Google Keep launched on Android last month, and despite having available online, there is still no official Google Keep extension for Chrome. However, a third-party developer has answered the calls of people who have already adopted the service into their daily lives, by releasing an extension for Google Chrome which can be downloaded right now.
In the past, I’ve covered Facebook and Twitter concepts, but never Google. I’m already a huge fan of just about every Google product, as I’m an avid Chromebook and Android user, however I’m always interested to see how people thing Google could edit their design.
This concept, created by Burak Turfanda, imagines a completely new Google experience.
He begins by editing the Chrome browser, which at the moment has arguably the best design of any web browser. He’s edited it to that it has a very flat look, which fits in with what Google have been doing with Google Play recently and Google Plus recently.
It’s hard to tell from the images, but it would appear that there is a right sidebar at all times on the browser, which is where the user can sign into their Google profile. Then, when visiting other sites, it looks as if the links in the sidebar change, according to what site is being looked at. All the websites in the images are Google services, but the idea of the sidebar changing for all the most popular websites, like Facebook and Twitter, is an extremely interesting idea.
He has also edited a significant amount of Google’s web services, including Gmail, which has a slightly altered colour scheme to the one which is live at the moment, and it looks very similar to the browser. He has also redesigned the Google Ventures website.
Possibly my favourite part of the concept, is the redesign of the Chrome Web Store, where Chrome users can download apps and extensions. Again, the current design by Google isn’t exactly shabby, however this version looks simply incredible. All the images of each app has been merged together, creating a seamless tiled interface. The page is full, from edge to edge, with images of each app, with the Chrome sidebar navigating the categories.
Google and Disney have buddied-up to bring you the latest Chrome Experiment, ‘Find Your Way to OZ‘. The new web based game is another demonstration of the latest and greatest browser technology, and it really does impress.
Google have just launched Chrome beta onto the Google Play store, available to download right now. No, you haven’t travelled back in time. Unlike earlier this year, when the beta was the only available option, this re-release is alongside the stable version so that you can have a choice of which version you want to download.
JAM with Chrome is a new web based game by Google which lets you enter an online GarageBand-style music session with friends. The free service is created as a demonstration of HTML 5, as part of Google’s ‘Creative Lab’.
Google have given the public the first bits of information on the Windows 8 version of Google Chrome, since announcing that the company was working on the browser back in March.
The image posted on the Chromium Blog looks exactly how most would have imagined. It has the standard tab layout which has been in Chrome since the beginning, and is bordered by the flat Metro theme.
Luckily, Chrome can be tried out for those using Windows 8 Release Preview very soon. The next version of the Chrome Dev Build will allow users to try out the Metro browser if it’s set to default.
Google’s attempt to take on the PC market hasn’t been great. The launch of the Chromebook has been met with a pretty underwhelming response, and the general opinion is that they can do pretty much everything a normal laptop can do, with added limitations.
Google have clearly tried to end these thoughts in the latest update of the Chrome Operating System, but they might not have done themselves any favours.
Included in the update is the inclusion of customizable wallpapers. This shouldn’t have been a feature worth mentioning, wallpapers have been customizable on other platforms for over a decade now. Wallpapers should have been included in the original Chrome OS, or at least silently added through an update rather than expressing it as a ‘new’ feature in the video above.
Another new feature is the taskbar at the bottom, where you can pin your favourite applications and launch them quicker from other windows. Chrome OS now also allows you to have two windows open side by side, so you can type a document and watch a Youtube clip at the same time.
The features I have mentioned so far are not new, and not revolutionary. It looks like Google have backed down to the pressure of what people are already used to, and attempted to replicate that. The taskbar at the bottom is something that has been in Windows since almost the beginning, with the pinning made available in Windows 7, while the Aero Snap feature has also been around for a number of years.
At heart, a Chromebook is still a Chromebook. It runs the successful web browser, Google Chrome, which uses a number of cloud based applications such as document creators, image viewers and games to replicate the standard PC experience, only quicker. However the new features which Google have introduced this week shows that there currently isn’t a web browser, no matter how fast and efficient, that can offer the same capabilities as a standard PC or Mac, and the Chromebook is slowly starting to shift.