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Google Play Crossed 25 Billion Downloads; Chrome 22 Stable Release Adds Mouse Lock, 3D Apps and More

Google Play, that homes to 675,000 apps and games has now hits 25 billion downloads from Google Play. To celebrate this achievement, Google is offering some great discounts for the next five days letting you choose from a collection of apps from some of the world’s top developers including Gameloft, Electronic Arts, Rovio, runtastic, Full Fat and more “all for just 25 cents”

In addition, Google is also offering some special collections “like 25 movies you must own, 25 banned books, 25 albums that changed the world and 25 top selling magazines, all at special prices,” Google posted.

Visit Google Play a little later today to check them out.

google play crossed 25 billion downloads of apps and games

Google promoted the Chrome 22 to the stable channel. In this Stable release, “we’ve added support for more natural gaming on web apps. If you enjoy 3D gaming,” Google posted.

Now at version 22.0.1229.79, Chrome has a number of new and exciting updates including:

  • Mouse Lock API availability for Javascript
  • Additional Windows 8 enhancements
  • Continued polish for users of HiDPI/Retina screens

With the inclusion of the “Pointer Lock JavaScript API” (often called “Mouse Lock”), “3D applications such as first-person games can allow users to control their perspective naturally with the mouse, without moving outside the window or bumping into the edge of their screen,” Google explained.

“We’re excited to see recent web platform technologies such as WebGL, Web Audio, Fullscreen, WebSockets, Gamepad, and Pointer Lock combine to be greater than the sum of their parts,” Google added.

As always, Chrome will automatically update itself, if you haven’t already tried Chrome yet, give it a spin here.

Try it out for yourself in this 3D, first-person shooter demo created by Mozilla.

Google also updated Dev channel of Chrome OS to version 23.0.1271.8 (Platform version: 2913.21.0) for Chromebooks (Acer AC700, Samsung Series 5 550, Samsung Series 3, and Cr-48) and Samsung Chromebox Series 3.

This build contains a number of UI, functional and stability improvements:

  • Pepper Flash updated to version
  • UI improvements
  • Wifi Improvements
  • Greater Stability

Also revealing all the key findings of a study to quantify the value of Chromebooks for Education based on data from schools using Chromebooks. Google said it show:

  • Chromebooks require 69 percent less labor to install and 92 percent less labor to support, reducing the need to hire additional IT staff
  • Chromebooks reduce the per-device cost of ownership up to $935 over 3 years – a Chromebook deployed in school starts at $13.30 monthly

You can download the full white paper here.

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