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Which Chromebooks can use Android apps?

Which Chromebooks can use Android apps?

Android apps on Chrome OS is a long time coming. Probably too long. It has been months since Google officially announced the arrival of Google Play Store on Chrome devices but it has yet to make any significant headway into that promise. Performance has not been rated well and its rollout is still pretty dismal. To better reflect that disappointing state of affair, Google has updated its list of Chrome OS devices eligible for Play Store support. And it's not all good news.

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Lenovo Yoga Book with Chrome OS might be no more

Lenovo Yoga Book with Chrome OS might be no more

The rather innovative and daring Lenovo Yoga Book was somewhat great as a Windows 2-in-1 tablet and OK as an Android slate. It seemed, however, perfect for that other hybrid operating system, Chrome OS. Part desktop OS and soon part Android desktop, there have been signs that this other Google OS might be coming to the Lenovo Yoga Book soon. All those hopes, however, may have been dashed by a source code change that hints, but doesn't confirm, that a Chromebook Yoga Book is, for all intents and purposes, dead.

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New HP Chromebook for education unveiled by Google

New HP Chromebook for education unveiled by Google

Earlier this week saw Google's senior VP of hardware clear up some remarks about the future of first-party Chromebooks. Fortunately, if you're a fan non-Google-made devices, the future continues to be bright with plenty of Chromebook options. The latest laptop comes from HP, Google has revealed, and is aimed at students in the classroom: the Chromebook x360 11 G1 Education Edition.

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Chromebooks’ new age is coming along with Adobe Android apps

Chromebooks’ new age is coming along with Adobe Android apps

Google and some of its partners have revealed a few things that should have Chromebook fans gushing, and maybe Android users a bit anxious. Perhaps to emphasize that its Chrome OS platform and Chromebook device line is far from dead, Google has revealed two new Chromebooks with a more creative bent. That ties in well with Adobe's announcement of its Android apps being optimized for Chromebooks, heralding the day when Android apps on Chromebooks will be as normal as Android apps on Android devices.

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Android Nougat for Chrome OS to bring resizable apps

Android Nougat for Chrome OS to bring resizable apps

Android Nougat could probably be nicknamed "The Juggler" because of how it brought the gift of powerful multi-tasking to Android. Apparently, however, it might not just be Android that will benefit from that. According to Chrome Unboxed, even Chrome OS gets a taste of that multi-tasking if and when Nougat comes to Chrome OS. Apparently that might really be soon now, at least for those in the development channel, as screenshot reveal Chrome OS running not just Android 7.0 but Android 7.1.1 even.

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Chrome OS version of Lenovo Yoga Book coming next year

Chrome OS version of Lenovo Yoga Book coming next year

Released earlier this year, Lenovo's new Yoga Book is an interesting take on the 2-in-1 tablet form factor. The device drops a traditional physical keyboard for a touch surface that can be used for both typing and stylus input, and it comes in both Android and Windows models. But now the Yoga Book is about to get a lot more appealing, especially for those users who prefer Chrome OS.

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Chrome OS getting Wake on Voice, Google Assistant predicted

Chrome OS getting Wake on Voice, Google Assistant predicted

After a brief period of hype brought about by official Android apps support, it seems that discussions around Chrome OS and Chromebooks have once again been reduced to murmurs. Things, however, might pick up again if the speculation presented by Chrome Unboxed turns comes to pass. Some code sleuthing revealed that at least one upcoming Chromebook could get an always-listening “OK Google” feature, just like on smartphones. But more than just the feature itself, it is hinted that it could be paving the way for the arrival of Google Assistant on Chrome OS.

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ASUS Chromebook C302A spotted high specs, 360-degree fold

ASUS Chromebook C302A spotted high specs, 360-degree fold

Chromebooks are back! Or at least hardware makers are showing interest in them again. Whether the trend remains for good this time remains to be seen, depending on whether Chrome OS even exists in a year or so. That uncertainty, however, isn’t stopping manufacturers like Samsung or ASUS from betting on the platform. In fact, ASUS is expected to soon announce the Chromebook C302CA, which gives the Chromebook yet another version of the Yoga-like 360-degree folding form factor. Unlike most Chromebooks, however, this ASUS slate seems to be really designed for maximum productivity.

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Samsung Chromebook Pro may be the next “Note” with S Pen

Samsung Chromebook Pro may be the next “Note” with S Pen

There's been word for several months now that Samsung has been working on a new Chromebook model under the codename "Kevin," and today we got an early look at the real thing thanks to a slip-up involving pre-order pages briefly going up early. This is the Samsung Chromebook Pro, and while it hasn't officially been announced just yet, a number of its specs and features were detailed, and it's clear that this is not the typical budget-friendly Chromebook, but a premium, high-end Chrome OS device.

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Google Assistant: How Google is making the OS irrelevant

Google Assistant: How Google is making the OS irrelevant

Days before the Google Pixel finally broke cover, there was a lot of talk about the possibility of a certain Andromeda OS being revealed as well. Andromeda was an intriguing though highly debatable idea, a true unification of Google’s two operating systems, Android and Chrome. In the end, of course, it didn’t come to pass. But what Google did was not only not announce any such Android and Chrome OS merger, it actually revealed something that, in the long run, would make both of those irrelevant, or at least invisible, to the user, in a future where everyone has their own, personal, Google Assistant.

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Google Pixel Phone detailed in release-level flying colors

Google Pixel Phone detailed in release-level flying colors

New images of the Google Pixel smartphone (one of two) have leaked, allowing a much clearer look at the simplicity of the company's next vision. Not entirely unlike one of several 3rd-party launchers with circular icons (as we saw earlier this month), this view of the smaller Pixel smartphone shows how the device will present an extremely straightforward way of using one's phone as an information source and app launcher. Google's "G" icon is also quite prevalent without requiring Google's full word brand mark to take up any more room than it needs to.

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Google Andromeda hybrid Android/Chrome OS tested on Nexus 9

Google Andromeda hybrid Android/Chrome OS tested on Nexus 9

Google may or may not have another surprise in store for both Android and Chrome OS fans this coming October 4th. But whether it is revealed together with the HTC-made Pixel smartphones or not, the growing evidence of the Andromeda OS’ existence is enough to generate both excitement and worry. As has been reported before, Andromeda is allegedly the much rumored and prophesied fusion of Android and Chrome OS, and apparently it’s already being tested on a Nexus 9, coincidentally also made by HTC.

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