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Google has published a new stable channel update for Chrome OS, which movies the operating system one step closer to replacing Android on tablets. The stable channel is now updated to 64.0.3282 (Platform version: 10176.65.0) for most devices running Chrome OS. The build packs in several fixes and security updates, while Google says that devices will begin receiving the update over the next several days. A new tablet from Acer was spied recently at the BETT show in London running Chrome OS rather than Android, and it could benefit from a number of new features introduced with this latest build.... Read more...
We have seen an influx of Chromebooks in recent weeks, with both Dell and Lenovo launching new models primarily aimed at the education segment. These laptops run Google's cloud-oriented Chrome OS, offering students and teachers a low cost alternative to a Windows machine, but what about tablets? So for no company has released a tablet running Chrome OS. That might change, as one was spotted at the BETT show in London. Alister Payne, founder and managing director of CloudEd Solutions, a Google Education partner, posted a picture on Twitter of an Acer-brand tablet running Chrome OS. "Grade 1, 2,... Read more...
Google has managed to make serious inroads in the education market thanks to Chrome OS-backed devices from major OEMs. The company has managed to displace long-time favorite Apple as the "go-to" choice for educators due to extremely attractive pricing, and has even drawn the attention of Microsoft. Dell is stepping up its efforts in this market with the launch of the new Chromebook 5000 Series. The first entry in the series is the Chromebook 5190, which will be available in one of two form-factors: 11-inch laptop or 2-in-1 convertible. These devices also bring USB-C support, which is somewhat of... Read more...
Chrome OS fans will soon be receiving a feature that many have been wanting since support for Android apps rolled out. The new feature is Android Parallel Tasks, and it is tipped for release in Chrome OS 64. This feature will give Chromebook users the ability to have Android apps continue to run in the background when they click away. Currently, if you are running an app or game that needs real-time data like Google Analytics, the second you click away from that app it pauses. With Android Parallel Tasks, the apps would continue to run in the background, just as you would expect on other desktops... Read more...
Today's Chromebooks appeal to many consumers thanks to their low price of entry and lightweight form-factor. The big downside of the Chromebook is that you are limited to what software you can run on the machines; much more so than a typical Windows-based laptop.  If part of the software you were missing on a Chromebook that kept you from making the leap was Microsoft Office, we've got some good news for you today. When the first Android compatible Chromebooks came out, some were able to run Office apps, and some weren't. Reports also indicate that Office Apps would show up for some Chromebooks... Read more...
Google has been paying out some significant money to get security researchers and hackers to tear apart its Chrome browser and Chrome OS. In March of 2015, Google offered up $100,000 for anyone who could find an exploit chain that would allow for a persistent compromise of a Chromebox or Chromebook using guest mode via a webpage. That $100,000 offer was an increase from the original $50,000 bounty.That bounty went unclaimed for many months until a researcher that uses the moniker Gzob Qq notified Google on September 18 that he had identified a set of vulnerabilities in Chrome OS. The hacker was... Read more...
Earlier this year, Hewlett-Packard launched the Chromebook x360 11 G1 Education, which is quite a mouthful to say we might add. The rugged little device was designed to take punishment from unrelenting school children, and HP now feels that the convertible has the chops to make it in the mainstream consumer market. The device makes the transition with minimal changes, although we're proud to announce that it has a much simpler name this time around: Chromebook x360. Like its education-centric counterpart, the Chromebook x360 is powered by a dual-core Celeron N3350 processor that is paired up with... Read more...
Google did not have touch input in mind when it developed Chrome OS, a lightweight operating system that would serve as the foundation for its Chromebook initiative. Instead, Google was preoccupied with the cloud. Nevertheless, Google's hardware partners came out with touch-capable Chromebooks anyway, and now the Chrome OS team is tooling around with a touch-friendly version of the launcher for Chrome Canary (experimental version). While this is still in the experimental phase, it seems like a forgone conclusion that Chrome OS will be upgraded with a touch-friendly launcher in the near future.... Read more...
Microsoft announced its Windows 10 S operating system last week at an education-focused event in New York City. There’s no question that Windows 10 S is a direct assault on Chrome OS, which has taken the education market by storm. However, one Google exec sees Windows 10 S as proof that his company made the right design decisions with Chrome OS. Google VP Prabhakar Raghava said in a recent interview that the very existence of Windows 10 S is “a validation of the approach we've taken.” Raghava went on to add, “What educational institutions have demanded is simplicity. It's a real test tube for all... Read more...
When it comes to the education market, Google has struck [market share] gold with Chrome OS. Chromebooks running the minimalistic operating system are low-cost, which strikes the right note with cash-strapped school systems. Companies like Apple have little ability to combat the Chromebook threat due to its pricing disadvantage and the usability/productivity/multi-user issues with iPads. Likewise, Windows-based PCs have also been undercut in pricing, although Microsoft has a new counterattack lying in wait: Windows 10 S. Windows 10 S, which has previously been referred to as Windows 10 Cloud, is... Read more...
Google has taken the low-cost PC market by storm with Chrome OS, which has allowed budget Chromebook devices to flood the market. While consumers have been snapping up the machines due to their attractive pricing, educational institutions have also embraced the devices for obvious reasons (including easy management). Lenovo was an early believer in Chromebooks and is fleshing out its lineup with the addition of the Flex 11 Chromebook. As its name implies, this Chromebook has an 11.6-inch IPS HD display with an added twist. It features a 360-degree hinge that allows the multi-touch display... Read more...
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...
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