Google’s Chrome web browser will now support WebVR virtual reality platform. This will let the users experience 360-degree pictures, videos or any other content designed for VR headset on their PCs and Smartphones.
This is a big step forward as till now virtual reality was always linked to headsets. Now Google has linked it to its Chrome browser making Virtual Reality more accessible. Mozilla is also working on something similar with Firefox.
WebVR is designed in such a way that it unifies the virtual reality experience across various devices having varying computing power. The idea here is to make photos and videos look as smooth on the browser as on Google’s Daydream View or Samsung Gear VR. The only difference this will have from the Daydream view will be that on Chrome, users will have to use their fingers or mouses.
However, making sure that a consistent experience is delivered is totally up to the developers that is if they adhere to WebVR standards. Google provides huge developer resources, that includes guidelines like the all-important frame rate not following which might give viewers motion sickness, that is if it’s too low. “WebVR content on mobile Chrome browsers should have a minimum rate of 60fps, while desktop browsers shouldn’t go below 90 FPS” Google says.
Google mentioned that some websites (such as Matterport’s library, Within, Sketchfab and WebVR Lab from PlayCanvas) already support VR content whereas others are coming up soon.
Google says that its objective behind this step is that it wants to make Virtual Reality accessible to everyone on all sorts of devices.
Google be releasing a Chrome Update for Beta users in upcoming weeks that will let you pin certain websites directly to your app drawer, just like any app appear when you install them from Play Store.
Chrome has supported creating shortcuts to websites on Home Screen since 2015, but because they appear only on home screen and not on App drawer, they have been confusing for many users. Especially for folks who have a habit of launching stuff from App drawer and keeping the home screen clean.
Bear in mind that not all websites can be pinned to the app drawer, it will only work for sites that Google qualifies as Progressive Web Apps. These sites will also be able to send you notifications similar to standard apps when pinned.
Apart from pinning sites, Chrome’s 56th version update will also make downloading stuff to phone easier. While these additions to Chrome are not groundbreaking, they sure make Chrome for Android better to use.
Did you know that you can easily install data saver for Google Chrome which can save you in mobile bills? Here is how you can save data on Google chrome
For folks who are not lucky enough to find fast Wi-Fi on the go, Mobile internet bills might be costly if you use a lot of data. If you use LTE or 3G to connect to the web, you might want to spend a couple of minutes to make sure Google Chrome uses as less data as possible. In this post, we will discuss how you can use data saves on Google Chrome web browser.
Saving Data on a Desktop Computer Running Windows, MacOS or Linux
Last year, Google released the beta version of an extension simply called Data Saver to minimize some data usage. Now that testing is complete, anyone running a recent version of Google Chrome can use it to reduce data consumption.
To Install and enable Data Saver on Google Chrome:
Click on Data Saver icon from Chrome’s toolbar and make sure that it is enabled.
Once you have installed Data saver, you can see data consumption and other site specific details by clicking on Details in Data Saver settings. If you need, you can click on Reset Data to erase all records from details should you choose to.
Data Saver passes all of Chrome’s network traffic through Google’s servers. These servers compress the files using algorithms and minify the code that is then sent to your computer. These compress elements are smaller in size, and this is why they save some of your data.
There is a catch, though: Google’s Data Saver does not work for encrypted traffic. Any HTTPS site data is processed as if there is no data saver installed. Hence, social media network and other secure traffic are uncompressed, and it will consume the same amount of data.
Do you know about any other trick to save data on Chrome browser? Share with us in the comments below.
AMP is a fast and open standerd built for mobile web. Here is how you can use AMP on Google Chrome Desktop as it will make web browsing much faster.
AMP was designed for mobile websites, but if you are on a slow internet connection, using AMP pages to browse the internet on your desktop can speed up browsing a lot, and it can help you in minimizing the data consumption. In this post, we will discuss how you can get AMP on Google Chrome Desktop version.
But why is it useful?
AMP pages are optimized for low size and smallest possible load time. Moreover, following are some other benefits of viewing AMP pages on desktop:
AMP pages remove most of the useless clutter from webpages.
