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- 05/20/16--05:04: _With Android apps c...
- 05/22/16--04:00: _When Chromebooks ru...
- 05/25/16--13:15: _Asus C301 Chromeboo...
- 06/16/16--22:40: _Now you can run And...
- 06/17/16--13:30: _Closer look at Andr...
- 06/23/16--14:30: _Chrome OS update ma...
- 06/27/16--07:17: _HP launches Chromeb...
- 07/01/16--18:01: _How to sideload And...
- 07/10/16--07:00: _$300 Asus Chromeboo...
- 07/13/16--07:26: _Microsoft updates S...
- 07/14/16--16:47: _CodeWeavers demos W...
- 08/01/16--15:01: _Android apps for Ch...
- 04/29/16--09:45: HP Chromebook 13 now available for $499 – $1029
- 05/18/16--13:05: Yep, the Google Play Store is coming to Chrome OS
- 05/19/16--11:17: Google Play is coming to Chromebooks starting in June
- 05/19/16--13:19: Android apps will only run on new(ish) Chrome OS computers
- 05/22/16--04:00: When Chromebooks run Android apps, do we still need Android tablets?
- 05/25/16--13:15: Asus C301 Chromebook with 1080p screen coming soon
- 06/16/16--22:40: Now you can run Android apps on the Asus Chromebook Flip
- 06/17/16--13:30: Closer look at Android apps on a Chromebook (video)
- 06/23/16--14:30: Chrome OS update makes Android apps on the Chromebook Flip better
- 06/27/16--07:17: HP launches Chromebook 11 G5 with Android app support (eventually)
- 07/01/16--18:01: How to sideload Android apps on a Chromebook
- 07/10/16--07:00: $300 Asus Chromebook C301SA has 64GB storage, 1080p screen
- 08/01/16--15:01: Android apps for Chrome OS graduates to beta channel (sort of)
The lines between Google’s Chrome and Android operating systems is getting blurrier. Google has long positioned Chrome OS as its operating system for laptop and desktop computers, while Android is designed for smartphones, tablets, TV boxes, and wearables.
But about a year and a half ago the company started working with some developers to port Android apps so they could run on Chrome OS. In March, 2015, the company offered up tools to let any Android app developer turn their software into a Chrome app that could be downloaded from the Chrome Web Store.
Chromebooks have a reputation for being cheap laptops with entry-level specs. But sometimes you want a little more power. And HP is the latest company to give it to you.
The company has launched a new Chromebook with premium specs and a starting price of $499, and as expected, the HP Chromebook 13 is available with up to 16GB of RAM, up to a 3200 x 1800 pixel IPS display, and up to an Intel Core M7 Skylake processor.
Google may have sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo only a few years after acquiring the company. But the company held onto a number of key patents… and Google also apparently liked some of the leadership team.
Recode reports that Google has hired former Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh to head up a new hardware division.
Osterloh will report to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, but he’ll basically be in charge of all of the company’s hardware products.
This week HP and Google introduced a new Chrome OS laptop with an aluminum case, backlit keyboard, and other premium specs including support for up to 16GB of RAM and up to a 3200 x 1800 pixel display.
But while the companies told us the HP Chromebook 13 G1 would have a starting price of $499, they weren’t particularly clear on how much money you’d spend on a model with top-of-the-line specs.
Now we know.
Since the first model launched in 2013 with a $1299 price tag, the Google Chromebook Pixel has always been the most expensive Chrome OS laptop money could buy. But in 2015 the company eased the pain a bit by introducing a new model with a starting price of $999.
Now that model is out of stock… and a Google representative tells me the company has no plans of re-stocking the $999 Chromebook Pixel with a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage.
The rumors were true. Google is bringing the Google Play Store to Chrome OS, which means it’ll be much easier to find and install Android apps on Chromebooks or other devices running Google’s Chrome operating system.
We’ll probably have to wait until May 19th for Google to officially announce the feature, but a summary for an upcoming session at the Google I/O developer conference spilled the beans a little early.
Update: Now it’s even more official: the Play Store is coming to Chromebooks starting in June.
Some Android apps have been able to run on Chromebooks since 2014. But the list of available apps was relatively small, and they were mixed in with native Chrome apps in the Chrome Web Store.
Starting in June, it’s going to be a lot easier to install Android apps on a Chromebook, because Google is bringing the Play Store for Android apps to Chrome OS.
The company is also making things a lot easier for developers: many apps will run without any modifications at all.
Android apps are coming to Chrome OS soon. But you’ll need a relatively recent device to use them.
Google has unveiled a list of the first Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, and other Chrome OS computers that will support the Google Play Store and Android apps, and for the most part we’re looking at devices that launched in 2014 or later.
Older Chromebooks need not apply… and that even applies to Google’s own products, like the original Chromebook Pixel.
