Posts tagged with: ChromeBook
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    Nexus phones are almost certainly getting “Pixelated”, the age-old second-gen N7 tablet might be in for a long overdue sequel of sorts this year too, and then you have first-party VR hardware, a Google Assistant-powered home automation hub, 4K-capable Chromecast, as well as a Pixel 3 laptop. Wait, what Pixel 3 laptop? The world’s first to run the merged Chrome OS – Android platform, silly. You know, the unified mobile/desktop OS we’ve been expecting for more than a year now, which Mountain View adamantly denied exploratory efforts for. Well, Andromeda is definitely in the ...

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    Right now, you can open up a Chromebook and the only way you can get access to what's inside it is to put in the password of the owner's Google account. But what if your password changes often? Maybe Chromebooks are a thing at your security-strung company? Well, maybe a PIN option won't be enough. But a fingerprint sensor might be. Chromium Unboxed picked up a baseboard in the Chromium repositories featuring work with a fingerprint sensor: CHROMIUM: arm64: dts: rockchip: specify interrupt line for fingerprint This sets up interrupt line used by the fingerprint sensor on Gru. Note that ...

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    Windows 10 allows for a simple PIN input for user authentication. Google thought it might be a good idea to also allow its Chromebooks to do that, just like its Android phones. Whatever the case, PIN unlock capabilities are now available in the latest developer update under the flag #quick-unlock-pin. According to Chromium evangelist François Beaufort, users will have to reboot, then hit up the Material Design settings to set up a PIN for the lock screen. Developers are still trying working with Android apps on Chromebooks. Source: Google+ Via: Engadget

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    If you're looking for a computing catch-all that will get you Spelunky on one end, Microsoft Excel at another and Asphalt 8 at a completely different limb, you may just have it soon enough, thanks to some company called CodeWeavers. One catch? You have to be comfortable with a Chromebook. Okay, not actually — let us explain. Developers are finalizing CrossOver, a Windows application boot program based on Wine, for Android. With things cinching up nicely and the introduction of Android apps to Chrome OS, the team went cheeky on all of us and decided to play a Steam game on ...

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    If you want a Chromebook of the future — you know, something that can run the Google Play Store for sure — but you're strapped for cash, perhaps you should bite your fingers and hold out for a new option from HP. The Chrombook 11 G5 is compact, slim, weighs about two-and-a-half pounds and will have speedy support for Android apps when it launches to consumers in October — though if you're, say, an educator buying bulk, B2B vendors should have them in next month. HP announced that the dual-core Intel Celeron N3060 should cut through tasks just right while stretching the battery to at ...

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    The reason why you might buy a Chromebook is finally here. Well, on one Chromebook. Developers are getting their hands on Chrome version 53, including Google's own François Beaufort. He found and posted up a screenshot of the Google Play Store for the ASUS Chromebook Flip. In the next couple of months, Google will expand Android apps over to the Acer Chromebook R11 and last year's Chromebook Pixel. A full list can be retrieved at our source link below. Source: Google+, Google Via: PCWorld

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    Yesterday, we asked Google a series of questions that weren't answered to our satisfaction at Google I/O's keynote. But we’re not completely negative Nellies here at Pocketnow. But while that list of questions is pretty long, the list of great things coming out of Google I/O thus far is pretty great in and of itself. So, to balance the negative with the positive, here are nice things from Google I/O that have impressed us here at Pocketnow. Split screen It has been asked for for years. Samsung has been doing it, first on the Note, then on the S-series of phones. So we all asked Google to ...

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    Windowed Android apps are officially coming to Chrome OS with Google announcing that Chromebooks can soon start accessing the million-plus apps on available on the Play Store. The Android apps will supplement Web apps to provide a variety of games and productivity solutions previously unavailable. And, unlike web apps, these apps work without an internet connection. A product manager for Chrome OS said that apps with sensor requirements (think GPS and gyrometers) will be culled from Chromebook Play Store listings. Touchscreen-equipped Chromebooks — beginning with the Pixel 2, the ASUS ...

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    Update: The podcast will be out at 3pm Eastern on April 29 and at anytime right here! Enjoy. Apple's quarterly earnings have fallen for the first time since 2003. As iPhone sales slow, what are the ramifications for Cupertino? Is Nokia getting into the smartwatch game by buying up Withings? Google is bringing Android app support to Chromebooks, but will we ever see Android and Chrome OS merge? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and phone ...

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    Don't let the word "Chromebook" scare you. If you're looking to switch off to a more spartan and streamable digital lifestyle, you'll get everything you need in one of those puppies. Google is lousy with demand from the education sector and those kids can get work done on that thing. That's why Acer has released Chromebook after Chromebook to match persnickety people to the right computer. Now, with the new Acer Chromebook 14, it's upped the feel and focus of the product. While we see a dual-core Intel Celeron processor here along with standard Intel HD graphics integration, you do get a ...

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    Google Play for Education was a program that sold Android tablets specialized for school use. But its partner vendors have gotten word that the program has ended. An executive at one of the vendors said he was trying to acquire a quote for an order. After a lengthy wait, ASUS and Samsung said that their products were "end-of-lifed" and suggested that the vendor look at Chromebooks instead. Google sent a missive to the vendor that said the Play for Education program was ending and recommended the same. The exec believes that the limited user capabilities and environment of the tablets meant ...