These have less number of advertisements and usually lower number of trackers compared to standard, old-school web version.
AMP pages are comparatively cleaner and hence, they have a much better readability.
Ads on AMP pages are a lot faster and non-intrusive.
To compare, Here are screenshots of some AMP and non-AMP screenshots on a desktop version of Google Chrome.
Using AMP pages on Desktop version of Google Chrome
To browse AMP pages on Google Chrome, you can install AMP Accelerated Mobile Pages Reader from Chrome Web Store. Once installed, by default, you won’t see any changes made on web pages. To enable AMP browsing, click on its icon in Chrome’s Toolbar and under default, select AMP version if available.
Once done, the extension will redirect you to the AMP version of a website if there exists one.
If for some reason, you need an alternative, Desktop AMP is worth a look; it is not as full featured as above, but it can get the job done.
Also, you can use an extension called Detect AMP to detect if a webpage is available in AMP or not. If a web page is available in AMP, the extension will show a bolt icon, to view the page in AMP, you can click on it.
Fun little trick
You can add a ‘/amp‘ at the end of a web page to go to the AMP version of the page manually. If there is an AMP version, Chrome will take you to it. But if the site is not available in AMP, you will see an Error 404. In such case, you can go back to the original page.
Have you used AMP on Google Chrome’s Desktop Version? Did you like it? Know about any other AMP related extensions that others should know? Share with others in the comments below.
GIFs are everywhere be it Facebook, Reddit Twitter or 9Gag. If you love them, here are 5 really cool Google Chrome Extensions for GIFs.
GIFs are everywhere, be it Reddit, 9Gag or Facebook, people use Gifs to express their anger, laughter, and all other feelings that sometimes, just can’t be expressed with words. While Google Chrome is good enough for playing all kind of Gif files, with some additional tools, you can use Gifs more conveniently on the internet. Here are 5 cool Google Chrome Extensions for GIFs.
Insert Gifs everywhere: Giphy
When it comes to searching and insertings Gifs, Giphy is perhaps the best tool to use. Much like its site, Giphy Extension for Chrome lets you search for gifs and then you can simply copy and paste the URL of the gif into Tweets, Facebooks posts, and your emails.
Giphy’s library is really big and it is well organized using hashtags, you can click on the little hamburger button next to the search bar to see Gifs from a specific category.
Delay playing Gifs until they are loaded completely
Sometimes, Gifs can be huge in size and if you are on a slow internet, any large gif may feel like a buffering video, stuttering and making the experience completely annoying. Gif Delayer is a simple chrome extension that helps you in dealing this problem.
Once you have installed it, the extension will stop any gif from playing unless it is downloaded completely. Additionally, when a gif is being loaded, the extension let you know the size of the gif too.
Make Gifs behave more like videos on websites
GIF Scrubber is a great extension for Chrome which lets you seek GIFs. After installing the extension, you can right-click on any GIF and then click on GIF Scrubber. Once you have done that, the GIF file opens on a new Chrome Window.
From here you can slow down, pause and even reverse the GIF videos. Additionally, GIF Scrubber also has options to let you see individual frames and even download the gif completely.
Create GIFs from YouTube videos
In moments when you want to share some moments from a YouTube video, creating a GIF and then sharing it is a great idea. Gifit is an interesting extension that lets you create GIF images from any YouTube video.
To create a Gif file, from any YouTube video, you simply need to click on Gifit button on the video, then, you can select length and quality from the popup and then you will be ready to download the gif file on your computer.
Remove Gifs from pages
If you don’t like Gifs or you are dealing with slow internet connection, You can stop Gifs from loading. Gif Jam stops any gif file from loading and instead of showing the complete animated image, you will only see the first frame of the Gif file.
The extensions currently lacks Whitelisting, but apart from that, it works well on recent versions of Google Chrome.
See a new GIF every time you open a new tab
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get a random gif image instead of the regular new tab page of Google Chrome? GIF me a New Tab does exactly the same thing.
