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Chrome OS Terminal app hints at upcoming Linux support

Chrome OS Terminal app hints at upcoming Linux support

Who needs a combined Android and Chrome OS when Chrome OS can pretty much run it all. There's native Chrome OS, of course, and official Android support via Google Play Store. There's even preliminary Windows support via WINE for Android on Chrome OS. And, soon, Chromebooks might be able to run Linux programs as well. That possibility already was hinted at last February but might be coming really soon with the appearance of the Terminal app in Chrome OS' dev channel.

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Samsung Chromebook Pro gets backlit keyboard one year later

Samsung Chromebook Pro gets backlit keyboard one year later

Laptops are made for typing and Chromebooks are really no different, be it traditional, convertible, or even detachable. But typing on the go doesn't always happen in the most favorable conditions and you might find yourself fumbling in the dark for the right keys. So it was terribly baffling when Samsung launched its Chromebook Pro last year without one critical feature: a backlit keyboard. And now just as baffling, Samsung has very silently sneaked in a new Chromebook Pro model that adds exactly that but at an unsurprisingly higher price.

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Acer Chromebox CXI3 mini Chrome OS desktops go up for preorder

Acer Chromebox CXI3 mini Chrome OS desktops go up for preorder

In January, Acer introduced a number of new products, among them the Chromebox CXI3. Unlike Chromebooks, which are laptops running Chrome OS, the Chromebox is a small desktop offering Google's operating system. A big selling point is the model's tiny size, which enables users to mount it behind a monitor or hide it away under a desk. The model is now available to preorder.

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Fuchsia OS: Google doesn’t need a third wheel

Fuchsia OS: Google doesn’t need a third wheel

Google is not one to shy away from throwing anything and everything at a wall to see which ones stick. It has admittedly given birth to some highly successful products but has also resulted in a few false positives. But as big as Google may be, it doesn't have an infinite amount of resources, especially human ones. And as a skunkworks project becomes more and more official, more and more resources might be diverted away from those that need them even more. That might soon be the case with Fuchsia OS, the third Google operating system it doesn't really need.

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Atlas 4K Chromebook might also be a detachable

Atlas 4K Chromebook might also be a detachable

Google seems to be pretty busy shaping up Chrome OS to be a bigger threat to its rivals than ever before. After the first Chromebook tablet, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, came the first detachable Chromebook, the HP Chromebook x2 pictured above. And it seems it's about to get even better. There are hints that Chrome OS' first 4K device, codenamed Atlas, is already in the works and now it seems that it will also be a detachable 2-in-1 as well.

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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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2018 iPad vs. Acer Chromebook Tab 10: education showdown

2018 iPad vs. Acer Chromebook Tab 10: education showdown

Last week, two tech giants made a big attempt at grabbing our future. Google and Apple, long-time rivals and frenemies, announced two education-centric device. Both are interesting in their own right. One is the first Chrome OS tablet, the other the first non-Pro tablet that supports the Apple Pencil. Both are trying to sell themselves not just to individual buyers or even students but to educational institutions and school districts as well. Given a choice between the 2018 iPad and the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, which should consumers and educators choose? We took seven key factors and made the two tablets face off to find out.

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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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Android tablets need to survive

Android tablets need to survive

The announcement and subsequent launch of Android P marks the end not just of the Nexus phone line but also of any Google-made Android tablet. And unlike in the years past, less and less manufacturers are putting out slates or even 2-in-1 and convertibles. It would seem that the age of Android tablets have come to an end. But with rumors of Apple launching a new but cheaper iPad, one has to wonder if Android is the one missing out. Because as much as the market seems less conducive to tablets, Google and its partners need to keep Android tablets alive. Here are some reasons why.

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Chrome OS to support running Linux software in virtual machines

Chrome OS to support running Linux software in virtual machines

The idea of a fusion of Android and Chrome OS might not be totally dead but is, instead, taking on a different form. And that form comes in Chrome OS’ ability to run almost any kind of software from any OS, officially or otherwise. A recently spotted change to the Chromium source seems to imply that, in just a few months, Chromebooks might officially support running Linux software, considerably expanding the number of possible uses these “cloud” machines can have.

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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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Android Chrome OS unified: what Andromeda could have been

Android Chrome OS unified: what Andromeda could have been

Google is known, in fact notorious, from casting its net wide to catch as many fish. A more appropriate metaphor, however, might be throwing as many things on a wall and seeing which ones stick. It already had an Android operating system when it suddenly launched Chrome OS. Despite what many naysayers said, Chrome OS stuck. Now Google has two operating systems to worry about. Google was once rumored to be working on a unified Andromeda OS that combines these two finally into one. That effort is pretty much dead but that doesn’t mean there’s no need for it. Here’s what Andromeda could have brought to the table had it actually been born.

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