Items tagged with Chrome OS

Google has plenty of hardware to reveal at its October 4th event, but one product in particular — which just so happens to be further down the pipeline — has the blogosphere exploding with anticipation. Over the weekend, Hiroshi Lockheimer, the Senior VP for Android, Chrome and Google Play, dropped a tantalizing hint with the following tweet: We announced the 1st version of Android 8 years ago today. I have a feeling 8 years from now we'll be talking about Oct 4, 2016.— Hiroshi Lockheimer (@lockheimer) September 24, 2016 From the looks of that tweet, whatever Google has stewing its caldron has... Read more...
It's been a long wait, but Chrome OS now finally and officially supports Android apps, though you'll need an Acer Chromebook R11 or Asus Chromebook Flip to enjoy the new luxury. If so, you can grab a Chrome OS update from the Stable channel (version 53.0.27815.129), which among other things includes a beta for the Google Play Store, Google announced in a blog post. Being able to use Android apps in Chrome OS isn't entirely new. Google rolled out an update to the Dev channel back in June for Asus Chromebook Flip owners to have access to Android apps, though it meant relying on experimental code... Read more...
Google is giving Chromebook owners a new way to unlock their laptops, one that Windows users have been taking advantage of for over a year now. It's the ability to sign in to Chrome OS using a PIN code. Previously if someone wanted to lock down their Chromebook, they'd need to use their Google account password or pair it with a smartphone. The third option was revealed by Google developer and self-proclaimed "Happy Evangelist" François Beaufort, who stated on his Google+ page that this is an experimental feature that's currently being tested in the latest Dev update. "All you have to do is enable... Read more...
Google is making its Chrome OS platform even more appealing thanks to the arrival of the Google Play Store and Android apps. Officially announced at Google I/O, Android apps leverage touch screen displays on Chromebooks an integrate seamlessly with the Chrome OS interface. While ASUS was the first Chromebook to officially support Android apps with the Flip, Hewlett-Packard is tossing its hat into the ring today with the announcement of the Chromebook 11 G5. The Chromebook 11 G5 is HP’s first 11.6-inch-class Chromebook that is available with an IPS HD touch screen display. If you’re familiar with... Read more...
The moment all Chromebook users have been waiting for has arrived! Well, at least those sporting ASUS Flip Chromebooks, as that seems to be the first destination for added support for apps found through Google's Play Store. If you're rocking an ASUS Flip, you'll need to enable the development channel in order to gain access, so it's not quite "public" yet. We first learned of Google's Chromebook Play Store plans way back in April, which came to us in the form of a rumor. A mere month later, Google confirmed the feature at its I/O developer conference. Fast forward less than a month, and the ASUS... Read more...
We reported on a leak last month that suggested that Google's Chrome OS would finally be gaining support for the company's Play Store, hinting that it's a feature that could be announced at the company's I/O conference. Well, as it happens, the company did confirm the feature at I/O, but surprisingly, it didn't make a big deal out of it. The fact that Google didn't raise its trumpet to announce this feature is a bit strange, as it's something most Chrome OS users would have been happy to see long ago. It could have been simply pulled from the keynote due to time, which is suggested by the fact... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard is fully committed to Google’s Chrome OS, and that dedication to the platform extends to today’s announcement of the Chromebook 13. The Chromebook 13 is quite the looker with sleek styling, premium materials (like a brushed aluminum chassis that measures just 12.9mm thick) and sixth generation Intel Skylake power. Let’s first get this out of the way; you won’t find Intel Core i5, Core i7 or even Core i3 processors under the Chromebook 13’s keyboard. Instead, you’ll find a collection of Core m3, Core m5, and Core m7 processors -- HP even offers up a Pentium 4405Y if you’re so inclined,... Read more...
A couple of years ago, Google introduced its "App Runtime for Chrome" - ARC for short. With it, the company allowed certain Android apps to be ported over to Chrome OS, helping bolster that platform's software portfolio. Since then, we've seen ARC help apps come to other platforms, including Windows and Mac OS X. Since its introduction, it's felt a bit like ARC would eventually lead up to allowing all Android apps to run on Chrome OS, and thanks to a new leak, we've received the first hint that it could happen sooner rather than later. Image Source: InauspiciousPagan The upcoming feature was discovered... Read more...
We first brought you news of ASUS’ Chromebit on April Fool’s Day, but now Taiwanese OEM and Google are ready for the official retail debut of the Chrome OS-powered computing stick. The Chromebit CS10 is a dainty little device, fitting into the palm of your hand and measuring just 12cm long. And since it’s running the lightweight Chrome OS, you won’t exactly need a lot of firepower to meet your productivity and streaming needs. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that it is powered by a Rockchip RK3288-C SoC with 2GB of RAM, Mali T764 graphics that support up to 1080p resolutions, 16GB of... Read more...
“The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Google probably feels the exact same way about Chrome OS, as a credible report last week aired that suggested Chrome OS would be given the boot, with much of its functionality being rolled into the dominant Android operating system. Google addressed the rumors today via its official Chrome blog and indicated that the future is bright from Chrome OS. Google referenced the speculation that “Chrome OS will be folded into Android,” but went on to state that Chrome OS is far from dead. “While we’ve been working on ways to bring together the best... Read more...
One of the hottest rumors on the web right now is that Google is planning to merge its Android operating system for mobile devices with its Chrome OS for laptops and desktops. And why not? When you think about it, there's no longer a hard line between personal computers and mobile gadgets, at least in terms of capabilities.As the rumor goes, Google's been working to combine Android and Chrome OS for the past couple of years. Progress is slow but steady, and if all goes to plan, the Mountain View firm will introduce the new OS during its Google I/O conference in 2017. A preview version is expected... Read more...
Notebook computers running Google’s Chrome OS — aka Chromebooks — seem to be all the rage these days, especially in the education sector. Schools that were once hip to the idea of providing students with expensive iPads are now getting more bang for their buck — along with the convenience of a built-in keyboard — with value-oriented Chromebooks. So it should come as no surprise that one of the world’s top PC OEMs is stepping up its efforts in the Chromebook market with two new offerings, both of which feature 14-inch displays. The new Chromebook 14 sports a budget Celeron N2840 processor with 2GB... Read more...
When I hear the word Chromebook, I first think of cheap plastic machines that are geared more towards A) consumers that don’t mind operating in a mostly cloud-centric environment or B) school children. But Chromebooks are also increasingly finding a home in the business sector, and companies like Dell are more than happy to address that growing market. That’s where Dell’s Chromebook 13 comes into play, targeting businesses that have not only fully embraced Chrome OS, but also want a premium machine that will stand up to abuse from employees that are continually on the go. Dell delivers with the... Read more...
Google released an update for Chrome OS late last week. Chromebook users have had the weekend to form an opinion of the new Launcher, which has Google Now integration and improved typed and voice search functionality. So far, the reaction to Chrome OS 42 is mixed. Comments posted on Google’s Chrome Releases blog suggest that some Chrome users aren’t seeing Google Now cards in the new Launcher. “I concur with other posters who complained they can’t find Google Now,” user Jim Thompson commented on Google’s blog post. “I still get cards in Notifications and have no access to Google Now from the launcher.”... Read more...
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