After installing the extension, every time you press CTRL+T or open a new browser tab, you are welcomed with a new, random gif.
You can press S key on your keyboard to play any other gif and if you want, you can press G to get the full URL of the file.
Do You Know about any other Chrome Extensions for GIFs?
Among the above ones, which one is your favorite? Do you know about any other extensions who should be on this list? Share with others in the comments below.
Even though Google Chrome is probably the most feature rich browser, sometimes, it can be tricky to find out something that should otherwise be straight-forward. One of them is importing and exporting passwords in Google Chrome.
Even though Google Chrome is probably the most feature rich browser, sometimes, it can be tricky to find out something that should otherwise be straight-forward. One of them is importing and exporting passwords in Google Chrome.
Getting Geek reader Susan wrote asked :
Hi Getting Geek team,
I hope that you are having a great day. I use Google Chrome and I have saved all my bookmarks and passwords in it. recently, I needed to print out all my passwords to put them into a safe. But, even after spending quite some time in settings, I could not find out how to do it.
So, how can I export passwords in Google Chrome ?
Exporting Passwords in Google Chrome
Google Chrome offers you to save passwords and if you have signed-in to your Google Account, you can later access them from any other device. By default, you can see individual saved passwords in Google Chrome by going to the following address in your browser:
However, as you can see, there is no option to import or export passwords, you can view the password by clicking on the tiny Show button next to the bullets and that it. But don’t worry, there is a Google Chrome flag that will allow us to activate import and export buttons on the dialog box. To do this, go to the following URL in your browser:
You will see a quite long list of experimental features that you can enable from here, simply press CTRL+F on your keyboard and type the following to jump quickly to the desired setting.
Under the Password import and export, select Enabled from the drop-down menu and restart your browser.
Now, Open settings from Chrome menu and click on Show Advance Settings at the bottom of the page.
Now, under Passwords and Forms, click on Manage Passwords In the next screen, scroll to the bottom of the list and you should see that Import and Export buttons are visible. Now that we are almost done, to export the passwords saved in Chrome, click on Export then enter your Windows sign-in passwords and you will be good to go.
Utilities to Export Passwords saved in Google Chrome
In case you don’t want to use built-in options, you can still export and view passwords using a NirSoft utility called ChromePass. To export all passwords using this tool, simply do the following:
As announced in a blog post, Google will be killing off support for packaged apps in Chrome Store.
Chrome Store currently hosts two types of Apps, Packaged apps, and Hosted apps, according to Google, only 1% users use them on Windows, Linux or macOS and this is why it makes sense for Google to remove support for them.
In the case of Chrome OS, the apps will stay in the store for the foreseeable future. Any new apps for Chrome will only be made available for Chrome OS.
The process of Pashing out Apps will begin in late 2016 when Google will stop publishing new apps for any platform except Chrome OS. However, if you have any app installed on your PC it will keep working.
In the second half of next year, Google will remove all the Chrome apps on Linux, macOS, and Windows.
Early 2018 will mark the final death if Apps when they will no longer load, even if you have installed them on your PC.
Why is Google doing this and why it matters?
In recent years, the web has changed a lot. One big upside of Chrome Apps was their ability to send notifications and some of them worked offline. Now that the same can be done by sites itself, there is not much sense of installing apps inside Google’s Chrome.
Aside from this, if nobody is using it, Google’s resources are being wasted on maintaining apps for Windows, macOS and Linux.
After removing Chrome Apps, Google will focus more in Themes and extensions for browser.
In this post we will discuss that, in Google Chrome vs Vivaldi, which one is better for you.
Google Chrome is world most popular browser, it is updated regularly and the software is available for all major platforms, but, that doesn’t make it the best. Every person is different and hence, the most popular may not always be the for you. In past months, Vivaldi has some as a strong alternative to Google Chrome. In this post we will discuss that, in Google Chrome vs Vivaldi, which one is better for you.
