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ASUS Chromebook C523 ventures into 15-inch territory

ASUS Chromebook C523 ventures into 15-inch territory

Barely two weeks ago, right around Google’s event, ASUS silently announced the Chromebook C423. Now it has done it again, not really announcing the Chromebook C523. The similarity in the name isn’t accidental. The two are, in many ways, identical. Both come in a traditional laptop form factor at a time when Chrome OS tablets seem to be the new trend. The difference is that the Chromebook C523 is larger than the C423. Not by much but enough to be ASUS’ first ever 15-inch Chromebook.

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ASUS Chroembook C423 packs the essentials in a traditional form

ASUS Chroembook C423 packs the essentials in a traditional form

Google might soon be unveiling the top of the line Chromebook for this year but partner OEMs are steering clear by announcing their new devices first. HP has just unveiled the HP Chromebook x360 14 and now ASUS is doing likewise, this time aiming for more budget-constrained buyers. The ASUS Chromebook C423 probably won’t win awards in specs or design but, depending on the price, it delivers all the basic Chrome OS power you need without gimmicks and, hopefully, without a high price tag, too.

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Google Pixel Slate: what we know so far

Google Pixel Slate: what we know so far

Chrome OS fans, not just Android fans, are just counting down hours before Google’s big event. And with good reason. The Pixel Slate, leaked to be the formal name of the Chrombook once known as the “Nocturne” could very well be the Chrome OS device you have been waiting for. Or should be waiting for. Because while Chromebooks and Chrome OS itself started out looking simply like yet another short-lived Google experiment, the Google Pixel Slate might very well demonstrate both Chrome OS’ potential as well as its realization.

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Pixel Slate release details: The big leak

Pixel Slate release details: The big leak

The Google Pixel Slate is one of several surprises set for official reveal on October 9th - and today we're running down the full details. This is the first time we've got what we consider the full picture. That is: Photos (or renders), Code-names, and multiple release-level builds. The latest in a line of leaks is a set of benchmarks that show the many different versions of the device likely headed toward the big event on October 9th as held by Google.

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Google Pixel Slate Chrome OS tablet might dual boot Windows 10

Google Pixel Slate Chrome OS tablet might dual boot Windows 10

While majority of the interest for Google's event next week naturally revolves around the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones, the event will most likely go beyond that. There's the already leaked Google Home Hub and the recently leaked new Chromecast. And then there's the Google Pixel Slate, the Chromebook believed to be internally called "Nocturne". This tablet-like device is going to be a lot of firsts for Google, including the first time it concedes space with another and rivaling operating system.

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Chrome OS 69 finally brings Linux apps to stable channel

Chrome OS 69 finally brings Linux apps to stable channel

Google has recently celebrated the tenth anniversary of its Chrome browser. That web browser has certainly grown up to the extent that it has become the base for an entire operating system. While Chrome OS doesn’t have anything fancy to celebrate the birthday, release version 69 is still a monumental one. In addition to bringing the UI up to the latest Material Design 2.0, it also marks the long-awaited stable release of a feature that truly extends Chrome OS beyond a mere browser-based OS: Linux support.

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Chromebook Linux support: not everyone’s invited to the party

Chromebook Linux support: not everyone’s invited to the party

If you’ve been holding on to your three- or four-year-old Chromebook hoping to give it a new lease on life with exciting new features, you might not want to hold your breath anymore. Support for Linux software, one of the biggest things to happen for Chrome OS next to Android app support, is coming soon but it won’t be coming to all Chromebooks, mostly those launched in 2015. It won’t even come to Google’s first high-end device, the Chromebook Pixel.

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Chromebooks dual-booting Windows 10 is a terrible idea

Chromebooks dual-booting Windows 10 is a terrible idea

After years of being ignored, if not ridiculed, Chromebooks are slowly becoming more interesting and more appealing. Chrome OS, combined with Android and Linux, is transforming into a platform that can make both Microsoft and Apple worry. All of that, however, might be for naught. Because come October, Chromebooks might be declared dead or at least on their way to becoming pointless. And that will be thanks to an admittedly appealing feature that will be introduced by none other than Google itself.

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Chromebook “cheza” to have large 3:2 detachable screen

Chromebook “cheza” to have large 3:2 detachable screen

Once largely panned for being glorified browsers in netbook clothing, Chromebooks are becoming one of the most interesting devices in the computing market today. On the software front, you have Android and Linux apps and, just maybe, even Windows 10 dual booting. On the hardware side, you’re getting new form factors that are threatening to make Android tablets obsolete. There are still some new Chromebooks on the way, including the first one powered by Qualcomm’s latest processor and may come with a large, square-ish detachable design.

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Chrome OS now supports installing arbitrary Linux packages

Chrome OS now supports installing arbitrary Linux packages

Samsung recently presented the Galaxy Tab S4 as the ultimate productivity portable device but initial reviews have been rather scathing. Thanks to its timing, Samsung’s premium tablet is being compared to the likes of the cheaper iPad, the cheaper Surface Go, and, closer to home, Chromebooks. The latter, especially, is getting more and more talented and the latest experimental feature nearly turns it into that ultimate productivity OS. That is if you live and breathe Linux.

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Google’s strategy to take on iPads needs these to succeed

Google’s strategy to take on iPads needs these to succeed

Once belittled as a glorified browser masquerading as a desktop, Google’s Chrome OS is arguably more exciting now than Android. Save for a phone, it now runs on different form factors, including detachable 2-in-1s and standalone tablets. It can run Android apps and, soon, Linux apps as well, both command line and graphical. Chrome OS is definitely now in a better position to take on even the likes of Apple’s iPads, but it will not be enough to simply have Chrome OS tablets or convertibles. Fortunately, Google might already have all that it needs to take it to the next level.

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Acer Chromebook Tab 10 now available for regular consumers [Updated]

Acer Chromebook Tab 10 now available for regular consumers [Updated]

It’s almost puzzling that Google was so proud of the first ever Chrome OS tablet and yet restricted its availability to the education market. Granted, it was really aimed for students and schools anyway, preempting Apple’s launch of the more affordable but Pencil-compatible new iPad. If you have actually been wishing you could get your hands on the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the good news is that you can now do so. Just be prepared to for what you’ll be getting for that price.

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