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Viber app now available on Chromebooks

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Free VoIP and messaging app Viber is now available on Chrome OS. To download the app, you’d have to head over to the Chrome Web Store on your Chromebooks.

For those not aware, Viber is an app that allows you to call over the internet to anyone using the app and also to landline numbers and also send messages. The best things about this app is it’s one of the most universal apps you can find, because it’s available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8, OS X, BlackBerry and even Nokia Symbian phones. And now there’s a Chrome OS version as well, making it easy to call someone regardless of which platform they are. Read more »

Google launches Xolo Chromebook, Nexian Air Chromebook for $200 in India

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Google continues with its plan to infiltrate Indian market with affordable Chromebooks. Today the search giant introduced Xolo Chromebook and Nexian Air Chromebook for INR 12,999 ($204) in the country.

Running the Chrome OS and featuring the Google Now digital assistant, these Chromebooks serve as a perfect first laptop for the young adults and those with minimal requirements.Of course, the popular Google apps are preloaded along with a handful of offline apps such as Google Docs and Gmail Offline. Read more »

Giphy for Gmail is a Chrome extension that lets you add animated GIFs into your emails

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Emails can be dull, but Giphy for Gmail is now here to change all that. In what is probably the greatest innovation to hit email since signatures were invented, Giphy for Gmail brings animated GIFs straight into your emails.

Giphy for Gmail is a Chrome extension. Once you install it, you’ll see a new rainbow button inside Gmail’s Compose screen, alongside the text formatting options. If you click it, you’ll be able to quickly search for and discover many animated GIFs just begging to be put inside your email. Read more »

Chrome OS update brings new Launcher with Google Now integration

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Google has released a major update for Chrome OS, which brings with it several changes. For starters, there is now a new Chrome OS Launcher, which has better search experience, voice search, and Google Now integration.

Other than that there is also a new Files app, which has been updated with new Material Design interface. Other changes include a new Calculator app, support for password-protected ZIP files, and default typeface on all Chromebooks being updated to Roboto Latin, Greek and Cyrillic scripts. Read more »

Google’s new Chromebook Pixel arrives in the UK on April 21

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Google made the new version of its Chromebook Pixel laptop official last month, but only for the US. Today though it was time for the company to announce availability for the UK.

So if you’re in the UK and have been craving a new Pixel, you can now mark April 21 in your calendar. That’s when the device will make its debut across the pond. You’ll be able to pick one up either from Google’s own online store for hardware, or through the Dixons group and its high street shops. Read more »

Acer outs all-in-one Chrome OS touchscreen desktop

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The Taiwanese tech giant Acer took the wraps off an all-in-one Chrome OS desktop with a 21.5” touchscreen. Acer Chromebase will hit the shelves at some point in the second quarter this year.

Acer Chromebase packs a Tegra K1 chipset with quad-core CPU and 4GB of RAM. Read more »

Chromebit by Asus will turn your TV into a Chrome OS computer

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Google announced the smallest member of the Chrome OS gang to date. Dubbed Chromebit, the Asus-made device is a tiny HDMI dongle, which turns any compatible display in to a Chrome OS computer.

Despite its highly pocketable size, Chromebit packs respectable specs. Read more »

Google unveils new Chromebook Pixel, it’s faster, cheaper, and has better battery life

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Last month Google inadvertently confirmed that it’s working on a new Chromebook Pixel, and today that has become reality. The company unveiled its latest laptop, and it looks almost 100% like the original from 2013.

However, there are many changes under the hood, and all for the better. First off, the new Pixel is faster than its predecessor, offering you a choice between a 2.2 GHz Intel Core i5 processor or a 2.4 GHz Core i7. Read more »

Google to launch new Chromebook Pixel soon

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Google may be aggressively following the annual update cycle of Android platform but same isn’t the case with its ambitious Chromebook Pixel project. Renee Niemi, Director of Android & Chrome for Work and Education at Google, inadvertently confirmed that a new Chromebook Pixel laptop is expected to release soon.

At the Google TeamWork 2015 event, Niemi spoke about new Chromebook Pixel as a limited edition developmental platform. Read more »

Archos unveils tablets and laptops for schools: Android, Windows 8.1 and Chrome OS

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Archos has joined The “Grand Digital for Schools Project,” which will do a trial run of equipping 50,000 middle and high school students with tablets and laptops. Next year the program will ramp things up to 1 million students.

Archos has unveiled devices – laptops and tablets with keyboard docks – in three sizes and three OSes – Windows 8.1 Professional, Android and even Chrome OS. Read more »

Google Chromecast scored 10 million sales in 2014

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It’s not surprising that Google’s Chromecast HDMI streaming stick has been quite successful. After all it’s cheap and relatively easy to use, and it can instantly make your TV smarter than it was. Today though we get the first glimpse of just how successful the Chromecast was, at least during last year.

That’s because for the first time ever Google has shared some sales numbers with the media. According to a report out of South Korea, the search giant’s arm in that country has revealed that 10 million Chromecasts were sold globally in 2014. Read more »

Acer outs a 15-inch Chromebook with Intel Broadwell silicon

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Acer took the wraps off a Chromebook with a 15” display and Intel’s latest generation Broadwell silicon. The Taiwanese manufacturer will showcase the budget-friendly Chrome OS device during CES in Las Vegas this week.

The 15” Acer offering is the Chromebook with the largest display to date. Read more »

HP Chromebook 14 Touch goes official

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HP took the wraps off a high-end Chromebook with a 14″ touchscreen. The Chromebook 14 Touch is the most capable Chrome OS device offered by the manufacturer.

The notebook’s biggest highlight is its 14″ 1080p WLED touchscreen. Read more »

IDC: Google Chromebooks preferred over Apple iPads in schools

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According to the latest IDC Q3 report regarding bulk tech purchases for education needs, Google Chromebooks are now preferred by the majority of schools than Apple iPads. While the lead of Chromebooks in the education sphere isn’t jaw dropping, it’s a sign that many schools prefer the cheaper, yet functional Chromebook alternative.

Chromebooks lead the way with 715,500 units, whereas the iPads have slipped to 702,000. The laptops running Chrome OS sell as low as $199 and are made by a range of manufacturers including Samsung, HP, Dell and Acer. Read more »

Chrome Web Store gets seven new apps, including Couchsurfing and OverDrive

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Google has added seven new Android apps to the Chrome Web Store, including cooking community app Cookpad Recipes, travel app Couchsurfing, eBook and audiobook lending service OverDrive, and more.

These apps join existing Android apps that are compatible with Chrome OS, including Evernote, Duolingo, Vine, Sight Words, and more, and can be found in the “Available for Android” collection on the Chrome Web Store. The company is also encouraging users to nominate new apps that they want to be added next. Read more »