First, a bit of background
Chrome was released in 2007 and Google has been releasing updates to the browser regularly. The browser is more focused on Speed and simplicity and it proves to be the fastest in many tests. Google Chrome runs on Webkit’s fork, Blink browser engine (which is open source)
Vivaldi is made by ex-CEO if Opera, the team thinks of Vivaldi as the browser of Power users and Geeks, similar to Chrome, Vivaldi also runs on Blink engine. The browser is quite new but it feels like a spiritual successor of Opera’s 9th version as it tries to become as much as flexible as possible.
Chrome vs Vivaldi: A Comparison
Performance and Extension support
Vivaldi and Google Chrome both use same browser engine (webkit) and this is why performance is almost same. In my personal experience, I did not have any performance related problems.
I did notice very slight slowdown in Vivaldi when I was working with more than half a dozen tabs, however, it is nothing major. As the browser engines are same, Chrome extensions are compatible with Vivaldi. Although, not as seamless experience as Chrome, it is still a big plus considering, Chrome has biggest extension library among all browsers.
Google Chrome is really simple on UI when compared to Vivaldi, Chrome has a simple tab-bar and the second bar is a combo of Address bar and Search box, google calls it Omni box.
Vivaldi on the other hand, has a status bar on the bottom that contains a Zoon slider and a toggle to enable or disable images. Also at the top, you can access a Trash icon that consists of links to tabs that you have closed in past. Similar to old school browsers, Vivaldi has a separate Search box right next to the address bar.
Winner: Depends on users, Vivaldi wins for Power users wile non geeks may feel better with Chrome
Chrome and Vivaldi both are better on customizability than Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer. However, Different philosophies behind both browsers make read difference on customization level.
Chrome has got the basics covered, you can rearrange Extensions in your preferred order, change how pages looks using some third party extensions and a bit more. However, if you are a kind of person who wishes to bend the UI to your will, Chrome is really disappointing. You can’t move tabs into any side of window, you can’t customize keyboard shortcuts and you don’t have the ability to use tile tabs in the browser.
Vivaldi, on the other hand, is really flexible and that is not surprising as the makes have designed it to be like older versions of Opera. You can change almost all aspects of the UI. The menu can be changed in two different modes. The address bar can be moved to bottom instead of top of the window and so on. Built in support for mouse-gestures is also cools and you can navigate around pages quickly.
Chrome keeps you covered on your basic browsing needs. You can save pages in PDF, get notifications from Website, use private browsing and more, however, compared to Vivaldi, Chrome’s offerings fall short.
Vivaldi supports running panels in its side bar. It can be helpful in many cases such as keeping an eye on sports scores when working on something else. Vivaldi includes a built in Note taking panel. In notes you can attach screenshots and files. It may not be as powerful as Evernote or OneNote, but it can be useful at taking some basic notes. A Mail client is also in works and it should be available soon.
Another cool feature in Vivaldi is Quick Commands. It works very similarly to the Tell me bar in Office 2016. Just press F2 on your keyboard and type the feature that you are looking for. It can be a big help in finding right tweaks and open tabs than digging into dozens on menus and dialogs.
Cross Device Syncing and Availability
For many people, having all bookmarks and settings synced up on all their devices is really important. It helps a big time if you switch between computers regularly and you don’t want to remember all details. When it comes to Syncing and cross-platforms availability, Chrome not just beats Vivaldi, but almost all other browsers.
Chrome is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS. You can sync all your settings simply by logging into the browser with your Gmail account. The sync woks well and it is seamless.
Even though the browser is available for almost all major desktop platforms, Vivaldi does not have any syncing feature available right now. Aside from that, there are no mobile apps available currently, the company has said that it is working on these, but it may take some time.
Personalization and themes
Chrome has thousands of themes to let you customize title bar and background of new tab page, Vivaldi, on the other hand, lets browser window change color according to the page that you are using.
Aside from this, you can switch between White and Dark color scheme for the browser. So, Chrome will let you customize the browser with more themes but Vivaldi has a bit deeper customization options.
Which one is right for you
Google Chrome: If you don’t care about keyboard shortcuts and you want a simple, no-frills browser that you can use on any computer or phone, use Google Chrome. You will miss some really cool features, but you will still have a reliable and stable browser that almost all sites support and that is available on all major OSes.
