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June 16, 2017

Another batch of Chromebooks now have Google Play support

Google has added a further 16 Chromebooks to its list of devices with Google Play support. Chromebooks from Dell, Asus, Samsung, Lenovo, HP and Acer are on the list, bringing the total up to just shy of a hundred. At least half of that overall figure are still listed as “planned” but the new additions are all in the beta channel.

See also: Best Chromebooks March 15, 2017

To take advantage of Android apps on any of the freshly listed devices, you’ll simply need to switch channels on your Chromebook. Just go to Settings > Menu > About Chrome OS > Detailed build information > Change channel and select the beta channel. You’ll need a restart once the [...]

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May 18, 2017

Chromebooks may get some Android O features before they show up on phones

One year ago at Google I/O 2016, the company announced that it would soon allow Chrome OS and Chromebooks to run Android apps from the Google Play Store. At the time the company said that this support would be available in the fall of 2016. Since then, this feature has been very slow to roll out. Today, as part of the 2017 Google I/O conference, the company offered an update on those plans, and had some surprising news that relates to Android O as well.

See also: Best Chromebooks March 15, 2017

As we have reported before, Google currently only has six Chrome OS devices that can download and run Android apps on the stable version of the OS. In a story on The [...]

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March 3, 2017

Google announces new HP Chromebook in blog post about Swedish schools


Google published a story on its blog yesterday about the role of technology in education; specifically about how Chromebooks are being used in Swedish schools. Buried among the information was news of a new HP Chromebook (and a new contender for worst-named technology product ever): the Chromebook x360 11 G1 Education Edition, built with the classroom in mind.

It’s described as a “rugged” 360-degree convertible Chromebook with USB Type-C charging, world-facing camera capabilities and an optional stylus, in keeping with Google’s new generation of Chromebooks.

A world-facing camera allows students to capture photos and videos from all directions. Google [...]

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February 28, 2017

Google has no plans to release any more Chromebook Pixel laptops

Google has confirmed what has been assumed for some time; the company has no plans to launch any future versions of its high-end Chromebook Pixel laptops with its Chrome operating system. The news was revealed by Google’s hardware leader Rick Osterloh during a chat today with journalists at the 2017 Mobile World Congress trade show.

See also: Best Chromebooks August 10, 2016

According to TechCrunch, Osterloh stated:

Chrome OS is a huge initiative in the company. Google hasn’t backed away from laptops. We have the number two marketshare in the US and UK — but we have no plans for Google-branded laptops.

It’s not much of a shock to hear this [...]

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