chrome os

Google reveals kiosk-centric Chrome OS update

Google reveals kiosk-centric Chrome OS update

Google has updated Chrome OS with a new feature called Managed Public Sessions, which - as its name suggests - allows customers to use Chromebooks as a public kiosk of sorts, whether for business or browsing purposes. Google boasts that the feature is "highly customizable," and that it operates without requiring a login. In combination with the management console, the machine can be set up to meet a variety of requirements.

Continue Reading

ZTE gets Microsoft patent license for Android and Chrome OS devices

ZTE gets Microsoft patent license for Android and Chrome OS devices

Last week, Microsoft announced that it had entered a patent licensing agreement with Foxconn parent Hon Hai, covering devices that run Android and Chrome OS. Today, it has made the same announcement, this time concerning ZTE. Says Microsoft, the agreement grants the Chinese smartphone maker license to its "worldwide patent portfolio."

Continue Reading

Chromium announces new open source rendering engine project Blink

Chromium announces new open source rendering engine project Blink

WebKit makes the web go 'round, and yet it is soon to be joined by a new kid on the block: Blink, which was announced on Chromium's blog earlier today. Says Chromium, the decision to create a new rendering engine "was not an easy" one, but ultimately good will come from it. Developers don't need to worry, as the announcement reassures that little will change for them during the initial rounds of work.

Continue Reading

Google Chromebook Pixel LTE model shipping April 8

Google Chromebook Pixel LTE model shipping April 8

Google announced the Chromebook Pixel late last month, and said that it will begin shipping sometime next month, but no specific release date was disclosed. However, the LTE model of the new laptop looks to have a solid ship date of April 8, according to the product listing on the Google Play store. The entry level model still has yet to display a ship date, however.

Continue Reading

Google’s Schmidt: Android and Chrome OS not converging

Google’s Schmidt: Android and Chrome OS not converging

It seemed like a real possibility when Android chief Andy Rubin stepped down, while the Chrome OS chief took over, but as expected, it still doesn't look like Android and Chrome OS will be merging any time soon, according to Google chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt, who broke the sad news to attendees at Google's Big Tent event in India.

Continue Reading

Andy Rubin replaced as Android chief: Chrome merge looks more likely

Andy Rubin replaced as Android chief: Chrome merge looks more likely

Google has announced the mother of all shake-ups, with Andy Rubin stepping down from his position as Android lead, and handing over the reins to Sundar Pichai. The news - which will see Rubin "start a new chapter at Google" according to CEO Larry Page - will consolidate Android with Chrome and Apps, the two areas in which Sundar already manages. The transition is only likely to fuel speculation that Google will merge Android and Chrome OS.

Continue Reading

Acer releases new C710-2055 Chromebook

Acer releases new C710-2055 Chromebook

Back in November, we took a look at Acer's $199 C7 Chromebook, which featured entry-level specs that were great for the everyday internet surfer and email checker on a budget, but Acer today announced an updated model that comes with some faster hardware. However, the price tag also saw a bump this time around as well.

Continue Reading

Google Chromebook Pixel Review

Google Chromebook Pixel Review

Google certainly put on a spectacle when they announced the all-new Chromebook Pixel, and the display is truly wonderful. Everything about this new Chromebook is top notch. The design is elegant, the screen is crisp and beautiful, but we still have what many would probably agree is a love-hate relationship with the Chrome OS. Add in a touchscreen for our smartphone accustomed brains and we could really have something here. However, read on to find out if the $1,299 price is worth the risk.

Continue Reading

Don’t expect Android and Chrome OS to merge any time soon

Don’t expect Android and Chrome OS to merge any time soon

Android and Chrome OS: Google's split attention between two overlapping platforms has long come in for criticism, but rumors of a merge in time for the Chromebook Pixel failed to pan out. Then again, is the world ready for a $1,300 Chromebook, no matter whether it runs Android or Chrome OS? Perhaps not, Google's director of Android user experience, Matias Duarte, says, but there's more in Pixel's prescience of the touchscreen future, he argues.

Continue Reading

The Chromebook Pixel: beautiful vehicle, low-grade gasoline

The Chromebook Pixel: beautiful vehicle, low-grade gasoline

With the Google-made Chromebook Pixel we've got several points that the company hopes will be made right from the start - the first being an erasure of the hardware from our experience. They say this in the "Chromebook Pixel: For What's Next" presentation video provided today at the launch of the product - Andrew Bowers, Group Product Manager on the Chromebook project with Google literally says, "we basically wanted the hardware to disappear." If that's the case, does it really make sense to release the Pixel at all?

Continue Reading

Chromebook Pixel detailed with world’s most HD laptop display

Chromebook Pixel detailed with world’s most HD laptop display

This week the folks at Google have revealed the next step in the evolution of the Chrome operating system: the Chromebook Pixel. This machine works with the highest definition display available on the market for a notebook computer, works with multi-finger touch, and is made for the "power user." As such, this is not your everyday ultra-inexpensive Chromebook. This machine is going to cost you just a bit more than units revealed in the past.

Continue Reading

Chromebook Pixel coming in April for $1,299

Chromebook Pixel coming in April for $1,299

We heard rumors about the Chromebook Pixel earlier this month in the form of a pretty big leak. While many of us were skeptical, it seems that it was all quite true. Google officially announced the Chromebook Pixel today, with pre-orders starting right now. The laptop will begin shipping in April, and it'll cost you a pretty $1,299.

Continue Reading