Vivaldi: If you are a power user and you feel like Chrome’s customization features are not enough for you. If you can live without having syncing features and you don’t need the same browser on your phones and tablets, Vivaldi may be a good choice.
Are you switching?
In Google Chrome vs Vivaldi debate, which side are you on? why ? and would you consider switching? share your thoughts in the comments below.
Chrome is packed with awesome tweaks and tools to make your browsing better, follow this guide to become a chrome power user by using Google Chrome Flags.
Google Chrome has always been choice of users because of speed and simplicity, however, Google has also kept power-users and geeks in mind while developing the Browser and there are dozens of hidden settings that only Power-users know about. In this post we will discuss some of the coolest Google Chrome Advance settings that you can use to make web-browsing with Chrome even more better.
As already know, the settings in Google Chrome are fairly limited and straight forward. Rather than listing all the tweaks, the settings section of Chrome contains only necessary options and dialog boxes. This is fairly enough for users who don’t want to get lost between too many choices, but, it may be disappointing for gooks and power-users who are interested in making the browser better suited for their needs. Luckily, instead of offering advance settings and under-development features in Settings, chrome has a separate Flags page. This page has the following URL:
If you go to the page, you will find dozens of options, settings and under-development features. But most of them are too technical for normal users and due to too a long list of options, it is likely that you may skip a really cool feature or advance setting. Now, let’s take a look at some of the best Google Chrome Flags that you should enable.
Never Enter Credit Card Details Manually Again
Entering your credit card details on a tiny on-screen keyboard could be painful and time consuming. Google has added support for credit card scanning while entering payment details on a billing/payment page. Just enable this Chrome experimental feature and you won’t have to enter card number manually from the next time. Obviously, you won’t be able to use in on a desktop computer.
Discard Tabs when you are low on RAM
You should know that Google Chromes uses a lot of RAM. If your Laptop/MacBook has low RAM, running more than a few tabs can slow down your computer by taking up all the memory. You should try to upgrade your RAM in these situations, but, if it is not possible, you can enable a Chrome flag to Discard open tabs from memory when memory is full. Once the tab is discarded, Chrome will reload it again when you switch to it. It may consume more data, but if you have a decent internet connection, you will be good to go.
Chrome Flags to enable Material Design
Google is betting big on its material design, Chrome users will eventually be upgraded with it, but, if you wish, you can enable it for your browser right now. Just enable the following Chrome flags and restart your browser.
Material design in the browser’s UI
Perhaps, it will be the most notable change that can be on your browser, the flag has 3 different options to choose from. Personally, I like the I like the Material option more than Material Hybrid as it looks more polished and a bit closer to the Android version of Google’s flagship browser.
Get Material Design Extensions Page
After you are done enabling Material for the top UI, you may want to switch to a better looking, material design extension management page. Enabling the following flag will do that for you.
Enable Material Design User Manager
Once enabled, this flag will change the button in the avatar menu to the new Material Design user manager.
Get History page in Material Design
This experimental Google Chrome flag changes the default History page to a newer, slick material design history page. There is one good addition though, the material design history page has infinite scrolling rather than requiring you to click on Next to see older history
Save passwords automatically
By default, Chrome asks you if you want to save the password after you have logged-in on a web site, you can enable a chrome flag to do the same without asking you on all sites. After enabling, Google Chrome will save the password automatically after you have entered your password on any site.
Enable Clear browsing data counters
This simple tweak will show you data size that will be erased when you clear he Browser History.
Save Page as MHTML Files
Enables saving pages as MHTML: a single text file containing HTML and all sub-resources Generally, when you save a web-page on Chrome, the page is saved in a HTML file. If there is any image or script with the page, it is saved in a separate folder that has the same name as the HTML file. It should not be a major problem, but there are always good chances that these folders will be lost if you copy or move HTML files. The MHTML format is a way of solving this problem. Once you have enabled this experimental Google Chrome flag, Chrome will save all pages in MHTML format. In this format, all files related to the webpage are stored in a single MHTML file. So there will be no chances of losing the files.
