Chromebook

HP Chromebook x2 variant sounds like the Surface Go

HP Chromebook x2 variant sounds like the Surface Go

Microsoft launched the Surface Go clearly as a response to Apple’s and Google’s stronger push into the education market. Specifically, it’s meant to battle the 2018 iPad and Acer Chromebook Tab 10 head-on. There might, however, be something brewing in the Chrome OS camp that could undo the Surface Go’s advantage. According to a leaked HP technical document, there will be variants of the Chromebook x2, the first detachable Chromebook, on the way, and one of them runs on the same processor as the Surface Go.

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2-in-1 “Wand” Chromebook with backlit detachable keyboard leaks

2-in-1 “Wand” Chromebook with backlit detachable keyboard leaks

Code found in Chrome OS reveals the existence of a new detachable Chromebook product codenamed "Wand." According to the report revealing the code, "Wand" is a battery-powered detachable keyboard, one that could potentially bring a backlight to solve existing 2-in-1 Chromebook complaints. The powered keyboard may also be used to provide ultra-long battery life.

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Chromebook “Nocturne” detachable to fix HP Chromebook x2’s flaw

Chromebook “Nocturne” detachable to fix HP Chromebook x2’s flaw

Chromebooks are starting to expand into more than just the “book” factor. But before Acer’s first Chrome OS tablet, there was the HP Chromebook x2, the first detachable Chromebook. For its price and specs, it was a near-perfect portable Chromebook save for one critical flaw: its keyboard had no backlight. Fortunately, it seems that an upcoming detachable Chromebook will correct that mistake and push the Chrome OS envelope again.

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Google Duo now on Android tablets, Chromebooks, multiple devices

Google Duo now on Android tablets, Chromebooks, multiple devices

Google may have a confusing assortment of communication services but one thing it’s good at is making those services and apps available on almost all platforms and devices. On the heels of making Android Messages available on web browsers, Google is now very silently rolling out wider support for its Duo video-calling service. Now whether you’re on a tablet, a Chromebook, or a different Android smartphone, you can easily make a video call, no sweat at all.

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18 Chromebooks get Linux app support

18 Chromebooks get Linux app support

If you thought Chrome OS was just a boring glorified web browser turned OS, then your impressions are woefully outdated. Next to still unofficial, or even unconfirmed, platforms like Google Fuchsia or Microsoft Andromeda, Chrome OS is shaping up to be one of the most exciting operating systems of late. That is, if you owned a Google Pixelbook or one of the more recent, more powerful, more expensive recent Chromebooks. Worry not because Google has just recently flipped the switch that will give even the cheaper and older ones some powerful features, namely Linux app support.

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Acer Chromebook Tab 10 gets Android-like features

Acer Chromebook Tab 10 gets Android-like features

While Google is probably wishing the world forgot about its less than stellar history with Android tablets, it isn’t writing out the device form factor completely. It is, instead, reframing tablets within the context of Chrome OS, particularly with its first tablet, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10. But in order to do that, it has to bring some features over from Android to Chrome OS, which is what it’s doing now with its education-themed update.

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Cheza Chromebook with Snapdragon 845 to rival always-on PCs

Cheza Chromebook with Snapdragon 845 to rival always-on PCs

From Windows S to the new, somewhat disappointing first generation of always-on Windows 10 on ARM PCs, it is clear that Microsoft is worried. Its once unchallenged kingdom in the education and enterprise markets have been chipped away first by Apple and now by Google and its Chromebooks. The Windows maker is fighting back by trying to combine Windows 10 with hardware that makes mobile devices so useful: always-on connectivity and battery life. But even before Redmond can regain its foothold, it seems that Google will be fighting back with a Chromebook codenamed “Cheza”, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.

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Samsung Chromebook Plus (V2) keeps the S-Pen and adds a second camera

Samsung Chromebook Plus (V2) keeps the S-Pen and adds a second camera

Samsung has announced a refresh of its Chromebook Plus, which we were first introduced to last year. We shouldn't expect just a rehash of last year's model, however, as Samsung seems to making some fairly significant changes in 2018's device. We also don't have very long to wait before it's available, as Samsung is launching the Plus (V2) before the end of the month.

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Google Pixelbook Windows 10 certification could be coming

Google Pixelbook Windows 10 certification could be coming

Google could be working on Windows 10 for Pixelbook support, with the Chromebook getting official compatibility with Microsoft's OS. Launched late last year, the Pixelbook is Google's latest Chrome OS notebook but, though the initial response was generally positive, some insisted it was a missed opportunity too.

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Chromebooks with Linux can run Windows apps but it’s not easy

Chromebooks with Linux can run Windows apps but it’s not easy

It really seems that Chrome OS is being groomed to be the one OS that runs them all. Well almost all. In addition to its native Chrome-based platform, it now supports Android through Google Play Store and, just recently, Linux. Because of those two, it is also possible to run Windows programs to some extent. CodeWeavers, which develops software for running Windows programs on Mac and Linux, has just shown what could be a better way to run those same programs on a Chromebook.

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Future Chromebooks might have eSIM, Project Fi support

Future Chromebooks might have eSIM, Project Fi support

Still don’t believe that Chromebooks are out to get Android tablets? This latest clue could be one of the nails on that Android coffin. While Chromebooks have always been designed as portable devices, give or take a few grams, they haven’t exactly been completely portable because of one thing: reliance on Wi-Fi connectivity. That could be changing in the next generation of Chrome OS devices with signs that Chrome OS is getting support for eSIMs that will integrate with Google’s own Project Fi as well as other carriers’ networks.

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Tablets are dead, long live Chrome tablets!

Tablets are dead, long live Chrome tablets!

Google experience a glitch in the matrix over the weekend where the last traces of Android’s tablet existence vanished without a trace. Evidence that there were, once upon a time, such things as Android tablets has since then returned but their sudden and silent removal served to confirm what many have been expecting to happen sooner rather than later. If Google is to be asked, tablets are pretty much dead in the water. Unless, of course, you’re talking about the new line of Chrome tablets and 2-in-1 devices.

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