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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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Chrome OS now stable enough for Android apps, but on select PCs only

Chrome OS now stable enough for Android apps, but on select PCs only

Many Chromebook users have long dreamed of the day when they could natively run Android apps on their machine. And for some time now they have been, but only for early adopters and those that use the dev and beta channels of the software. But the time has finally come when Google has released a new stable version of Chrome OS that offers access to the entire Play Store library.

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Pixel 2 Chromebook discontinued after selling out on Google Store

Pixel 2 Chromebook discontinued after selling out on Google Store

If you were hoping to get your hands on a Chromebook Pixel 2 from Google, it seems like you've missed your window of opportunity. The Chromebook has sold out on the Google Store, and the company tells VentureBeat that it likely won't restock it moving forward. Thus, the story of the Pixel 2 comes to a close, at least in terms of hardware sales.

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CrossOver will soon run Windows apps on Android, Chrome OS

CrossOver will soon run Windows apps on Android, Chrome OS

Yes, you read that right, but don’t worry (or perhaps be worried), it isn’t as straightforward or as magical as you might think. CodeWeavers, creators of the CrossOver software that lets users run some Windows software and games on Linux and macOS will be starting a tech preview of CrossOver for Android, which will do the same for Android devices and Chromebooks. Of course, there will be rather big limitations to this almost miraculous arrangement, from what devices you can run CrossOver on, to which Windows apps you can run.

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Chrome apps for Mac, Windows and Linux are being phased out

Chrome apps for Mac, Windows and Linux are being phased out

If you’re a Windows, Mac or Linux user, the odds are really, really low that you’re also a Chrome apps user. According Google, only about one percent of the users on those platforms are ‘actively’ utilizing packaged Chrome apps, and so as you probably guessed, there’s not much sense in continuing support for them. For this reason, Google has decided that all new Chrome apps published starting later this year will only be available on Chrome OS; support for existing apps for Mac, Windows and Linux will be phased out over the next couple of years.

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ASUS Chromebook C301SA with 64GB and 13.3″ display goes up for pre-order

ASUS Chromebook C301SA with 64GB and 13.3″ display goes up for pre-order

Earlier this summer, some posts on Reddit surfaced pointing toward a new ASUS Chromebook C301SA model with decent specs and a very nice price tag. ASUS pulled the product page shortly after it drew attention, though, and there’s been no update on it since…until today. Someone has spotted that model Chromebook up for preorder through an online retailer, though it still hasn't reappeared on ASUS' own website.

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Google Fuchsia dev team: Android, Palm, WebOS, Native Client, iOS

Google Fuchsia dev team: Android, Palm, WebOS, Native Client, iOS

Today we're having a look at the software team responsible for Google Fuchsia, a new operating system from Google. The initial commit file for this set of codes was made "6 weeks ago" by developer Petr Hosek. That first commit reads as follows: "Pink + Purple == Fuchsia (a new Operating System)". That's it! This operating system's code and its developers have a wide variety of connections to operating systems you may have had some experience with in the past - everything from iOS to the software run by the original Sidekick phone.

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