Items tagged with Chromebook

Chromebook fans who have been on the lookout for more details on the Pixelbook Go will be glad to hear that the device has surfaced in full detail. One of the key design traits of the Pixelbook Go is a grippy, waved surface on the back of the machine offering tactile feel when holding it. The machine in the images is said to be the "Not Pink" model. The strange logo on top of the notebook is reportedly just a placeholder, while the standard "G" logo will be featured on the production model. As for ports and connectivity for the Pixelbook Go, the machine has a USB-C port and a 3.5mm headphone port, there is also a charging LED to let users know when the juice is flowing. Opening the lid of the... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard has just unwrapped a duo of new Chromebook devices, which are increasingly becoming popular due to the versatile nature of Google’s Chrome OS and affordable pricing. The new devices are the Chromebook x360 12b and the Chromebook x360 14b. Both share the same design language, with the main distinction being with screen size. The Chromebook x360 12b features a 12-inch HD+ display (1366x912), while the Chromebook x360 14b brings with it a larger 14-inch panel that can be had in either HD (1366x768) or FHD resolutions. Both of the devices feature a 360-degree hinge for using it in laptop or tablet modes (or anything in-between). HP Chromebook x360 14b With either device, you're... Read more...
Dell has announced the world's first Chromebook Enterprise devices in conjunction with Google. The devices also support Dell Unified Workspace, which provides a seamless (to the end user) platform for automating the deployment and management of devices across mixed OS environments. To promote this new secure platform, Dell has announced the Latitude 5400 Chromebook Enterprise and the Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Chromebook Enterprise. The Latitude 5400 and Latitude 5400 2-in-1 are equipped with 8th generation Intel Core processors (up to a Core i7) and up to 32GB of DDR4-2666 memory (2 DIMM slots). Where the primary differences lay are with the displays on each machine. The Latitude 5400 is rocking... Read more...
Google is taking a page out of Apple's playbook and is taking time to poke fun at some of the stereotypical things that the Windows operating system falls short on for some users. To do so, it brought in Bill Nye (yes that Bill Nye) to poke fun at Windows for things like slow booting and hints at poor virus protection. However, Bill doesn't actually talk all that much about the Chromebook he is using in the video, which is HP branded. He spends most of his time talking about what causes fear in humans, the fear of changing to Chromebook, and so on. There is also another very short spot that is on Instagram that has Bill talking about stacking up cash and dropping the f-bomb if you want to check... Read more...
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...
We just saw yesterday that Acer is trying to counter Google's Pixelbook with its own premium Chromebook 13 and Chromebook Spin 13. Both Acer Chromebooks are available with 8th generation Intel Core processors, and feature aluminum chassis designs.  Now, word on the street is that Google is working on even more high-end Chromebooks that will use Intel's Kaby Lake-G processors (current Pixelbooks uses 7th generation Intel processors). For those not in the know, Kaby Lake-G processors incorporate on-package AMD Radeon Vega GPUs for increased graphics prowess. A development board codenamed "Kidd" with the hybrid chip has been spotted in the Chromium Git. Does that mean... Read more...
HP has unveiled what it claims is the very first Chromebook detachable. The X2 is very thin at 8.2mm thick and it weighs in at 1.62 pounds without the keyboard. If you attach that keyboard to the device, it's 15.3mm thick and 3.14 pounds. HP uses 7th generation Intel Core M processors and up to 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM inside with a battery that promises all-day run time. The connection between the tablet portion and the island-style full-size keyboard is a magnetic hinge that makes for easy detaching when needed. The hinge has the rigidity needed to keep the tablet section upright for use as a notebook and in multiple modes. Both touch and pen functionality are supported, and with the pen users can... Read more...
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. ChromeUnboxed via Twitter/Alister Payne One of the new features is a faster method for taking screenshots... 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...
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