Chromebooks

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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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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Belkin USB-C keyboard is made for Chrome OS, Chromebook Tablets

Belkin USB-C keyboard is made for Chrome OS, Chromebook Tablets

Belkin made one of the first USB-C keyboards in the universe, and today they've revealed it to the world. This isn't the FIRST USB-C keyboard in the world, but it's easily set to be one of the best-selling. That's because Belkin is a go-to brand for accessories, and given the relative lack of Chrome OS-centric accessories in the world today, Belkin might well be in a great position here to get a real stack of cash.

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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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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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Chromebook 4K spotted on its way to reality

Chromebook 4K spotted on its way to reality

There's a codename now for the next most impressive Chromebook in the history of Chromebooks. Google's code-named this device Atlas, and it's about to hold the whole world wide web up on its shoulders - that is, a 4K display. A device of this stature would fit right in with Google's gap in hardware coverage for the highest end of great for ChromeOS devices.

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Chromebook tablets take iPad fight to the classroom

Chromebook tablets take iPad fight to the classroom

This morning Google revealed Chromebook tablets, a slightly different form-factor for their low-cost Chrome OS devices. These devices will have their own built-in stylus, touchscreen, and the simplicity of a tablet. And yes, they're called Chromebook Tablets, even though they are flat, and not nearly as much like a "book" as the laptop.

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Chromebook splitscreen for Android feature arrives in Canary

Chromebook splitscreen for Android feature arrives in Canary

Chromebooks will soon offer a splitscreen function for Android apps, and that ability has recently been demonstrated in a video. The splitscreen support has arrived in Chrome OS Canary and will make the Android app experience better on Chromebook, particularly models with a detachable display that offers more tablet-like interaction.

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Chromebooks running on Snapdragon 845 might be coming

Chromebooks running on Snapdragon 845 might be coming

It won’t just be Windows 10 that will be getting the special Qualcomm Snapdragon treatment next year. While there are already at least two Windows 10 on Snapdragon devices slated for the next months, there is one class of devices that may or may not be headed out to the market. Commits to the Chrome OS source code reveals the addition of support for the Snapdragon 845 on Chromebooks. And while it doesn’t immediately mean there’s already a device in the works, it at least means that Chromebooks might finally become a reality after all this time.

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New Chromebooks just got a next-level killer feature

New Chromebooks just got a next-level killer feature

This week Chromebooks are once again able to use the entire Microsoft Office app suite VIA Android apps. This is the first time in a while since these apps have been available in a while. For more people, the first time they've been able to use these apps on their Chromebooks at all, ever. These versions of the Microsoft Office apps require a subscription to Office 365, and those without said subscription will only be able to use these apps to view files. Either way, Windows 10 PC manufacturers aren't going to be too thrilled.

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