally change with the tide but some seem to stick like glue. For example, there's the idea that the Galaxy Note 6 will have 6 GB of RAM. Another detail that seems consistent in rumors is that there are two variants in the works, one normal and one with a curved screen. This latest source leak does agree, but qualifies that in the end, there can only be one.

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Nintendo’s Miitomo app is getting Splatoon-themed items

Nintendo’s Miitomo app is getting Splatoon-themed items

Miitomo, Nintendo's new cute avatar-creating/messaging/photo app, has become an overnight hit in both Japan and the US, even seeing over 1 million downloads in the first 3 days alone. While there are plenty of clothing items to choose from, both serious and goofy, when it comes to dressing up your "Mii," there's surprisingly little cross-over from Nintendo's other game franchises, other than a Mario-style hat. That's about to change, as next week will see the release of new costume items based on Splatoon, the popular paint-shooting Wii U game.

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Galaxy Note 6 leak tips 2x screen size potential

Galaxy Note 6 leak tips 2x screen size potential

It would seem that though Samsung has reduced the number of headliner devices it's set to release this year, they might still have a dilemma on their hands. It's been suggested by insider sources who wish to remain anonymous that Samsung isn't just considering one version of the Galaxy Note 6 for this August of September. Instead, Samsung is said to be considering whether or not the device will come with a flat display, a curved-edge display, or two different sizes altogether. Could we return to the original Galaxy Note Edge?

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Android phone user DIY upgrades from 16 to 64GB internal storage

Android phone user DIY upgrades from 16 to 64GB internal storage

Imagine our surprise when the first smartphone with upgradable internal storage wasn't a Project Ara phone from Google, it was a Nexus 5 from LG. Project Ara is still a concept - blocks that fit in to a smartphone casing, allowing you to upgrade whenever you like. The LG Nexus 5, on the other hand, is a device made back in 2013. Hardly the age of a device we'd expect to be so versatile. But here it is - the way in which you might upgrade your own internal storage from a paltry 16GB all the way up to a hefty 64GB - easy peasy.

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New Google Travel app invites sent to Android users

New Google Travel app invites sent to Android users

This morning the folks responsible for development of Google's "Local Guides" program have sent out invites to some users for Beta Testing. What this app does is tap in to the Google Maps feature you may or may not have heard of - a feature by the same name Local Guides - to assist users in finding awesome local sights and events when they travel through a new city. Both Android and iOS users will be given the opportunity to test this app.

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DeWalt MD501Phone packs Qi charging into a rugged device

DeWalt MD501Phone packs Qi charging into a rugged device

Say the name DeWalt and what comes to mind for most people are tools for construction and other industries that you see down at the local home improvement store. DeWalt has followed Caterpillar into the rugged smartphone market with a device that even looks a lot like the Caterpillar offering. The DeWalt Phone has an IP68 rating to resist fine dust particles and can be submerged in 2 meters of water for up to 30 minutes and survive.

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Acer Liquid Zest Plus packs massive 5000mAh battery

Acer Liquid Zest Plus packs massive 5000mAh battery

Acer unveiled a pair of new smartphones back in February at MWC 2016. Those two devices were the Liquid Jade 2 and the Liquid Zest. Acer is back with another version of the latter called the Liquid Zest Plus and the feature that will grab the attention of most users is the big battery that the Zest Plus packs. Specifically that battery is 5,000 mAh in capacity.

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2016 Galaxy A ads highlight design, camera, Samsung Pay

2016 Galaxy A ads highlight design, camera, Samsung Pay

The Galaxy A series was born from a time when Samsung was derided for its plastic fetish. Showing that it could do metal just as well on the mid-range like it did in its flagship, it launched the first Galaxy Alpha, which was later on superseded by the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7. This year, Samsung once again borrowed cues from its flagship for the 2016 Galaxy A series, lending the same attention to design, cameras, and mobile payment as the Galaxy S6 and now S7, as seen in these new ads.

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