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    Aside from its new Notebook 9 series laptops and the Galaxy TabPro S 2-in-1, Samsung also brought a new Chromebook 3 to Las Vegas. At 17.7mm in thickness and 1.14kg in weight (has a reinforced metal body), it features an 11.6-inch display with a 1,366x768 resolution, dual-core Intel Celeron N3050 processor, 2- or 4GB RAM variants, and 16GB of internal storage. There's no exact word on pricing and availability aside from "early 2016". Additionally, Samsung has announced two new color options for its Gear S2 Classic smartwatch (not the sporty Gear S2). It will be available in Platinum ...

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    "Welcome to Pocketnow, your one-stop-shop for smartphones, phablets, tablets, and wearables - and Chromebooks? I'm going to have to find some bigger pockets." - Joe Levi, Pocketnow Android has been powering smartphones since 2008 when the T-Mobile G1 was released. Later on, OEMs scaled the phone-centric OS up and crammed it into tablets (Google put the brakes on that until it could release Android Honeycomb, which was specifically designed for tablets - and horrible). Google even rolled out not one, but two flavors of Android for televisions. The only experience missing was the one right ...

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    Right now, Google's juggling two main platforms: it's got Android behind its smartphones, tablets, and wearables, while Chrome OS helps power more traditional laptops. And while so far these have been distinct efforts, overlaps in terms of functionality, to say nothing of shared management and executive involvement, have long fueled rumors that someday the two projects might become one. Last week the latest of those reports arrived, talking about a timetable that might see Chrome OS absorbed into Android by sometime in 2017. Apparently this time the rumors were loud enough to prompt a ...

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    All the leaks did what they were supposed to. Numbers next to the letters GPU, RAM, GB and plenty of other acronyms and symbols have been put into place. So, when the Nexus phones came out of the gate during today's presser, we weren't exactly buzzing about what was up with the hardware there. We've been calling this 75-minute affair the "Google Nexus event" when it really should've been called "The Software Show, feat. Nexus and friends." Either way, Google was being Google and everyone, if not bursting from the seams, was more or less content. And then the show then made a U-turn. Or a ...

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    The global commander of the slowly crumbling PC universe has jumped the gun at IFA 2015 with an onslaught of product announcements roughly 48 hours ahead of the Berlin tech fair’s formal commencement. As always, Lenovo’s computing roster is all about choice and diversity, as business consumers, power users, casual web enjoyers and hardcore gamers are equally taken care of. Hands down the star of the rich and eclectic IFA portfolio is the 12-inch 2-in-1 IdeaPad Miix 700, which launches an all-out attack on Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 with similar versatility, portability and a slightly ...

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    It all started in Palo Alto, California back in 2003 - a little company named Android, Inc. was founded by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, and Chris White. The purpose of the venture was to create "smarter mobile devices that are more aware of its owner's location and preferences", and was originally aimed at digital cameras. That market proved not to be large enough, so the focus shifted to smartphones that could compete against Microsoft's and Symbian's offerings. Google acquired Android, Inc. in 2005 and speculation began to swirl that the search engine and email giant was ...

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    There are plenty of way to add some new functionality to your HDMI-equipped TV set, and dongles like Chromecast or Amazon's Fire TV Stick have made bringing streaming media to your living room a breeze. But sometimes you crave a little more power than access to Netflix and YouTube, and for that you can turn to some beefier dongles that give your TV the power of something closer to a full-fledged PC. Today Google shares news of just such an upcoming product, along with a few new Chromebooks. The Chromebit is set to formally launch this summer, manufactured by frequent Google collaborator ...

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    The way we interact with computers has changed significantly over the past few years. Just a few years ago, a web browser was just one of the few items in our virtual toolbox, and other apps were nearly essential for everyday use – the Microsoft Office suite, for one. But times are changing, and Google's big bet on the future of the web two years ago seems to be nearly spot-on at this point. As you may have guessed, that big bet was the Chromebook Pixel, a powerful Chrome OS notebook which launched about two years ago with access to little but a web browser, and now the company is back ...

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    Keeping your media in the cloud can be a great convenience: pick up the latest movie on Google Play, and you can watch it as easily on your smartphone as you can on your PC, or even living room TV. At least, it's really easy when you acquire the media through the service that hosts it, but what about stuff you're uploading yourself? This week, we get to check out a couple new tools from big names in cloud-based media, each making it easier to add your own content to their cloud offerings. Even if you're not paying for Google Play Music, there are still a lot of great free features, and ...

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    When you think of Google these days, you think of a lot of things: search, Android, Chrome, and even a digital content store, aptly named Google Play. The last thing you would likely ever tie Google directly to is a physical retail location, a brick and mortar store. No less, a report surfaced late last week suggesting Google was about to do just that … again. Currently, Google has Android stores in Australia, which go by the name Androidland. This time, Google is looking for a physical retail location for all things Google in New York City, according to Crain's NY. It's looking at an ...

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    Smartphones are great and useful tools, but until you get a bigger screen on them, they're never going to replace your laptop computer. Tablets are gaining in popularity and in functionality. They're doing so well, in fact, that many smartphone makers are pushing the limits of what can be called a "phone" by making screens bigger -- much bigger. At Pocketnow we call them "phablets". When we started we were sort of making fun of the huge-screened phones, but despite our mocking, the phrase suck -- and we learned that, when done right, phablets can be pretty awesome. But tablets and phablets ...

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