Items tagged with Chromebook

HP has announced the new Chromebook 15 which is priced at $449. HP offers the machine in Mineral Silver and Cloud Blue colors and both have a metal keyboard deck with a sandblasted finish and a ceramic-like white finished cover. As a Chromebook, the machine runs Chrome OS.  Inside the Chromebook 15 has an Intel Pentium Gold 4417U processor paired with 4GB of DDR4-2133 RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage. Graphics are handled by Intel HD Graphics 610, and the sound system is by B&O with dual speakers. One of the hallmarks of Chromebooks is long battery life, and the HP Chromebook 15 delivers that with up to 13 hours of runtime per charge. Other features include Intel 802.11 b/g/n/ac... Read more...
It appears as though Google or one of its partners is getting ready to release a new Chromebook model, if a newly leaked video is any indication. Codenamed "Atlas," it was originally thought this would be a Made by Google laptop, just like the Pixelbook. If so, it would likely carry a premium price tag, for a Chromebook—a Pixelbook currently starts at $799 (on sale from $999) and stretches up to $1,449 (on sale from $1,649). Atlas is a name that has shown up on the rumor radar before, next to Nocturne and Meowth. Nocturne turned out to be a Pixel Slate, while Meowth appears to have been a scrapped concept for a convertible Pixelbook. Whether it's actually dead or lying in wait remains to... Read more...
Google announced that Chrome OS 72 is ready and rolling out to Chromebooks and other devices right now. This latest update to Google's popular operating system brings with it a number of feature enhancements including support for Android 9 Pie. A key goal of the Android 9 Pie design was to utilize AI software to a higher degree. Using AI, an adaptive battery function helps to extend battery life, and an improved adaptive brightness feature learns how you like the brightness set on your device in different situations and automatically adjusts itself for your convenience. Both of these features help to extend your battery life as the software tailors itself to you. Parts of Chrome OS 72 also comes... Read more...
Just a week ago, we brought you news that support for Instant Tethering on non-Google phones had been added to the latest developer build of Chrome OS. Previously, the feature had been exclusive to Google Nexus/Pixel smartphones paired with Google-branded Chromebook and Pixel Slate devices. Today, however, Google has officially announced broad support for Instant Tethering for over a dozen Chromebooks from third-party OEMs and nearly three dozen compatible smartphones. With Instant Tethering enabled, you can quickly and easily access the data connection of your smartphone for use on your Chrome OS device. To get started, both your compatible Chrome OS device and Android smartphone will... Read more...
One of the coolest aspects of a Chromebook for those who are working on the go is the Chrome OS Instant Tethering feature that easily gets users online. The caveat with that feature is that you had to be using a Google Nexus or Pixel device for it to work. That will soon be changing with reports that the version of Chrome OS currently in the Beta and Dev channels supports Instant Tethering with non-Google smartphones. Exactly how many non-Google smartphones are compatible with Instant Tethering is unclear. Users on the Beta and Dev versions have reported that Instant Tethering works on multiple models from Samsung and OnePlus. Previously for your Chrome device and Android phone to support Instant... Read more...
In an attempt to get the jump on the competition, Acer today announced two new lightweight consumer oriented laptops. The more interesting of these two systems is Acer's new Chromebook 315, which the company said is the first to feature an A-Series AMD processor with Radeon graphics. Acer's Chromebook 315 will be available with either an AMD A4-9120C or a more powerful AMD A6-9220C. These new CPUs are both based on AMD's 8th generation Excavator microarchitecture. These processors are largely similar to their A4-9120 and A6-9220 counterparts, but feature a TDP of 6 watts instead of 15 watts along with tweaked CPU and GPU speeds. The Chromebook 315 will ship with either a 1366x768 or 1080p 15.6"... Read more...
Like it or not, the world is trending towards completely wireless solutions, or at least that is the direction some hardware makers are intent on going. As such, Google developed a set of specs called Fast Pair to make it easier to connect Bluetooth headsets and speakers to Android devices. Fast Pair is an involving standard, with Google having now added the ability to sync data across a user's Google account. "Today, we're making it easier for people to connect Fast Pair compatible accessories to devices associated with the same Google Account. Fast Pair will connect accessories to a user's current and future Android phones (6.0+), and we're adding support for Chromebooks in 2019," Google stated... Read more...
