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Android tablets are losing steam, Chrome OS to the rescue

Android tablets are losing steam, Chrome OS to the rescue

Samsung recently announced the Galaxy Tab S5e without much fanfare and it was received with equal amounts of interest. Granted, the tablet sounded more like an "economy" (Samsung will probably call it "essentials") edition of a proper Galaxy Tab S5, but the silent treatment closely echoes the reception of Android tablets of late, even from brands like Lenovo and Huawei.

Android tablets are, for all intents and purposes, dead and there is little to no hope of a revival. Chromebooks, or Chrome OS tablets, do seem to be the way forward but Google and its partners need to be careful lest they repeat the same mistakes all over again.

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Chrome OS Virtual Desktops take a major step towards serious work

Chrome OS Virtual Desktops take a major step towards serious work

Although not exactly billed as a mostly consumption platform like Android, Chrome OS's image has mostly been limited to basic computing tasks, especially word processing and Internet-related activities that students and office workers often do. It was only recently that Google made serious efforts to present Chrome OS as a place to get real work done, especially in contrast to iOS on iPads. Its next trick will take it further in that direction, putting it on the same level as desktop operating systems with virtual desktops.

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New Chrome mode speeds up internet by blocking content

New Chrome mode speeds up internet by blocking content

Google Chrome developers are currently testing a mode dubbed "NeverSlowMode" by its creator. This function is not yet live in Google Chrome in any public form, but might soon be - if all its cards are played JUST right. The deal is that this code will flip a switch on the internet, making your internet feel very, very quick! Unfortunately, there's a rather sizable drawback.

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Acer Chromebase 24I2, Chromebase for Meetings 24V2 try to keep the all-in-one dream alive

Acer Chromebase 24I2, Chromebase for Meetings 24V2 try to keep the all-in-one dream alive

Chrome OS was and always has been designed for use with a keyboard and mouse but its predominant form has been laptops. But just like Android, that has never stopped anyone, be it users or even OEMs, from taking the OS and putting it in other form factors. Many of those Chrome OS devices have all but disappeared but Acer had just announced two new Chromebase all-in-one computers to give the dying breed one last hurrah.

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General Chromebooks enable Instant Connect internet tethering

General Chromebooks enable Instant Connect internet tethering

Assuming your smartphone has the ability to tether to other devices and share internet, your Chromebook might well be able to make use of said ability this week. The most recent update from Chromebooks Product Manager Jesse Johnston gives us the situation - there's need to get on the web on your Chromebook, but there's no local wi-fi. What do you do? You start your smartphone's cellular network connection tethering ability up and you're on your way.

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Chromebook Instant Tether coming to non-Pixel Android phones in Chrome OS 73

Chromebook Instant Tether coming to non-Pixel Android phones in Chrome OS 73

Although some laptops these days are starting to sport SIM card lots for their own connectivity, majority still don’t. That’s true even for more portable 2-in-1s. And while it’s possible to use your phone as a hotspot, the process of tethering isn’t as seamless and quick as just flipping a single switch. Google’s solution, inspired by Apple’s Instant Hotspot, is to implement Instant Tethering between Chrome OS and Pixel or Nexus phones. Now that feature is reportedly becoming available even on phones not made by Google.

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Acer Chromebook 315 hands-on: AMD and USB-C on a budget

Acer Chromebook 315 hands-on: AMD and USB-C on a budget

Among Acer's computing wares this year is the Chromebook 315, a generously sized laptop running Chrome OS and packing a number of features. Though the model won't blow anyone away, the device's price tag beckons consumers to take a second look. With a starting price of $280 USD, the Acer Chromebook 315 has a lot to offer buyers compared to other laptops in this price range.

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HP Chromebook 14 steals Acer’s AMD thunder, Chromebook x360 14 G1 coming

HP Chromebook 14 steals Acer’s AMD thunder, Chromebook x360 14 G1 coming

It seems that the age of AMD-powered Chromebooks is coming. Granted, two doesn’t really make for a new trend but that’s still two more than none. But while Acer boasted to be the first to announce one such Chromebook, HP will actually have the first bite of that market. The new HP Chromebook 14 will land on shelves first and it will truly put to the test whether AMD’s system-on-chip will have more to say, no to mention more battery life, than Intel’s equivalents.

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Acer Chromebook 315 is world’s first AMD-powered Chrome OS device

Acer Chromebook 315 is world’s first AMD-powered Chrome OS device

Up until recently, Chromebooks were mostly regarded to be the successors of netbooks, smaller or weaker cousins of laptops built for very basic use and low prices. In the past two years or so, the platform has outgrown that image and has branched not only into new form factors as well as more powerful hardware, the latter mostly made up of a very small number of Intel-powered devices. Not one to be left behind, AMD has teamed up with Acer to build the Acer Chromebook 315, the first of its kind to run not only on an AMD processor but also a Radeon graphics chip.

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Asus announces Chrome OS tablet alongside refreshed Chomebooks

Asus announces Chrome OS tablet alongside refreshed Chomebooks

Chrome OS has been most successful in schools, powering low-cost, reliable devices for students. Asus has produced several Chromebook models aimed at the classroom, and now the company has updated its lineup with an interesting new addition: its first Chrome OS tablet. With a 9.7-inch touchscreen display, the Asus' CT100 seems perfectly geared for younger kids who prefer to touch over type, and it's reinforced to survive classroom abuse.

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New ASUS Chromebooks are built for tough school life

New ASUS Chromebooks are built for tough school life

Life in school can be tough, and not just for humans. From notebooks to calculators to laptops, the use and abuse our school supplies go through require them to be just as tough. That’s especially true for gadgets that are becoming even more commonplace in academic institutions these days. And these days, Google’s Chrome OS is rising to be the favored platform and ASUS’ new line of touch Chromebooks, which includes a tablet, will be rolling out to fulfill those need.

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Chromebook Family Link continues Google’s Digital Wellbeing thrust

Chromebook Family Link continues Google’s Digital Wellbeing thrust

It almost sounds ironic, or even maybe suspicious, but tech companies like Google and Apple are finally taking their influential roles seriously. They’ve started to implement tools that make you aware of your addiction to devices and the Internet and ways to change that lifestyle. But while adults may have a harder time readjusting their habits, kids are still easy to train. That’s why following its release on Android, Google is now launching its Family Link app on Chromebooks to give parents the same control on some laptops.

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