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- 08/11/16--16:00: Asus Chromebook with 4GB RAM, 64GB storage now available for $300
- 09/05/16--10:00: Chromebooks with fingerprint scanners on the way?
- 09/28/16--16:33: Convertible Acer Chromebook R 13 goes up for pre-order
- 10/04/16--06:42: Google Play store is rolling out for more Chromebooks
- 1366 x 768 pixel display
- Intel Celeron N3060 dual-core Braswell processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 16GB of eMMC storage
- 720p webcam
- 2 USB 3.0 ports
- HDMI output
- Headset jack
- 3,950 mAh battery
- 11/02/16--07:46: Acer Chromebook R13 now supports Android apps (beta)
- 01/03/17--09:00: Acer launches Chromebook 11 N7 rugged notebook for $230
- 01/06/17--16:18: Hands-on with the Samsung Chromebook Plus convertible Chromebook
- 01/23/17--07:09: Every new Chromebook from here on out will support Android apps
- 01/24/17--09:30: Chrome OS tablets may be in the works
- 02/17/17--09:32: More evidence that Chrome OS tablets are on the way
Most Chromebooks are cheap laptops with entry-level specs. But there’s a growing number of Chromebooks with higher price tags that offer additional storage and memory or better displays.
Dell, HP, and Google all offer what you might call premium Chromebook models.
Now Asus has one of the most affordable models with… let’s say mid-range specs. The Asus C301 Chromebook is now available for pre-order for $300.
The laptop has 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 13.3 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display.
Google has added a few new security and login features to Chrome OS recently, including experimental support for using a PIN to unlock a Chromebook instead of password, and the ability to unlock a Chromebook using an Android phone.
Another option may be on the way: according to a Chromium source code commit, it looks like at least one Chromebook with a fingerprint sensor is under development.
The commit is for a board called Gru, which Chrome Unboxed notes is expected to be used in an upcoming device that’s code-named Kevin.
You’ve been able to run Android apps on some Chromebooks since June, but when the feature first launched it was only available if your Chromebook was using Chrome 53 Dev Channel.
Eventually Google brought support for Android apps to the beta channel, and now Chrome OS 53 Stable supports the Google Play Store and Android apps.
There are a few caveats though: the Play Store for Chrome OS is still considered beta.
Google is holding an event on October 4th, where the company is expected to officially launches its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. But that’s not all we’re expecting to see on October 4th.
According to several reports from Android Police, we could also see the launch of Google Home, a Chromecast Ultra, and a new wireless router called Google WiFi.
Google may also show off a preview of an operating system that merges Chrome OS and Android, although it’s unlikely to be available to the public before 2017.
Google is said to be working on a new operating system that combines features of Android and Chrome OS. It’d be able to run across a range of devices including tablets, and laptops. And according to a report from Android Police, Google may be planning to show off a preview at its event on October 4th… even though the new operating system isn’t expected to be available until 2017.
The merged Android + Chrome operating system is allegedly code-named Andromeda OS, and if you’re wondering what kind of hardware will ship with the OS, Android Police has a follow-up.
The Acer Chromebook R 13 is a convertible notebook with a 13.3 inch touchscreen display, 4GB of RAM, and up to 64GB of storage. It has a 360 degree hinge that lets you fold the screen back when you want to hold the Chromebook like a tablet. And the system is the first Chromebook powered by a MediaTek processor.
Announced in August, the Acer Chromebook R 13 should begin shipping next month. But it’s already available for pre-order from B&H (and maybe a few other retailers).
You’ve been able to run Android apps on a few Chromebooks since June, but up until recently only three Chromebooks were supported. Now Google is rolling out an update that lets you use the Play Store and install Android apps on other Chrome OS devices.
A number of people have reported that the Play Store is now available for Chrome OS laptops including the Acer Chromebook 14, Acer Chromebook 15, Samsung Chromebook 3, and Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015).
Samsung’s next Chromebook may be a premium model with a 12.3 inch, 2400 x 1600 pixel touchscreen display and a 360-degree hinge that allows the notebook to become a tablet when the screen is tilted back.
But that’s just one of the things that makes the Samsung Chromebook Pro unusual. It may also be one of the first Chromebooks to feature support for digital pen input, and the convertible tablet is surprisingly compact for a model with a 12.3 inch screen: it measures 11″ x 8.7″ x 0.55″ and weighs 2.38 pounds.
