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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, 3 look what's coming your way... Not official[ly] released but a Chrome OS tablet," Payne wrote. The... 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 a new addition for Dell Chromebooks, even if most Windows, Mac and Android smartphone users have long... 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 running Windows, Linux, or macOS. The way Android apps stop running on Chrome OS now is a throwback... 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 and then disappear. The only device that seems to consistently have access to working Office... 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 able to identify a series of vulnerabilities that could lead to persistent code execution on Chromebooks... 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 4GB of RAM. 16GB or 32GB of eMMC storage can installed in the machine, and you'll find a smallish... 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. The Chrome OS team uploaded a short demonstration of the Chrome OS launcher in action. It is pretty... 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 of us, whether it's Microsoft or any of us.” Previously known as Windows 10 Cloud prior to its official... 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 Microsoft’s effort to unseat Chrome OS in the education market. At its core, you will have all of... 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 to be positioned in watch, tent, laptop and tablet modes. You won’t find a power-sapping x86 processor... 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 the potential to make as profound an impact on the mobile sector that Android did when it originally... 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 that wasn't quite ready for prime time. Still, it was an option for anyone feeling impatient and wanting... 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 the flag chrome://flags/#quick-unlock-pin, restart Chrome, and go to Chrome Material Design settings... 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 low-end Chromebook devices, then you won’t be surprised to see a 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3060 processor... 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 Flip becomes the first Chromebook to enable the feature. The fact that the ASUS Flip becomes the first... 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 that a session description claims that it was properly announced: Today we announced that we’re adding... 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, and no matter which processor you choose you receive Intel HD Graphics 515. The 2.86-lb Chromebook... 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 by reddit user TheWiseYoda, who was a bit baffled when a prompt revealed that it would allow... 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 eMMC storage, a USB 2.0 port, HDMI port, Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. All you need to do is find... 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 of both operating systems, there's no plan to phase out Chrome OS.” said Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP... 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 to emerge next year.If Google goes through with this, it would leave Apple as the odd man out. Microsoft... 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 of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 14-inch (1366x768) HD display (an optional Full HD display is... Read more...
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