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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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Samsung Chromebook Plus, Pro flaunt stylus, Android apps

Samsung Chromebook Plus, Pro flaunt stylus, Android apps

While Samsung may have been one of the earliest adopters of Google’s Chromebook vision, it has languished in recent times compared to other more enthusiastic Chromebook makers. At CES 2017, however, it has returned with a vengeance. Chromebooks that can fold into tablets are nothing new. But one that also has a stylus to boot? Practically unheard of. And that is exactly what Samsung is bringing to the table. And even better, it is coming with Android apps as well, before other existing Chromebooks can get their hands on them (officially, that is).

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Acer Chromebook 11 N7 released to take some damage

Acer Chromebook 11 N7 released to take some damage

Ruggedness is the name of the game when Acer makes a Chromebook ready for the classroom - especially with the Acer Chromebook 11 N7. This is model number C731, the newest in Acer's 11.6-inch line, and according to Acer, "available for the first time with durability and reliability features." This piece of equipment can take some heavy damage - perfect for those students that are displeased with the amount of homework they've been given over any number of holidays!

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ASUS C302CA Chromebook Flip starts with Pentium, not Core M

ASUS C302CA Chromebook Flip starts with Pentium, not Core M

Sometimes, when something sounds too good to be true, it turns out to be exactly the case. That might also be the case with the ASUS "Chromebook Flip 2", a.k.a. the "accidentally" sold C302CA. The listing on Newegg raised hopes of a rather decent Chromebook, one with an Intel Core M processor and 64 GB of storage. Chrome Unboxed immediately purchased one before the product page was pulled down and discovered somewhat to their disappointment that the $499 Chrome OS device actually came with slightly lower specs.

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Asus C302CA Chromebook packs 4GB RAM, 12.5-inch screen, and Core M3 CPU

Asus C302CA Chromebook packs 4GB RAM, 12.5-inch screen, and Core M3 CPU

Back in October a new Chromebook from Asus passed through the FCC and it was called the C302CA. With the machine making its way through the FCC we expected to see the device launch shortly thereafter, but that launch never happened. At the time the machine crossed the FCC, the price was tipped at around $800 for the powerful Chromebook. Recently that C302CA Chromebook turned up on Newegg for ordering.

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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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Acer’s new Chromebook 15 serves up 15-inch display, longer battery life

Acer’s new Chromebook 15 serves up 15-inch display, longer battery life

Acer has decided that its time for a new entry in its Chromebook 15 line. Today the company announced a new Chromebook 15 model that offers longer battery life than its predecessors. Acer isn't wasting any time bringing the new Chromebook to market, either, opting to launch the new device today with standard $199 pricing.

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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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Android apps exit beta for Chromebook Pixel 2

Android apps exit beta for Chromebook Pixel 2

Good news for those of you Chromebook Pixel 2 owners: you can now download Android apps on your device in a non-beta environment. Chromebook Pixel 2 users have been able to beta test Android apps on their device since back in July, but that kind of functionality was only limited to the Chromebook's developer channel. Now, however, it appears that the official update - stable Chrome 53 - is going live, after spending a few months in what was essentially a developer beta.

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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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Chromebooks might sport fingerprint scanners soon

Chromebooks might sport fingerprint scanners soon

Chromebooks
are experiencing a revival in market interest, in no small part thanks to Google’s promise to bring Android apps to the platform. Given that renewed uptake, it is probably high time that Chromebook makers update their wares to modern standards. Acer’s new Chromebook R 13, for example, is trying to take on the tablet and convertible laptop market. Based on some commits to Chromium, on which Chrome and Chrome OS are built upon, upcoming Chromebooks could also start supporting stronger security measures, including support for fingerprint scanners.

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