Google’s Experimental “Chrome Home” gets a Redesigned New Tab Page

Google is constantly at work bringing new features to the most popular Internet browser in the world – Chrome. Although most new features take weeks or even months before ever getting into the hands of most users, it’s possible to try out new features by enabling certain experimental flags in chrome://flags. One such feature, known as “Chrome Home”, is a visual overhaul of Chrome’s user interface. When the flag is enabled, the address bar moves to the bottom of the screen.

Over time, Google has updated Chrome Home with more enhancements. Most notably, the feature now offers quick access to recently opened webpages, downloads, bookmarks, and your browsing history. As it is right now, the experimental Chrome Home interface has become my default setup. And thanks to a recent change to the way new tab pages are displayed, my choice is solidified.

The main difference with this change is that opening a new tab now overlays on top of the existing tabs. This essentially turns the new tab page interface into a card carousel much like the interface looks without Chrome Home enabled.

This change has only recently rolled out in the Chrome Canary builds. You can activate it by first enabling the Chrome Home flag then enabling the Chrome Home NTP Redesign flag.

chrome://flags/#enable-chrome-home
chrome://flags/#enable-chrome-home-ntp-design

This change won’t remain an experiment much longer, however, as the most recent nightly build of Chromium for Android includes the Chrome Home NTP Redesign enabled by default (and actually removes the flag from chrome://flags).


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Lastly, you may have noticed that there’s another new flag in the screenshot above. The Chrome Home Expand Button is a very minor change as all it adds is an icon to the address bar that, when pressed, expands the bottom bar. This may be useful if you are using the browser one-handed and would prefer not having to swipe up to access the address bar.

chrome://flags/#enable-chrome-home-expand-button

Those are some of the notable changes that are now present in alpha builds of the Chrome browser. We’ll keep a lookout for any more interesting Chrome flags that make their way into Google’s popular Internet browser.

Latest Humble Mobile Bundle Offers $38 Worth of Android Platformers

The team over at Humble Bundle has just announced their latest mobile bundle and this one focuses on Epic Platformers for Android. As with most bundles these days, there are three tiers to their latest offering with each one unlocking even more games that you can play. The tier prices this time around are $1 for the lowest, $5 for the highest and then a beat the average price that is currently at $4.81 as of writing this article.

The $1 tier comes with three different games, with two of them being from Noodlecake Studios. This includes Devious Dungeon, the sequel to that (Devious Dungeon 2) and then Eggggg – The Platform Puker which is from the developer studio Hyper Games. These three games cost between $2 to $3 in the Play Store right now, but all three can be had for only $1 with this bundle. The beat the average tier comes with 3 games too, but more will be announced in about 6 days.

Currently, this tier includes Gunbrick from Nitrome (which normally costs $3), RunGunJumpGun from ThirtyThree (which also costs $3 in the Play Store), and RETSNOM from SOMI (which again costs $3 right now). As mentioned, the beat the average price at this time is $4.81, so this tier will get you $19 worth of games (since you get the first tier as well) for less than $5. The final tier in this bundle will cost you a flat $5, and this includes another three games.

The $5 or more tier comes with Never Alone: Ki Edition from E-Line Media, Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons from Starbreeze Studios and 505 Games, and finally LIMBO from Playdead. Also, if you pay $1 or more, you get the 10% off Humble Monthly bonus and if you pay $5+ then you get the Never Alone Soundtrack. Proceeds from this bundle can be put toward the EFF and Child’s Play Charity and you get to designate how much of your money goes towards these charities, the Humble Bundle project, and the developers themselves.

Source: Humble Mobile Bundle

LG Announces the LG X Venture With its 4,100mAh Battery

Last year, LG announced a new series of smartphones that allowed them to offer a single flagship piece of hardware in a phone at an affordable price. They do this by using low-end or mid-range hardware for all other aspects of the phone, but it really is a thoughtful way of letting the customer choose which part of the phone they want to be premium (at the expense of crowding the market). And they’re able to do this in a way that doesn’t require them to spend $500+ for the latest flagship smartphone.

This was started with the LG X Cam and the LG X Screen, and has moved on to devices like the LG X Style and the LG X Power. There was a lull period for a bit but then last month it was announced they would be launching a successor to the LG X Power. This week, it was announced that LG is launching another of these X series devices with the new one being focused on maximum durability, a high-capacity battery and some outdoor activity features too.