Over the past few years a number of companies have tried to turn Google Android into a desktop (or TV-focused) operating system by adding support for multi-window mode, among other things. Most recently, Chinese startups have launched Android-based operating systems like Remix OS and Phoenix OS which add a taskbar, desktop, and Windows-like multi-window functionality to Android.
But now that Google is bringing support for Android apps to Chrome OS, is there a future for those operating systems?
After years of hinting that the lines between Android and Chrome OS were getting thinner and blurrier, Google recently announced that Chromebooks would soon be able to run just about any Android app. The Google Play Store will be available for three Chromebooks with touchscreen displays starting in June, and the list of Chrome OS laptops, desktops, and other devices that will gain access to Android apps is pretty long… and expected to get longer.
Asus has added a new 13 inch Chromebook to its line of laptops featuring Google’s Chrome operating system.
The new Asus C301 Chromebook features 4GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 1920 x 1080 pixel display, and an Intel Celeron N3160 quad-core processor. It’s listed on the Asus Store website as “coming soon” for $279.
Other features include 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, two USb 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, and an SD card reader.
As promised, Google has started rolling out an update to Chrome OS that lets you download and install Android apps from the Google Play Store.
Right now the Chrome OS 53 update is only available for the Asus Chromebook Flip, and you’ll need to be on the developer channel to run Android apps. But the update should be available for the Google Chromebook Pixel (2015) and Acer Chromebook R11 soon, and later this year it will roll out to additional Chrome OS devices.
Google is bringing Android apps to Chromebooks, and the first model to support the feature is the Asus Chromebook Flip.
Soon you’ll be able to run Android apps on the Acer Chromebook R11, Google Chromebook Pixel (2015 model) and many other recent Chrome OS devices.
But Google is starting with the Chromebook Flip and the company has released Chrome OS 53 dev channel for the laptop, complete with support for Android apps and the Google Play Store.
Less than a week after releasing the first build of Chrome OS for the Asus Chromebook Flip that lets you run Android apps on the touchscreen laptop, Google has released an update that fixes some of the issues with the first build.
The good news is that rotating the screen won’t cause apps to crash anymore. The less good news is that they won’t necessarily resize automatically.
It’s also now easier to tell Android apps from Chrome web apps at a glance.
HP is updating its line of Chromebooks with a new model featuring a starting price of $189, support for up to 12.5 hours of battery life and an optional touchscreen display.
The new HP Chromebook 11 G5 is the first Chromebook from the company to be available with a touchscreen, which HP says will come in handy when Android apps for Chrome OS become more widely available later this year.
As expected, the HP Chromebook 11 G5 features an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display and an Intel Celeron N3060 Braswell processor.
Now that Chromebooks can run Android apps downloaded from the Google Play Store, you might be wondering whether they can run apps not downloaded from the Play Store.
It turns out the answer is yes. For now you have to jump through a few extra hoops to make it happen, but here’s how I managed to install the Amazon Appstore and the Amazon Video app on an Asus Chromebook Flip.
The Chromebook Flip is the first Chrome OS device to support Android apps, but Google plans to roll out support for additional devices soon.
The vast majority of Chromebooks that have shipped in the past few years have had 32GB of storage or less… because you don’t need a lot of storage space for apps when using a browser-based operating system designed to run web apps. By shipping models with 16GB or 32G GB of storage, device makers have been able to offer reasonably fast storage and reasonably cheap laptops.
But now that Google is bringing support for Android apps and games to Chrome OS, you might want more storage space… and the only options right now are high-priced models like the Google Chromebook Pixel.
Microsoft has updated its Skype client for Linux for the first time since 2014.
The new Skype for Linux Alpha featured an updated user interface and an entirely new architecture — it doesn’t yet have all the features available for Windows, Mac, iOS, or Android. But it uses the same calling architecture as Skype for those platforms, and the new version of Skype for Linux uses the same WebRTC protocol for voice and video calling as Skype for Web.
CrossOver is a utility that allows you to run some Windows programs on a Linux computer. The company behind CrossOver has been working on an Android version that allows you to run Windows software on an Android phone or tablet… but now that Android apps can run on Chromebooks it turns out that installing CrossOver for Android also lets you run Windows programs on a Chromebook.
CodeWeavers hasn’t released their Android app yet, but the company has posted a video showing the Steam game client and Windows game Limbo running on an Acer Chromebook R11.
In June Google made it possible to run Android apps on the Asus Chromebook Flip. A month later the company rolled out support for two additional Chromebooks: the Google Chromebook Pixel (2015) and Acer Chromebook R11.
But up until now the only way to run Android apps on a Chromebook was to us Google’s Chrome OS dev channel.
Don’t like living on the bleeding edge? Now you can just live on the slightly sharp edge… because Android app support has now graduated to Chrome OS 53 beta channel.