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ASUS Chromebit finally launches for just $85

ASUS Chromebit finally launches for just $85

It was many months ago that Google and Asus announced the Chromebit, and now it's finally available for a price of only $85. Like a big brother to the Chromecast, the Chromebit is similar to other PC-on-a-stick models, except instead of Windows it's sporting Chrome OS. Just plug it into any HDMI-equiped TV or monitor, and it becomes a full-fledged Chromebook computer. The candy bar-sized stick is made by Asus, and features a full-sized USB port on the end.

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Google says there’s “no plan to phase out Chrome OS”

Google says there’s “no plan to phase out Chrome OS”

Last week we spoke about when and where it'll make sense for Google to create a wave of Android notebooks. The rumors were that Chrome OS was eventually going to be folded in to Android, and that Chrome OS would no longer exist - sort of. Today Google has taken to their own Google Chrome Blog to say that there's no such plan at the moment. "there’s been some confusion," said Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast, "about the future of Chrome OS and Chromebooks based on speculation that Chrome OS will be folded into Android."

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HP Chromebook 14 promises over 9 hours of battery life per charge

HP Chromebook 14 promises over 9 hours of battery life per charge

HP has launched its next generation Chromebook called the Chromebook 14. The new computer is aimed at giving users a premium experience with HD screens and long battery life in a thin computing platform with colorful designs. The machine is offered in turbo silver and sky blue colors and starts at 3.94 pounds making it very portable.

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Did we really need a Chrome OS after all

Did we really need a Chrome OS after all

Last week's big rumor was that Google, or Alphabet rather, was contemplating, nay already working on, folding Chrome OS into Android. To those who have never heard of Chrome OS before, it's business as usual. But for those who have been following Google's two-pronged OS strategy, it raises some hard questions. Was Chrome OS really necessary in the first place? Better yet, did it make sense at all? And when or if this restructuring is over, will there be tears shed for the browser-based operating system that was designed for low-powered, affordable laptops?

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Three things to know about the Lenovo Ideapad 100S Chromebook

Three things to know about the Lenovo Ideapad 100S Chromebook

Lenovo's Ideapad 100S Chromebook is a version of its Ideapad 100S that runs Google's Chrome OS operating system rather than Windows 10. In many ways, the two laptops are the same, but Chromebooks and Windows PCs have some fundamental differences and so not everything is identical. We recently gave the Chromebook version a quick review, and while you should check it out, we're also back with three primary highlights.

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Android will battle OS X and Windows: here’s why

Android will battle OS X and Windows: here’s why

Google's Android operating system won't just be for the "mobile" environment forever. Google's Chrome OS hasn't been a failure outright - but eventually it won't be necessary for the company to distribute. Google's latest hardware reveal, the tablet-with-keyboard Pixel C, is proof positive that Google isn't afraid to treat Android like a desktop operating system. With rumors running rampant this week (for the millionth time in the past several years) that Chrome OS will fold into Android soon, I can't help but think that Microsoft and Apple should be on the lookout.

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Hiroshi Lockheimer: We are very committed to Chrome OS

Hiroshi Lockheimer: We are very committed to Chrome OS

Yesterday, word broke out that Alphabet, Google's new mothership, might be in the process of merging the disparate but superficially related worlds of Android and Chrome into one, with a unified OS launching sometime next year. While still unconfirmed, many have already given their opinions on it, some hailing the move as a long time coming while others naturally disappointed at even the thought. While not completely putting those rumors to rest, HIroshi Lockheimer took to Twitter to signify is support for the now embattled OS.

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Report: Chrome OS and Android will be merged by 2017

Report: Chrome OS and Android will be merged by 2017

According to new sources who have surfaced, Alphabet is planning to merge Chrome OS into Android, with work to do this having been underway for the past two or so years. This new unified operating system is reportedly slated for a 2017 unveiling, but the sources claim we could be seeing an early version of the OS some time in 2016. This tipped new version of Android will, say the sources, run on PCs as well as tablets and phones.

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Review: Lenovo Ideapad 100S Chromebook

Review: Lenovo Ideapad 100S Chromebook

We recently reviewed Lenovo's Ideapad 100S, an inexpensive Windows 10 laptop with enough power for everyday use and moderate battery life. The laptop is ideal for many users, such as students and casual web surfers, but Windows 10 isn't everyone's cup of tea, and so Lenovo has a second, similar laptop: the Ideapad 100S Chromebook. As expected, the two laptops are very similar, but bring with them some of their own unique aspects, the details of which we have in our latest full SlashGear review.

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HP Chromebook 14 offers Chrome OS with 9hr+ battery

HP Chromebook 14 offers Chrome OS with 9hr+ battery

Chrome OS keeps getting more capable, and HP is promising more portability and more color from its new Chromebook 14. The 14-inch notebook promises up to 9 hours 15 minutes battery life and is entirely fanless, using Intel's Celeron N2840 processor and offering a choice of screen resolutions.

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Three things to know about the Dell Chromebook 13

Three things to know about the Dell Chromebook 13

Dell's new Chromebook 13 is another contender in Google's Chrome OS market, and it is a serious player on the field. Dell hails this as its first professional-level Chromebook, and we agree with its assessment; if you're looking to grab a Chromebook for work, the Chromebook 13 won't disappoint. The same is true if you want to use the Chromebook 13 as your everyday laptop, or you're particular when it comes to features. We've detailed everything you need to know in our full review, but here are three key points to know.

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Chromecast Review (2015): Utilitarian Smart TV Masterpiece

Chromecast Review (2015): Utilitarian Smart TV Masterpiece

The 2015 version of the Chromecast is just nice enough to want to upgrade from the original and certainly worth the cash for new users. Chromecast is, at its core, a doorway for your smartphone to access your TV. Like its predecessor (also called Chromecast), this device acts as the courier for content from the internet to your living room, allowing your smartphone (or tablet, or laptop) to act as the controller and the explorer. This version of the Chromecast is faster than the original and a bit more versatile as it works with a cord now instead of just a dongle.

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