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Google’s Pichai hints at Chome OS / Android convergence

Google’s Pichai hints at Chome OS / Android convergence

This year at All Things Digital's D10 conference, Google's Senior Vice President of Chome and Applications Sundar Pichai was interviewed by Walk Mossberg, speaking about both Chrome and Android in one. The main object of their discussion, which also included Google's Senior Vice President of Advertising Susan Wojcicki, was indeed Chrome OS but also Chrome as a web browser, and how it's overtaken the former king Internet Explorer in world browser share. Perhaps the most interesting bit of the conversation, on the other hand, sat squarely in the world of Android, and how Pichai saw mobile and not-so-mobile Google operating systems converging.

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Google I/O 2012 Streaming Video details revealed

Google I/O 2012 Streaming Video details revealed

This year's Google I/O has sold out in just a bit over 20 minutes, the fastest it's ever done so, and Google is well prepared for the "overwhelming" interest with video feeds galore! In addition, Google will be having Extended locations so you can get hands-on time with all of the hot Google action! What we've got below is details on all three days of technical Input/Output with streaming video sessions for all the most important moments!

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Sony Vaio VCC111 Chromebook gets FCC support

Sony Vaio VCC111 Chromebook gets FCC support

Sony's flagship Chrome OS-powered computer has just been given the green light by the Federal Communications Commission. This means as far as the regulatory paperwork goes, the device is ready to go on sale in the US, and obviously Sony wouldn't have submitted it to the FCC unless it was essentially ready for production. So hopefully we'll start seeing it on store shelves soon.

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Chromium OS shown working with desktop manager

Chromium OS shown working with desktop manager

Since its inception, the Google Chrome operating system for Chromebook computers has been unique in its ability to work completely independently of the desktop environment. Very recently the open-source version of Chrome OS, Chromium, has been seen to be amped up by developers in a setup called Aura Shell to have not only a desktop which interacts directly with the offline storage space of the hardware its running on, but applications other than the Chrome browser being launched directly from the desktop as well. While some might say that this defeats the purpose of Chrome OS entirely, the developers working on this project insist that because this version of the OS still has a very cloud-based set of intentions, it remains true to the Chrome OS cause.

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Google promises less frustrating Chromebooks

Google promises less frustrating Chromebooks

Google's Chromebooks, web-centric ultraportables intended to drive adoption of cloud-computing, are set to get faster, the company has confirmed, as it makes a second try at the notebook market. "We are really looking forward to the next generation of Chromebooks" Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome, told CNET, "we will improve on the dimensions of speed, simplicity, and security." It's speed that has been one of the primary complaints, Google concedes, and it's there that the search giant has focused its efforts for the new generation.

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Android 5.0 Jelly Bean tipped for Q2 2012

Android 5.0 Jelly Bean tipped for Q2 2012

Android 5.0 Jelly Bean may arrive as early as Q2 2012, supply chain sources claim, with Google apparently integrating Chrome OS functionality for dual-boot tablets and netbooks. Those aren't the search giant's only dual-OS ambitions, however; insiders tell DigiTimes that Google is pushing Android 5.0 and Windows 8 hybrids to its manufacturing partners, for notebooks, netbooks and tablets that offer the best of both platforms.

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LG Chrome OS device could be in pipeline

LG Chrome OS device could be in pipeline

LG's Chromebook plans have apparently been outed, with Microsoft revealing the company is working on - or at least considering - using Google's Chrome OS platform to create a cloud-loving notebook. The fast-booting OS was mentioned alongside Android in Microsoft's triumphant patent announcement earlier, in which the software company said the new agreement covers "LG's tablets, mobile phones and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome OS Platform."

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LG signs patent deal: Microsoft collecting fees from 70% of Android OEMs

LG signs patent deal: Microsoft collecting fees from 70% of Android OEMs

LG has become the latest Android device manufacturer to ink a deal with Microsoft of patent licensing, as the software giant continues to leverage its IP portfolio to squeeze cash out of those using Google's platform. The agreement covers all of LG's tablets, phones and "other consumer devices" which run either Android or Chrome OS. LG is the eleventh Android and/or Chrome OS device manufacturer to concede to Microsoft's licensing terms, something the company is quick to crow about.

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