14 percent of US laptop sales
The latest figures from NPD, by way of BetaNews, show that Google Chromebooks are continuing to sell well in the U.S. The…
Watches, Chromebooks and more
After selling one million of its original Pebble watches, the company is zigging when the competition is zagging. Pebble Time is the…
Chip change for more run time
Google confirmed what we noted two weeks ago on our Chrome Show podcast: There is a successor to the Chromebook Pixel after…
More battery life, please
Although my original Chromebook Pixel still works well, the device is a few generations behind when it comes to the chips inside. Laptops…
Ready for a food fight
Dell entered the Chromebook market last year, focusing mainly on education with its Chromebook 11. Now it has a refreshed model with…
Pull-to-refresh and more
Whether you use the regular version of Chrome on Android or the beta edition of Google’s browser, your web surfing got a…
Extension for podcast lovers
There’s a wide range of solid podcast players for mobile devices but if you’re a Chromebook user, the pickin’s are relatively slim. Enter…
No Windows 10 for you. Next!
Looking back at our live blog from the Microsoft Windows 10 event, I noticed two letters missing: An R and a T.…
Got a Chromebook and want to have a video chat with a Facebook friend? You don’t need to download or install any…
A new chip cycle is here
We only saw one new Chromebook at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, but if you listened to our Chrome Show podcast, you’d…
Smarter, more personal devices
With two weather delays and a cross-country flight to Las Vegas from the east coast, I had plenty of time to think…
Low-end laptop competition
We didn’t mention Chromebooks in our 2014 wrap-up, but the devices certainly gained momentum this year. No, the browser-based devices aren’t for…
Would be useful on a tablet
Although the Chrome OS platform isn’t known as touch-friendly software, there are some touchscreen Chromebooks on the market. And Google has slowly…
Wireless keys for Chromebooks
After months of waiting, Google now seems to be moving quickly when it comes to unlocking Chromebooks with trusted Android devices. Mention…
Google in the driver's seat?
There were some interesting developments across multiple platforms this week: Microsoft started its rollout of Lumia Denim software, Apple outlined 64-bit app…
Just like on Android
Over the last year, Google added the “OK Google” hotword to both the Chrome browser and Chrome OS computers. It works well…
"Computer: Make it so."
Since Google spent $3.2 billion to purchase Nest back in January, I’d say it’s about time for the company to integrate the smart…
Now that you can spend $199 and get either a Google Chromebook or a Windows 8.1 with Bing laptop, which is better? It depends on your needs, of course, but this head to head battle is worth the look.
Three K-12 school districts alone have purchased and deployed 108,000 Chromebooks as IDC notes the devices are best-selling in the education market this year, just three years after Google introduced the Chrome OS laptops.
Microsoft continues to back Surface Pro 3 for the workplace, offering a new bundle discount on the hardware and commitments that the current device accessories will work with the next Surface Pro model.
After introducing the feature last month in beta, Google Chromebooks can now access files from an Android phone or tablet over a USB cable. The latest Stable version of Chrome OS adds the functionality along with some touchscreen enhancements.
There’s one less reason to write off Chromebooks as a viable computing option: Photoshop is available on Chrome OS. Adobe integrated the app with Google Drive and streams it to you from the cloud or another computer.
Samsung has long been a leader in Chromebook sales but even that’s not enough to keep the company selling Chrome OS laptops — or other notebooks — in Europe as the PC market is struggling.
We’ve already seen a Chromebook that can be powered from a USB charger so what’s the next step? One that recharges without wires at all. The Chromium OS team is testing code to manage how this works on future Chromebooks.
Google will offer three-day Chromebook loans to students across the country this fall to introduce them to Chrome OS. Here’s a list of schools and dates where you can find the Chromebook Lending Library.
Chromebooks have their own native and web apps and now the first four Android apps are available for the platform as well. Google created a special runtime that lets developers bring their Android apps to Chromebooks, adding to the appeal of Chrome OS devices.
A new family of Intel chips could come to Chromebooks, promising a fanless design and performance similar to the current Haswell processor.
HP is updating its Chromebook line with new chips from Intel and Nvidia while keeping the price of both models under $300. The larger 14-inch version gains a full HD display and runs on Nvidia’s Tegra K1 processor.
Android users who work with Chrome OS are getting a bridge between the two Google worlds: Support for file transfers between an Android device and a Chromebook thanks to MTP.
Up to now, if you wanted to tinker with the software on an Android phone, you’d need tools from the Android SDK installed on PC or Mac. Thanks to a new app for Chrome OS, you can now use a Chromebook.
HP just refreshed its Chromebook 11 back in May but it was more of a downgrade than anything else. Now, an official data sheet says HP has a newer model that loses the ARM chip in favor of a power-efficient Intel Celeron.
My $1,449 Chromebook Pixel just got a little more useful and so did the $299 Acer Chromebook C720P. The latest Stable channel…
It is time for a Chrome OS tablet? Google’s software isn’t quite ready for that but it’s getting closer: Handwriting recognition has appeared in an early Chrome OS software build.
Chromebooks(s goog) in the education market are clearly picking up steam. Earlier this week, