Google I/O recap: Major Android news; Chrome OS update

Today Google kicked off its annual I/O conference with announcements about Android, Chrome OS, its answer to Apple’s HealthKit, and the next generation of developer tools. (Credit: James Martin/CNET) Introducing Android L: Android OS’s KitKat successor doesn’t have a name yet, but it’ll begin with L. The platform update will attempt to unite Web and app user experiences through the...

giveaway / July 10, 2014 / Software

Google speeds WebP image format, brings animation support to Chrome

Google has built a new version of its WebP software into Chrome to let browsers display its image format 25 percent faster, the company said Friday. The better performance new libwebp 0.4.0 is part of Google’s general effort to speed up the Web, and the new software also uses less memory and fixes an issue that had blocked Google from...

giveaway / March 22, 2014 / Software / 28 Comments

Add speed reading to Chrome, Firefox

Speed reading is about to have another popularity spike — one likely fueled by the recent announced of Spritz on the Galaxy S5. The speed reading feature will come included with some apps, and uses a single focal point in words, along with rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP for short) to display words one-by-one at speeds up to 1000 words...

giveaway / March 13, 2014 / Software / 49 Comments

Google: Under-the-hood change helps Web apps on Chrome

Previously, Google paused to optimize its compiled version of JavaScript code. Now it performs the optimization in the background. (Credit: Google) Google has taught Chrome how to walk and chew gum at the same time. The newest Chrome beta version, 33, includes a feature called concurrent compilation that means the browser takes a smoother, faster trip to an optimized version...

giveaway / February 14, 2014 / Software / 4 Comments

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