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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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HP Chromebox G2 mini desktops with USB-C are now available

HP Chromebox G2 mini desktops with USB-C are now available

The HP Chromebox G2 mini desktop announced in January is now available to purchase. HP added the device to its online store today, where it promptly sold out in certain configurations. The device, like most Chromebox models, resembles a set-top box, but packs Google's Chrome OS as an alternative to Chromebook laptops.

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HP Chromebook x2 preorders appear early at Best Buy

HP Chromebook x2 preorders appear early at Best Buy

Last month, HP took the wraps off a gorgeous new detachable laptop running Chrome OS. Called the HP Chromebook x2, this model features a tablet that connects to a keyboard using a magnetic hinge. The model runs the latest version of Google's OS that doesn't require a keyboard, putting it up against Apple and its newest iPad model.

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Chrome OS Linux support brings Android Studio to Chromebooks

Chrome OS Linux support brings Android Studio to Chromebooks

Chrome OS is slowly but surely transforming into an all-in-one, general purpose operating system, the Google OS that many might have been waiting for. While running Windows software is still a bit roundabout, Chrome OS already supports directly running Android apps and, announced at I/O 2018, now Linux apps as well. More than just simply increasing the number of things you can run on a Chromebook, this move opens up the platform for development, including creating Android apps right on Chromebooks.

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Google I/O 2018: What to expect from Google this year

Google I/O 2018: What to expect from Google this year

Formally, Google I/O is the company annual event to connect with developers as well as partners spanning its entire platform and product range. It is also a time for Google to share its direction not just for specific products but for the company as a whole as well. So while the schedule and topics of talks are public, its grand vision, expressed in keynotes, is still under wraps. Given Google's focus these past months, however, we can pretty much predict what it will be delivering on stage in a few hours.

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Chrome OS 66 brings Meltdown fix, blocks autoplay content

Chrome OS 66 brings Meltdown fix, blocks autoplay content

Unlike releases for other operating systems like Windows or macOS, Chrome OS releases often pass by unnoticed because of how fast and how often they happen, following the releases of the Chrome browser. But while Chrome OS version 66 rolled out without much fuss and fanfare, it is still quite a notable and important one. Not only does it brings features from Chrome 66 itself, it also finally closes the door on this year's biggest security scare: the Meltdown vulnerability.

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ASUS Chromebox 3 desktops with Chrome OS now available to preorder

ASUS Chromebox 3 desktops with Chrome OS now available to preorder

In early January, ASUS introduced multiple products including the Chromebox 3, a miniature desktop that runs Google's Chrome OS. Chromebox 3 is the latest model in ASUS's Chromebox lineup; this one features an 8th-generation Intel Core processor, among other things. Now, four months later and only a couple weeks after Acer launched its own alternative, ASUS has officially started taking preorders.

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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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