May 21, 2014

Aura-Powered Google Chrome Now Available on Linux

Google Chrome Aura in Ubuntu

Google has today released the first stable version of Chrome for Linux to use Aura, the search giant’s in-house graphics stack.

Aura, which replaces GTK+, is used to draw the bulk of the Chrome UI on screen, including menus and window frames (and yes, it works fine with both locally integrated and global menus).

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The “shell” is already in use on Windows and Chrome OS builds and, as it’s largely cross-platform, enables Google to develop new features faster and ensure feature parity across different operating systems.

An accelerated interface, Aura is better able to leverage GPU features in Chrome/Chromium on Linux than GTK+ builds. Notably, it is able to use OpenGL on a per-window rather than per-tab basis.

Its arrival also brings additional features to the desktop, including the Chrome Notification Centre, an optional App Launcher and support for displaying select Google Now cards.


[Source: OMG! Ubuntu!]

Chrome for Android updated with support for multi-windows, full screen video, and undo function for closed tabs


Chrome for Android has an update on the way. The new update is said to add "support for some multi-window devices," which sounds like a method to fully support devices with multi-window features — like the Note 3 and Galaxy S5 — without a second "helper" application involved. We've reached out to Google for full clarification. Other improvements include full screen video playback with HTML5 controls and subtitles, and an "undo" function for closed tabs. Of course bug fixes and stability improvements are part of every update.

Here's the full changelog:
  • Undo Tab Close.
  • Fullscreen video with subtitles and HTML5 controls.
  • Support for some multi-window devices.
  • Support for casting some videos with Chromecast.
  • Other bug fixes.
[Source: Android Central]