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You can now run almost all Android apps on Chrome OS

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A week ago, Google unveiled the Chrome OS support for certain Android apps. Now, thanks to a custom tool for Chrome OS, you can install any Android app you like, not just a select few.

Called chrome-apk, the tool requires a bit of tinkering to install, but is well worth it if you don’t have the intention to wait for Google to promote the the new Chrome OS App Runtime out of beta. Read more »

Android apps make their way to Chrome OS

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Google announced availability of the first set of Android apps for Chrome OS. The list of four applications includes Vine, Duolingo, Evernote, and Sight Words.

The apps’ availability is a result of project App Runtime for Chrome (Beta). Read more »

HP announces new Envy x2, Pavilion x2, and updated Chromebook 11 and Chromebook 14

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Not wanting to let other companies have all the device-launching fun these days, HP decided to introduce four new or updated products of its own. First up, we have the new Envy x2, coming to succeed the detachable tablet of the same name that was introduced back in 2012.

The new Envy x2 comes with Intel’s Core M processor, and will get both 13.3″ and 15.6″ screens. The keyboard dock has been redesigned, now coming with a fabric wrapping. Read more »

Meet Classroom: Google’s software for teachers

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Google has been trying to get more and more students using Chromebooks, and now, as part of that initiative, they’ve released Classroom.

It’s a teaching tool that is completely free to use, and should help teachers cut down on the amount of paper that is stacked on their desks. Read more »

Chromecast turns 1, Google offers free Play Music All Access for 90 days

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Chromecast, Google’s HDMI streaming dongle, has turned one year old today. And to celebrate the occasion, the search giant is giving everyone who owns a Chromecast a free 90-day subscription to Play Music All Access.

There are some caveats, though, chief among which is that the offer is only valid if you’re in the US. Furthermore, it’s not an option for anyone who has previously subscribed to All Access. And that unfortunately includes those who took advantage of the the unlimited music service’s free trial. Read more »

Pinch-to-zoom functionality comes to Chrome OS

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It looks like Chrome OS is taking a few functionality cues from Android.

Google has just added pinch-to-zoom functionality to its Chrome OS, which makes browsing the web on a touchscreen Chromebook a bit cooler now. Read more »

Google may overhaul the look of Chrome OS

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Although many argue about the functionality of Chrome OS, it’s hard to deny that the tab-based operating system isn’t zippy and easy to use, even if people are clamoring for added functionality.

Well it turns out that Google is thinking about making changes to Chrome, but the alterations be limited to tinkering with the look and feel of Chrome OS only, by taking some design cues from Android for a more universal approach to its software. Read more »

Windows launches Chromebook competition campaign

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Chromebooks are doing well in the $200 computing arena, but it looks like Microsoft is trying to nip that in the bud.

A new line of cheap, Windows machines are going to be hitting the market, including a $199 HP laptop, called the Stream. Read more »

Acer C720 Chromebook gets a hardware refresh

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Acer has a launched a slightly upgraded version of its C720 Chromebook. The new model now comes with Intel’s powerful Core i3 processor.

The new Acer C720 will be up for grabs in two options – 1.7GHz Core i3 processor with 2GB of RAM or 4GB of RAM. The new versions are priced at $350 and $380 respectively. Read more »

Verizon apologizes for ending Chromebook Pixel LTE service early

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One of the perks of buying Google’s expensive Chromebook Pixel was that users would get 100mb of Verizon’s 4G LTE data for two years with a purchase of the laptop.

Well Verizon went ahead and cut off the service prematurely, and people were not happy. Read more »

Android apps will soon run on Chromebooks, notifications will be shared too

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Google introduced Android on just about any platform you can think of so naturally the company is bringing Android to Chrome OS and the Chromebooks. It’s just the early days, but Android apps will run on Chromebooks with minimal changes from the app developers.

Integration with your phone goes beyond just running apps too, similar to the new Mac OS X Yosemite you’ll receive call and message notifications on your Chromebook. Read more »

HP SlateBook PC goes official with 14-inch display and Android OS

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HP announced the budget-friendly SlateBook PC. The 14” notebook runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box and will ship in sleek-looking black color scheme with yellow accents.

The HP SlateBook PC is powered by NVIDIA Tegra 4 SoC with 1.8GHz quad-core CPU. Read more »

ASUS announces C200 and C300 Chromebooks

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After Lenovo announced two budget Chromebooks, It’s ASUS’ turn. The company announced two new models of its own, the C200 and the C300, that start at just $250.

C200 has a 11.6-inch display with 1366×768 resolution whereas the C300 maintains that resolution but goes to 13.3-inch. Both models run on Intel Bay Trail-M processor clocked at 2.42GHz, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4 and an SD card slot.

Both models will start shipping in North America by the end of June, starting at $250 for the base model.

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Lenovo releases two new Chromebooks

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Lenovo has announced two new Chromebook models, the Lenovo N20 and N20p. Both machines are nearly identical in terms of specifications, but while the N20 has a standard design, the N20p display flips backward and has a touchscreen.

Both machines come with a 11.6-inch, 1366×768 resolution display, Haswell-based Intel Celeron processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage space. Read more »

Samsung Chromebook 2 launch delayed

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Samsung announced its Chromebook 2 a while ago and it was officially available for pre-ordering earlier this month. However a couple of reports now suggest that the launch of the Chromebook 2 has been delayed.

The sequel of the popular Chromebook is now expected to start shipping at the end of May. Samsung’s latest netbook brings new screen size, chipset and design with the stitched faux leather look. Read more »