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AMD wants to make chips for Android and Chrome OS

AMD wants to make chips for Android and Chrome OS

Be prepared to see mobile devices and laptops running Android and Chrome OS using AMD chips under the hood. It's reported that the chip maker is open to designing and developing chips that are catered to support Android and Chrome OS. AMD will still be committed to Windows machines, but they hope to expand more into mobile territory in the future.

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Samsung tipped to bring big.LITTLE ARM power to Chromebook

Samsung tipped to bring big.LITTLE ARM power to Chromebook

With the Samsung GALAXY S 4 in consumer hands internationally, fully stocked with Exynos OctaCore processors, so too has a new Chromebook been tipped with the same technology. While the big.LITTLE ARM processor architecture suggested for this next-generation machine has been implemented on the GALAXY S 4 (the international edition, that is) for a split between obvious "big" and "little" tasks, its usage in Chrome may be a bit less obvious. This device could very well be introduced at the June event teased by Samsung as well.

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HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook Review

HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook Review

HP has officially entered into the Chromebook market with their new $329 Pavilion 14 Chromebook. As a laptop, it doesn’t deviate too far from HP standards, and it still sports the same curves and style that you’d expect out of a laptop from the company. Plus, despite being a Chromebook, it feels more like a traditional Windows laptop with it’s fairly spacious keyboard and trackpad, along with the 14-inch display. However, looks aren’t everything, and it’s the internal hardware and performance that can make or break a notebook. Is the Pavilion 14 worthy of a spot on your college laptop shortlist for the upcoming school year? Let’s find out.

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Google I/O 2013 on-site Wrap-up: Glass, Developers, and Services on tap

Google I/O 2013 on-site Wrap-up: Glass, Developers, and Services on tap

It's a return to form here at Google I/O 2013, with none other than Google’s own Vice President of Android Product Management Hugo Barra letting us know that he'd personally fought hard for a more developer-focused single keynote address. As past years had been notably more consumer and product-focused than 2013, it's not a flash-bang the company has gone for here, it's a return to form: Google I/O in its purest form.

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Google I/O and the year of the Context Ecosystem

Google I/O and the year of the Context Ecosystem

We went into Google I/O hoping for hardware and gadgetry; instead, we got three and a half hours of software and services - gaming, messaging, Larry Page wistfully envisaging a geeky utopia. You can perhaps excuse us for getting carried away in our expectations. I/O 2012 was a huge spectacle, with lashings of shiny new hardware only overshadowed by skydiving Glass daredevils and Sergey Brin looking moody on a rooftop. In contrast, 2013's event brought things a whole lot closer back to the developer-centric gathering that the show had originally been established as. Glass was conspicuous by its on-stage absence, and the new Nexus tablets that had been rumored were also no-shows; the emphasis was firmly on how the components of Google's software portfolio were being refined as the mobile and desktop battles waged on.

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The New Google Maps hands-on with personalized results

The New Google Maps hands-on with personalized results

This week Google I/O 2013's single keynote session focused not just on Chrome and Android, but on Google Maps as well. In an update that Google simply calls "The new Google Maps" and won't be available to all users until later this year. Developers attending Google I/O 2013 as well as those that get early invites to the system will be able to take part in the roll-out first: here Google begins to truly integrate their smart search results and their maps systems, here that Google's promise that the map itself will become the user interface.

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What Google DIDN’T announce at I/O 2013

What Google DIDN’T announce at I/O 2013

This weeks' Google I/O developer conference was the first in several years where the company limited its keynote appearance to a single day. In this single 3-hour session, what Google abstained from speaking about may very well have been more telling than what they did announce - Android, Chrome, Google Services, and everything in-between. Because this now-yearly event is a very special time in which Google's words mean as much spoken as unspoken, it's become just as important to discuss what we've seen as it is chatting about what we didn't.

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Google Voice search hits Chrome with Hotwording: “Ok, Google”

Google Voice search hits Chrome with Hotwording: “Ok, Google”

Google's Conversational Voice Search system has been living on both iOS and Android for either weeks or months - this week it's coming to the Chrome web browser for all devices complete with a command familiar to Google Glass users: "Ok, Google." This system will allow users to speak with natural language - conversational, that is - on any desktop computer with a microphone.

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Chromebook Pixel marks first Google I/O 2013 developer gift

Chromebook Pixel marks first Google I/O 2013 developer gift

This week the folks at Google have begun their traditional giving away of a series of devices with the Chromebook Pixel. This device is the highest-definition display-toting notebook on the market running Chrome, and it works with a touchscreen interface to round-off its abilities as Google's choice for "best notebook in the world." This system is the same unit SlashGear reviewed earlier this year.

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Chrome OS experience comes to Android mobile browser

Chrome OS experience comes to Android mobile browser

Here at Google I/O, the company is discussing their Chrome web browser, and they've announced that the browser has reached 750 million active users, which is up from 450 million users last year, which is quite the increase. However, the company showed off how they're working to evolve the Chrome browser in order to enjoy desktop experiences on mobile devices.

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Google I/O 2013 behind-the-scenes preview tour: we’re here!

Google I/O 2013 behind-the-scenes preview tour: we’re here!

It's day zero at Google I/O 2013, the company's developer event made for and by developer groups and Google to strengthen their world of software, services, and everything in-between. SlashGear has gotten the opportunity to step behind-the-scenes at this event on registration day - that is, the day before everything begins. Here we'll begin to explore what's actually at the event with the hard evidence that only comes from on-site investigation right in the midst of the big setup.

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Google’s Sundar Pichai talks Android-Chrome merge and I/O focus

Google’s Sundar Pichai talks Android-Chrome merge and I/O focus

Google's big Android shakeup, replacing OS founder Andy Rubin with Sundar Pichai back in March and thus bringing Android and Chrome under the same umbrella, won't lead to a merge in the short-term, but developers can expect big software - though perhaps not hardware - news at Google I/O this week, the new chief says. The big developer event this week will focus predominantly on getting the most out of Chrome and Android, not launching new hardware or combining them, Pichai told Wired, though the freshly-empowered exec also took the time to discuss Google's broader attitudes to mobility and personal devices. Perhaps most controversially, Pichai isn't convinced that people-centric Android modifications, like Facebook Home, quite deliver what they should. "I think life is multifaceted" he argues, "people are a huge part of it, but not the center and be-all of everything."

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