Chrome is one of those Google services you don’t think much about. Chromebooks are one of the easiest ways to consume as much Chrome as possible, but at I/O we found out that it might be a new way to consume Android as well. With Chromebooks, it’s going to be possible to run Android apps on Chrome OS in the near future.
Yesterday, it came to light that the Chromebook Pixel LTE was having its free data shut off. The Verizon service users were promised for two years was being shut off after 12 months. Google has responded, offering users a credit for their trouble.
Chromebook Pixel owners who purchased the LTE model did so with the implicit understanding they’d get two years of LTE data from Verizon the day they activated the data plan. A year in, those customers are seeing their free data vanish. Verizon and Google have conflicting impressions of what has been going on, with Google taking steps to cover their tracks on the matter.
Google has delivered offline playback for Google Play multimedia on Chromebooks, with a new version of the app allowing local caching of movies and TV shows. The functionality, promised at Google and Intel's Chrome OS event last month, further cuts the ties of Chromebooks from their original always-on requirement.
In a poem written to the world, Google has announced Chromebooks will become available for nine new regions. Across the world, Google is bringing their popular desktop-gone-mobile platform to more users. Unfortunately, Google didn’t provide a timeframe for when these new countries might be seeing Chromebooks.
The newest in a surprisingly large line of HP Chromebooks has arrived in white and turquoise. This model looks rather similar to the Pavilion model shown of earlier this year, here coming with a Samsung Exynos 5350 processor and up to 2GB of RAM. The display here is still 11.6-inches and you’ll have optional 3G connectivity as well.
Save for two devices, all Chrome OS devices are getting a tidy update today. Aside from the bug fixes present in every update, this one brings in folders to the app launcher and user-requested video controls. Chrome OS is also getting a little more word-y, as Google rolls in hotwords on the new tab page.
The number of years a company is willing to support a product is an important part of the decision-making process for some, with too little support negating the value of the product. Until now, Google has vowed a minimum 4 years of support for Chrome OS devices, but that will be changing soon.