The device is called the LG X Venture and the company feels it will be perfectly suited for those who go camping, hiking, climbing and other outdoor activities. The LG X Venture is equipped with a 5.2″ 1080p in-cell touch display, the Snapdragon 435 SoC, and a 4,100mAh capacity battery. It also has 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot so you can bring even more media with you on any type of trip you plan to take.

There’s a 5MP wide angle front camera, a 16MP rear camera and will be shipping with Android 7.0 Nougat. The device is IP68 water and dust resistant, has a fingerprint scanner, Quick Charge 2.0 technology, a quick button for launching activities, “outdoor essentials” software that offers six useful tools in a single application (barometer, compass, activity counter (steps/calories/distance), exercise tracker, weather reporter, flashlight) and an FM radio.

Source: LG Newsroom

Leaked Renders Show Moto G5S Sporting Metal Uni-body in Three Color Options

Lenovo is planning to launch quite a few Moto devices throughout the year. Previously, a leaked presentation slide showed that Lenovo is working on a total of five smartphone lineup, namely, Moto C, Moto E, Moto G, Moto X and Moto Z. Out of which, the company has already launched the Moto C lineup earlier this month while devices such as the Moto X, Moto Z2 Force, and Moto Z2 Play have frequently been leaking throughout the  past few weeks.

Now, we’re getting details about yet another Moto device: the Moto G5S. As per leaked renders obtained by Android Authority, Lenovo is working on a premium version of the Moto G5, purportedly called the Moto G5S. The leaked renders showed off the Moto G5S in three different colors, namely, gray, gold, and blue. As you can see in the images, the device takes the same design language as the Moto G5.

On the front side, the device features a front-mounted fingerprint scanner below the screen. Up top, you can see a front camera sensor, proximity sensor, and earpiece. However, the most noticeable change here is that the device now features a front-facing flash, which should help users capture better selfies even in darker environments.

Moving to the back, the device has the same round camera unit similar to the Moto G5, accompanied by an LED flash. As per the report, the device will sport an all-metal design, unlike the Moto G5’s aluminum back and plastic sides. Additionally, the device also features thin antenna lines on top and bott0m of the back to facilitate signal transmission.

According to a leaked presentation slide which surfaced earlier, the Moto G5S will feature a 5.2-inch full HD display. The slide also revealed there will be a Plus variant of the Moto G5S. The Moto G5S Plus will sport a bigger 5.5-inch full HD display and will also house dual-camera setup on the back. The details regarding availability and pricing are not known at the time being, but considering the device sporting an all-metal design, it could mean the Moto G5S will be a bit more expensive than the current Moto G5.

Source: Android Authority

 

Founder of LeEco Steps Down as the CEO of Leshi Holding

LeEco continues to try and recover from their ongoing financial issues. The company had big plans as they launched their expansion into the United States, but that was slowed to almost a dead stop once the financial issues became too much to bear. Not only were they running out of cash, but the debts they were in were also making investors really worried. It got so bad that many employees from their United States unit said their paychecks were getting delayed.

Due to these issues, the company backed out of their $2 billion acquisition of Vizio and even started looking to sell the piece of land they once bought from Yahoo. LeEco is part of a holdings company called Leshi Holding and until now, the founder and CEO of LeEco, Jia Yueting, was also the CEO of that publicly traded unit. Yesterday though, it was announced that Mr. Yueting would be stepping down as the CEO from Leshi Holding.

He will continue on as a chairman of the company, but Liang Jun will be stepping in as the new CEO of the company. Mr. Jun used to be an executive over at Lenovo but was hired by Leshi back in 2012. Jia Yueting apologized to investors and employees as he put the blame of Leshi’s development on a lack of focus. The company is putting their money on the new CEO in hopes that he will be able to step up and get things back on track.

This isn’t the only shakeup happening there though. The finance chief of Leshi had recently resigned due to personal reasons and it’s been confirmed that role will be filled by Zhang Wei. CNBC is even reporting that LeEco will be doing massive layoffs at their US branch today. This part has yet to be confirmed by an employee of LeEco, but the report claims up the staff will be cut back from over 500 to only 60.

Source: Reuters