Acer’s latest Chromebook is big and… cheap. The new Acer Chromebook 15 model is a laptop with a 15.6 inch display, up to 12 hours of battery life, and a $199 price tag.
It’s now available for purchase from Walmart.
Just keep in mind that the battery life and price are probably this Chromebook’s most impressive features.
The rest of the specs are pretty basic:
The laptop measures 15.1″ x 10.1″ x 1″ and weighs about 4.3 pounds.
As promised, Google has begun rolling out Android app support to a growing number of Chromebooks. After making the Google Play Store available for the Acer Chromebook R11, Asus Chromebook Flip, and Google Chromebook Pixel (2015) this summer, the company added support for several more models in October.
Now you can add one more to the list: The Acer Chromebook R13.
This is a convertible model with a 13.3 inch touchscreen display, 4GB of RAM, and support for up to 64GB of storage.
Acer’s newest Chromebook is a fanless 11.6 inch laptop with an optional touchscreen display, and a sturdy, MIL-STD 810G tested case with a spill-resistant keyboard.
The Acer Chromebook 11 N7 is designed for use in classrooms, but the $230 starting price could make it attractive for anyone looking for a durable Chrome OS laptop.
The notebook has an 11.6 inch display and comes in two models. The C731T has a touchscreen display, while the C731 does not.
Samsung is launching two new Chromebooks this year, and they look almost identical. Both the Samsung Chromebook Pro and the Samsung Chromebook Plus have 12.3 inch high-resolution touchscreen displays and support for Android apps and the Google Play Store.
Both also support pen input, making them some of the first Chromebooks with that feature. And both have convertible designs, which let you push the screen back 360 degrees and hold the 2.4 pound Chromebooks like tablets.
The Samsung Chromebook Plus is a notebook with a 12.3 inch, 2400 x 1600 pixel touchscreen display, a hinge that lets you fold the screen back 360 degrees so you can hold the computer like a tablet, and a digital pen that looks like the kind Samsung offers with its Galaxy Note smartphones.
That makes the Chromebook Plus one of the first Chrome OS devices to ship with a pen that you can use to scribble notes or draw pictures, among other things.
Google began rolling out support for the Google Play Store and Android apps on some Chromebooks in 2016. This year it looks like the company is preparing an update that will make it easier to view and interact with multiple Android apps at the same time.
Chrome Unboxed has posted some pictures of a pre-release version of Chrome OS featuring Android 7.1 integration. Up until now, the Android subsystem on Chromebooks was based on Android 6.0.
Chromebooks are typically positioned as low-cost, easy-to-use laptops for home, school, or maybe even office use. But a few years ago AOPEN started offering a Chrome OS device for digital signage or kiosk applications. The AOPEN Chromebase Commercial is basically a 22 inch all-in-one PC with Google’s browser-based operating system.
Now the company has unveiled a smaller model called the Chromebase Mini. It has a 10.1 inch touchscreen display, a built-in kickstand and it’s positioned as a product that can be used for video conferencing with Google Hangouts or for digital signage.
Google began rolling out support for Android apps to select Chromebooks in 2016. The list of supported models started pretty small, but it’s been growing month by month, and Google says that many models which don’t yet support Android apps will in the future.
Not sure if the Chromebook you already own or one you plan to buy is supported? Google has a handy list.
And as Android Police noticed, that list has been updated with an important new note: every Chromebook released in 2017 or later will support Android apps.
Samsung recently unveiled two of the first Chrome OS laptops with both a touchscreen display and support for stylus input. But the Samsung Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro aren’t the only models with stylus support coming this year.
Google for Education says an Acer Chromebook Spin 11 with a convertible tablet design and an Asus Chromebook C213 convertible will both be available in late spring, and both will support stylus input.
They’re aimed at the education market, and Google says the Chromebooks were designed with input from educators.
Rumors of a Chrome OS tablet have been making the rounds for years. But 2017 might be the year we finally see one… well, depending on your definition of a tablet.
Last year’s Asus Chromebook Flip is arguably the first convertible Chromebook tablet, and a number of other convertibles with built-in keyboards have been released since the Flip first launched.
But this year we may see models with detachable keyboards or no keyboard at all.
Google’s Chrome OS started out as a browser-based operating system for notebook and desktop computers. But over the past few years Google has added support for touchscreen displays and the ability to run Android apps, and we’re seeing a growing number of Chromebook convertibles like the Asus Chromebook Flip and Samsung Chromebook Plus and Pro. […]
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