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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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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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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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Chrome, Feedly, iMovie, Vivint Sky get iOS 9 updates

Chrome, Feedly, iMovie, Vivint Sky get iOS 9 updates

iOS 9 has not only brought a lot of features to Apple's platform itself, it has also opened up iPhones and most especially iPads to a whole set of functionality coming from third party apps. Of course, adoption of those features didn't happen overnight, with updates happpening mostly in waves. This week, we're seeing a couple of new ones spread across different types of app, from Apple's own iMovie, to the Google Chrome browser, to Feedly news reader, and even Vivint Sky smart home control.

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Chrome split-screen browsing launches for iPad

Chrome split-screen browsing launches for iPad

Google's own mobile Chrome web browser has launched split-screen browsing for Apple's iPad running iOS 9. This latest update, pushed out in the App Store today, takes advantage of one of the most eagerly-anticipated features of the latest iOS version, allowing you to have Chrome open on one side of the iPad screen while another app occupies the other half.

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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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Chrome stops listening as “OK Google” trigger removed

Chrome stops listening as “OK Google” trigger removed

Cry out "OK Google!" as much as you like: your Chrome browser on the desktop is no longer listening. Google has released a new version of its web browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and in addition to a number of security fixes and other tweaks, the big difference is a deleted feature rather than an added one.

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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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Google OnHub has Chrome OS inside

Google OnHub has Chrome OS inside

A group of developers opens up the Google OnHub smart router's software to find that it runs Chrome OS. That means the device is a Chromebook - or a Chrome... Hub... as it were. While it doesn't mean you're going to be connecting the machine to a display and using it as a Chromebox any time soon, it does mean that there's far more potential for this OnHub device than Google is letting on initially. This all points to smart home control.

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Chromecast Audio and Chromecast 2 hands-on: smart media double-down

Chromecast Audio and Chromecast 2 hands-on: smart media double-down

Today we see the tiny vinyl-record-looking device known as Chromecast Audio launch alongside the Chromecast 2nd-gen. Both devices are hockey-puck looking devices, both made of strong plastic and designed to be out-of-the way - but look good if they happen to be spotted. While the original Chromecast was a dongle attached immediately to an HDMI port, with no concern for the crowded plugs around it, this generation the Chromecast duo both have slightly more extended connections - they know they're not the only devices sticking out of your TV or your speaker system.

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