At the end of last year, details of a new project discovered Google was working to bring Windows to some Chromebooks. From now on it looks like it will never happen. The project has been removed.
Known as Project Campfire (or "AltOS" in the source code), the goal was to create a dual-boot setting with Windows to select Chromebooks. As far as we know it was in the Pixelbook test but would probably have appeared on other powerful Chromebooks.
When the news about Campfire was first released, many users were incredibly excited about the idea of being able to run Windows with Chrome OS on their laptops ̵1; it would be the perfect solution to compensate for Chrome OS's downsides. But backdoors to older devices act like a large company, especially considering the limited storage on most Chromebooks. Campfire is rumored to require at least 40 GB of free space to work at all, which is a big order for almost all Chromebooks out there.
It's not much of a shock that Google conserved the project and it's worth remembering that there was never any "official" capability in the first place. With Linux apps on all Chromebooks ahead, users already have more choices than ever before on Chrome OS and less for a reason to need Windows in the first place. In the end, I'd rather see that the Chrome OS team works anyway on new Chrome OS features. [About Chromebooks]
In other news
- FCC wants to block all robocalls: The Federal Communications Commission proposed a plan to allow phone companies to block robocalls by default. This would allow operators to work with call blocking tools, which would also allow customers to automatically block all calls from their contact list. It sounds like a step in the right direction. [Engadget]
- Google's BLE Titan Key has a security error: Google's Titan Key is a package of two security keys used for 2FA USB, a Bluetooth / USB. Google found a security error in the latter by the couple and warned users yesterday. It offers free compensation to Titan's customers, giving them a whole new set of keys. You can go here for more info. [TechCrunch]
- Samsung may have fixed folded: According to a new report from the Korean news agency Yonhap, Samsung made the changes needed to fix its erroneous Galaxy Fold smartphone. It will move the protective layer that was removed by the users under the glass, and close the gaps around the folding mechanism that allow dust and debris to enter the unit and cause damage. A fixed release date is still not available. [9to5Google]
- Steam Link comes to iOS: A year ago, the Apple Steam Link app that allowed users to stream games from Steam on a computer rejected a mobile device – from the App Store to "business conflicts with app guidelines." is the decision reversed, and Steam Link is available to everyone in the App Store. You just can't buy games from the app – a feature available on Android. [The Verge]
- A new app that can identify ear infections: Researchers at the University of Washington developed an app that allows parents to control their child for signs of ear infection with nothing but the phone's microphone and cone-shaped piece of paper. Fascinating. [Gizmodo]
- Instagram kills its standalone message profile: Did you also know that Instagram has an instant messaging app? It does – but it will be gone "within the month." That was quick. [TechRadar]
In yesterday's Nintendo Direct event, the company announced the much-anticipated Super Mario Maker 2, and this time it packs much more than a simple level builder. In true Mario fashion, Maker 2 will offer a history location where you have to rebuild Peach's castle. It also renovated the builder himself to include co-building, lots of new objects and mechanics that are completely new to a Mario game. Maker 2 will be released June 28 for Switch. [Kotaku]
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