Google is set to launch its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Android 9 Pie smartphones on October 9th, but that isn't the only hardware that is set to take the stage in New York City. In addition, Google is expected to announce second-generation Pixel Buds headphones along with new Pixelbook devices. It's the latter product line that gets our attention today. Multiple leaks seem to verify that are least two distinct models of the Pixelbook are incoming. The first device was leaked in a video that was spotted in a Chromium Bug Tracker by Brandon Lall. The video shows what appears to be a tablet Pixelbook with a detachable keyboard. What’s interesting is that the keys on the keyboard are actually... Read more...
Dell has announced a new premium Chromebook at IFA 2018 that is the very first Inspiron Chromebook to launch. The machine is called the Inspiron Chromebook 14 2-in-1 and crams an 8th gen Intel Core i3-8130U running at up to 3.4GHz with a 4MB cache under the hood. Dell also fits the machine with up to 128GB of eMMC onboard storage and 4GB of DDR4 2400MHz. Chromebook 14 buyers will get a 14.0-inch IPS FHD 1080p touchscreen with wide viewing angles, while graphics are handled by Intel UHD Graphics 620 with shared graphics memory. The display can be folded back in tent mode, stand mode, tablet mode, or in normal laptop mode depending on what you need to do. Dell designed the premium Chromebook with... Read more...
There is evidence to suggest that Google may add a dual booting ability to Chrome OS to allow users to load Windows 10 onto Chromebooks, just as can be done on Apple's MacBook systems through Boot Camp. Called "Campfire," the dual boot feature appears to be in development for a public release, and not just limited to internal developers. Google is not talking about Campfire at the moment, though this is not the first we have heard of the company having interest in getting Windows 10 onto its laptops. Just a few weeks ago, it was reported that Google was trying to gain Windows 10 certification for its Pixelbook, as the folks at XDA Developers round references in the Chromium codebases to the Microsoft... Read more...
It's the time of year that parents love, and students hate; it's time to go back to school. The upside to back-to-school season for some students is that it means you get some new tech to take with you. The Google Store has a smoking deal going on right now for some of its most popular devices. One of the deals is offering up a big discount on the Pixel 2 XL. The Google Store is offering $100 off the Pixel 2 XL instantly, making it $749 rather than the normal $849. If you want the smaller Pixel 2 to fit into your skinny jeans, that device has no discount and is going for the normal $649 price. With only a $100 difference between the two devices, many will certainly opt for the 6.0-inch Pixel... Read more...
Do you even Chromebook, bro? The answer will depend on who you ask that question to, but for the most part, Chromebooks are popular in the education segment, and not so much in the mainstream market at large. Google is hoping to change that, and in an new ad campaign, the company hilariously highlights why it feels Chrome OS is superior to Windows 10 and macOS. "Built-in virus protection, a battery that lasts all day, and automatic updates: welcome to the new way of doing things. Stream, play, and work without anything slowing you down," Google states in the ad's description on YouTube. Those are solid bullet points, but nothing that would elicit a giggle. What does, however, is the ad highlighting... Read more...
Organization and management are key elements in any classroom. Google just announced several new updates that speak to the wishes of users of Google Classroom. The updates range from the ability to add and lock quizzes to better organizing classwork assignments. Google plans to release three new pages for their Classroom. The goal was to help teachers work more efficiently and allow them more time with their students. First, teachers can now organize assignments by units, themes, or dates on the “Classwork” page. Before these changes, educators and students would need to scroll through the whole page to find the relevant assignment. They also no longer need to re-post repeating assignments.... Read more...
Samsung has pulled the wraps off its second-generation Chromebook Plus, now called the Chromebook Plus V2. The South Korean company bills the Chromebook Plus V2 as a premium device at a “competitive price point”. While some may only think of low-cost entries when they hear the word Chromebook, devices like Google's own Pixelbook show that there is a market for premium devices running Chrome OS. The Chromebook Plus V2, like its predecessor, is a 2-in-1 convertible that can be used in a traditional laptop configuration or you can flip the display 360 degrees to use it as a tablet. That's where the included stylus comes into play, allowing you to draw and write on the... Read more...
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