Google has announced a new version of its Chrome OS, dubbed Chrome OS Flex, which is now available as part of its early access system. This new operating system is designed to run on older PCs and Macs.
The company targets businesses and schools and claims that the Chrome OS Flex operating system can be installed “in minutes.” Google claims that Chrome OS Flex can work effectively on devices up to 13 years old.
The announcement of Chrome OS Flex comes a few years after Google acquired Neverware, the company that created Cloudready, a lightweight operating system for schools and businesses with fleets of older PCs or Macs. Speaking of the use case, Google says older systems can be “revitalized” by replacing Windows or macOS with Chrome OS Flex, a lightweight operating system that can run on weaker hardware and remain stable for years.
The company says Chrome OS Flex will get the same attention from Google as Chrome OS. It will look and work just like Chrome OS because the new operating system is based on the same codebase.
Some features may not be available depending on the hardware. This means that some features, such as always having access to Google Assistant and syncing with an Android smartphone, may not be available on some devices.
Xiaomi is preparing a special version of MIUI 15 for Xiaomi 13 Ultra and Redmi K60 Pro
Xiaomi is preparing MIUI 15 for various smartphones, but the company has something interesting in store for its flagships: Xiaomi 13 Ultra and Redmi K60 Pro will receive a special version of the interface. How exactly this version of MIUI 15 will differ from the usual one is not reported, but it will be based on Android 14.
The stable beta version of the new interface for Xiaomi Mi 13 Ultra is designated as MIUI-V184.108.40.206.UMACNXM, for Redmi K60 Pro – MIUI-V220.127.116.11.UMKCNXM. The release of final firmware versions is expected in late October – early November. That is, these two models can receive the final MIUI 15 even before Xiaomi 14 and Xiaomi 14 Pro.
Microsoft is preparing a lightweight version of Windows 12 for very cheap PCs and laptops
Microsoft is indeed working on a “web-centric” version of the next generation of the Windows operating system, commonly known as Windows 12. This was reported by the thematic resource WindowsLatest, citing several sources close to Microsoft and its industry partners.
The cloud or web-based version of Windows 12 is similar in operating principles to the already well-known ChromeOS operating system from Google, which is used mainly on school and student PCs and laptops that are characterized by accessibility.
As WindowsLatest notes, the cloud version of Windows 12 is not intended to replace the traditional proprietary OS on desktop computers and could be the “true” answer to Chrome OS. This is Microsoft’s attempt to create a more modern, modular and lightweight version of Windows for low-cost educational devices.
Microsoft is already building a development team for the next generation of Windows. This is confirmed by job listings appearing online. It also notes that the “next generation of Windows” will appear in 2024.
As WindowsLatest learned, the Microsoft Edge browser and a new artificial intelligence system will be the center of the first web version of Windows 12.
Android Auto users complain about problems with GPS
Users of Google’s car platform began to complain about problems with the GPS signal after the release of the stable Android Auto 10.5 update.
According to some users, they have encountered problems with GPS while driving. Several users reported that the GPS signal suddenly disappeared for a few seconds and the navigator froze, but after a few moments it came to life and continued to work normally. This problem affects not only Google Maps, but also the Waze app.
Unfortunately, Google developers have not yet acknowledged the problems with GPS. However, you shouldn’t get too upset because new Android Auto updates come out every few weeks. If you have problems with GPS when using Android Auto, you can downgrade to an older version.
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