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Chrome OS Android APK sideloading will soon be easier

Chrome OS Android APK sideloading will soon be easier

Just because it can install Android apps doesn’t make Chromebooks Android devices. For one, Android behavior and performance on Chrome OS still leave much to be desired. For another, sideloading APKs, that is, installing from unverified sources, isn’t as straightforward. That might soon be a thing of the past when the new code in Chrome OS makes its way to a future version, allowing the installation of APKs without having to wipe your Chromebook.

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HP Chromebook 11 G6, 14 G5 head to CES 2018 with better specs

HP Chromebook 11 G6, 14 G5 head to CES 2018 with better specs

CES is the perfect time to show off new wares, setting the tone for the rest of the year. While many of the computing devices that have been preannounced so far focus on the high-end, there’s definitely still plenty of room for those with more constrained resources or requirements. Chromebooks seem to be becoming a thing again, and HP isn’t one to miss the train. At CES 2018, it will be showing off the latest gen Chromebook 11 and Chromebook 14 targeted at schools and businesses.

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Samsung detachable Chromebook to have a phone-grade camera

Samsung detachable Chromebook to have a phone-grade camera

There are just some hardware features on devices that don’t always make sense in the grander scheme of things. Features like second screens on phones, rotating cameras, or high-end cameras on tablets. That, of course, hasn’t stopped manufacturers from banging their head on the wall. And it seems that Samsung will be the latest one to do so. Its still unannounced detachable 2-in-1 Chromebook, codenamed “Nautilus”, is expected to come with very premium features, including a more or less premium Sony image sensor that will probably be rarely used.

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Fuchsia spotted: Google’s unreleased software now on new hardware

Fuchsia spotted: Google’s unreleased software now on new hardware

It's time to talk about Google's software called Fuchsia again. Today it's become apparent that Fuchsia is running on the Google Pixelbook. Fuchsia is a new(ish) operating system Google's been working on for many months. The Google Pixelbook is the notebook equivalent of a Google Pixel smartphone, instead running Chrome OS right out the box.

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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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Next Samsung Chromebook could be detachable 2-in-1

Next Samsung Chromebook could be detachable 2-in-1

The gap between Chromebooks and regular notebooks is starting to narrow from both sides. Many laptop users are now utilizing their portable desktops for tasks that could easily be accomplished on a Chromebook. At the same time, Chrome OS, with a bit of help from Android as well as CrossOver, is beginning to support more software beyond web apps. With the new Google Pixelbook, Chromebooks are also catching up in hardware features, not to mention price. Next year, we might even see even more progress on that front, with Samsung now believed to be making a 2-in-1 detachable Chromebook tablet/laptop hybrid.

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CrossOver on Chrome OS lets you run Windows apps on Chromebooks

CrossOver on Chrome OS lets you run Windows apps on Chromebooks

One of the biggest criticisms of Chromebooks was on how they looked like a laptop but didn’t act like one. At least not like typical Windows or macOS laptops. That might be an unfair comparison but it points out one of the platform’s biggest flaws: the lack of software. Google has partly solved that by enabling Android apps on Chrome OS. The other part of the solution is coming from software developers CodeWeavers, who is making the beta version of their CrossOver for Chrome OS available to the public, allowing Chromebook owners to run some of the most popular and widely-used Windows programs on their laptops.

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Google Hangouts Meet hardware makes video calling play

Google Hangouts Meet hardware makes video calling play

When it comes to Google hardware, all eyes may be on the Pixel 2 and Pixelbook, but the search giant still wants to make inroads in businesses. That explains the new Hangouts Meet hardware, an awkwardly named meeting management system that builds on the Hangouts Meet service recently announced for enterprise. It's another attempt to make video conferencing more straightforward.

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Google Neverware investment could see Chrome OS older hardware

Google Neverware investment could see Chrome OS older hardware

Unless you've been keeping close tabs on the Chrome OS world, you might not be familiar with Neverware. Last year, the company made a rather tempting offer, to run Chrome OS on top of existing Windows or Mac computers. And while unofficially supported, it has just gotten the blessing of the big G itself. Neverware just announced that they received some funding from Google to bring that same technology into the enterprise, which nicely coincides with Microsoft's recent push to get Windows 10 S into that same space as well.

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ASUS Chromebook Flip C101: smaller than the C302 and up for preorder in the US

ASUS Chromebook Flip C101: smaller than the C302 and up for preorder in the US

ASUS has launched a smaller version of its Chromebook Flip laptop, the C101, for preorder in the US. This version of the Flip is smaller than the previously launched C302 model, and it will be fully on sale across the nation starting this weekend. The model offers, among other things, a tiny 10.1-inch display.

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Google Pixelbook leak: Chromebook with pen and crazy pricing

Google Pixelbook leak: Chromebook with pen and crazy pricing

We've been hearing rumors about a new high-end Chromebook in the works from Google itself, and that Chromebook may have just leaked. Called the Google Pixelbook, this model is billed as a high-end Chrome OS laptop with a premium design, higher-end features, and a huge $1200 starting price to match. The laptop will, at least per the leak, come in a silver color with storage options ranging up to 512GB, among other things.

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Chrome Enterprise is ready for business

Chrome Enterprise is ready for business

Google introduced Chrome Enterprise today to allow businesses more control over their Chromebooks. With Chrome Enterprise, businesses will have access to a collection of features not available on the standard version of Chrome OS. With this subscription service, Google aims to bring businesses a more secure and consistent user experience for all computer-using workers.

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