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Chrome OS “Game Mode” brings Chromebooks closer to Steam gaming

Chrome OS “Game Mode” brings Chromebooks closer to Steam gaming

Starting out as an overgrown browser on affordable but low-powered laptops, Chrome OS has now grown into something that Microsoft and Apple now consider to be a deadly rival, especially in education and enterprise markets. The platform has definitely grown to become a software powerhouse that could run almost any app, whether directly or indirectly. Its next trick, however, is gaming, and recent changes to Chrome OS's source code hints that Google might be getting close to making that happen.

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Chrome OS to replace Chrome with LaCros as primary browser

Chrome OS to replace Chrome with LaCros as primary browser

Chrome OS started out pretty much as a glorified Chrome web browser turned operating system but it has shed that identity a long time ago. It has almost become the one OS that runs them all, supporting Android and Linux apps and, indirectly, Windows as well. One thing that hasn't changed is that Chrome comes built into Chrome OS and is its default browser. That might soon be changing and Chrome OS will soon use LaCros as its default browser which is really just a different version of the Chrome browser anyway.

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Best Chromebooks for the “old school” days

Best Chromebooks for the “old school” days

The pandemic has thrown life out of pace and stability. Almost every sector has been wedged by its effects. While travel and tourism is arguably the most impacted, classrooms have been running empty for almost a year now. Education has transferred to online formats and students’ dependence has grown on devices offering affordable computing solution.

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Google may give your eldest Chromebook new life with LaCrOs

Google may give your eldest Chromebook new life with LaCrOs

What happens to a Chromebook (or any ChromeOS device for that matter) when it reaches its software update end-of-life? That question was effectively answered this week at a Questions and Answers session with Google at a celebration of one full decade of Chrome OS. It was Chrome OS director of product management Alexander Kuscher who answered the question with a mention of "working under the hood."

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Chrome OS adds Android Phone Hub, smarter clipboard & Tote feature

Chrome OS adds Android Phone Hub, smarter clipboard & Tote feature

Chrome OS is turning 10, and Google is heaping on new productivity and convenience features including some which promise to ease the interactions between your Chrome OS and Android devices. The company says it expects more than 50 new Chrome OS launches this year - including 2-in-1s, detachables, Chromebooks, and Chromeboxes - though the new software features are rolling out from today.

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Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 goes on sale with sleek red styling

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 goes on sale with sleek red styling

Samsung's Galaxy Chromebook 2 has arrived in US stores, offering a more affordable price point - but the same splash of color - as last year's Galaxy Chromebook flagship. Announced at CES 2021 in January, the newest Chrome OS notebook is the first to pack a QLED screen, with the display technology making the leap from Samsung's Windows laptops.

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Chromebooks will finally get a built-in screen recorder next month

Chromebooks will finally get a built-in screen recorder next month

Chromebooks are inexpensive, flexible laptops that enable users -- particularly students -- to quickly get to work using their favorite web apps. Given that Google heavily pushes Chromebooks as a tool for students, it's no surprise that it revealed plans to add a built-in screen recorder -- and now we know when it'll finally be available.

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Chrome OS nibbling away at Windows market while macOS holds steady

Chrome OS nibbling away at Windows market while macOS holds steady

According to global shipment readings from the analytics group IDC, the year 2020 made Chrome OS rise as Windows fell. In the year 2019, IDC showed Windows with a total global PC marketshare at 85.4%. In the year 2020, Windows global marketshare rang in at 80.5%, for a year-over-year fall of 4.9%. Chrome OS global marketshare rose by almost that same percentage over the same period of time.

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Google Meet on Chromebooks promised to be less resource-hungry

Google Meet on Chromebooks promised to be less resource-hungry

The demand and sales numbers for Chromebooks have skyrocketed in the past few months, in no small part due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced both work and school to take place at home and online. Traditionally, however, Chromebooks haven't exactly been the most powerful computers in the market, though that is thankfully changing as time goes by. That said, some Chromebooks may still not be up to snuff, especially when heavy apps like Google Meet are used, a situation that Google is no promising to address in the latest round of Chrome OS updates.

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Chrome OS Phone Hub will help keep your Android phone away

Chrome OS Phone Hub will help keep your Android phone away

There seems to be a growing trend among PC makers to acknowledge the critical role smartphones play even while people are using their desktops or laptops. From Microsoft to Dell to LG, those in the Windows PC world are starting to catch up with what Apple has long been doing, allowing for deeper integration between mobile devices and computers. Although extremely late, Google is also following suit and is very slowly starting to roll out its new Phone Hub to sync Android phones with Chromebooks.

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Lenovo led the pack as tablet and Chromebooks sales blow out tail end of 2020

Lenovo led the pack as tablet and Chromebooks sales blow out tail end of 2020

It would seem that the shifting state of the world through the course of events that was 2020 made a big impact on sales of Chromebooks and tablets at the tail end of the year. Canalys records of device shipments showed Q4 as the third consecutive quarter of annual growth for the global PC market. The global PC market saw 143.7 million units shipped in Q4, a whopping 35% growth VS the same period the year before.

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Chrome OS M88 update adds two features you’ll wonder how you did without

Chrome OS M88 update adds two features you’ll wonder how you did without

Google is shipping out some new ease-of-use features to Chrome OS today, and they're specifically targeted at making Chromebook usage as "seamless" as possible. There are two big features packed in today's Chrome OS update: new website login options that can use your Chrome login credentials, and new customizable lock screens that can give Chrome OS devices a more personalized feel.

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