Get Smooth Scrolling
Google Chrome is one of very few browsers that disable this setting by default and keep it buried so deep that most users won’t notice. Smooth scrolling makes using your mouse wheel to scroll feel a bit more natural. However, if you are a Windows user, you are out of luck as of now as this flag is only available for Linux, Chrome OS and Android
Tab audio muting UI control
Don’t you just hate when one in a dozens of open tab plays audio and you can’t find any mute button on the home page. By default, to mute an open chrome tab, you need to right click on the tab and select the Mute tab option from the menu. After enabling this Google Chrome Flag, you will be able to mute any noisy tab just by clicking on the speaker icon next the tab name. This powerful chrome flag is currently not available for Android, but you can do the same on your mobile devices through the notification panel.
Drive Search in Chrome App Launcher Chrome OS
This advance Google Chrome Flag is currently only available for Chromebooks. After enabling this flag, you will be able to search for your files stored in your Google Drive account. Files from Drive will show up when searching the Chrome App Launcher. If you are a big-time Drive user, this can save a lot of time for you considering you won’t have to fire-up the app every time.
What if something goes wrong
Before you enable any of the above Chrome Flags, keep in mind that Google considers them all as experimental. Although most of the time, these works well, you may face some problems in a few exceptional cases. If you are having any problem after enabling any of the above flag, just disable it. If you can’t find the flag you enabled, you can reset all flags at once by clicking on Reset all to default on the top right of Google Chrome Flags page.
Much like Windows 10 , Google Chrome has its own Task Manager. Lets learn how to use Chrome Task Manager to make web browsing more awesome.
In case you had no idea about it, Much like Windows 10 , Google Chrome has its own Task Manager. It is only available for Chrome OS, Windows, Mac OS and Linux versions of the browser, so you won’t be able to use it in mobile versions of Chrome. In this post we will discuss what Google Chrome Task Manager is and how you can use it.
What is this Task Manager and why does this exist?
Chrome is a fairly complicated browser when it comes to managing running processes. Usually every browser runs in a single process in its OS, however, Google Chromes separates all tabs, extensions and core browsers into multiple processes. This helps in making the browser stable. If any sites or extension crashes, only its process is killed and other tabs and the core browser keep running.
In Windows task manager, all these processes are named as same (chrome.exe) and it can get confusing as hell if you want to kill a specific extension or tab. To overcome this problem, Google Chrome has a dedicated task manager that lets you see and manages running Chrome processes.
Launching Chrome Task Manager
To open Google Chrome Task Manager, simply right click on title bar of browser and from the context menu, click on Task Manager.
Alternatively, you can press SHIFT and ESC key simultaneously to open it quickly.
Using Google Chrome’s Task Manager
You can use it to troubleshoot and monitor open Tabs and running extensions. For an example, You can use it to know how much bandwidth a website is using in the chrome browser. To Kill a tab that is not responding, simply click on its name and hit the Kill Process button at the bottom right corner.
Also, if you want to close a Chrome extension, select it and do the same as above.
After you have clicked it, Chrome will show you a notification telling you that the extension has crash, if you wanted to restart the extension, you can do it by clicking on the Notification.
In current version of Chrome, you can’t drag them to arrange as you prefer, but this should be added soon.
If needed, you can use Chrome Task Manager to kill a group of open tabs at once, to do this, you will have to select these tabs first.
To select more than one tab or extensions to kill, hold down CTRL key on your keyboard and them click on their names in the task manager window. Later you can press Kill Process to stop them from executing.
What Happens when I kill a process ?
If you have killed a tab, the process that was running is released from memory and the open tab shows you a message saying something went wrong.
You can reopen the site by clicking on Reload button on the page.
In case it was a running extension, Chrome reports that the extension has crashed. If you wanted to restart that extension, you can click on the bubble notification to do so. Otherwise you are good to go.
Have you been using Chrome Task Manager ?
Did you know about this or it was the first time you heard about Chrome having its own task manager ? Share with others in the comments below.
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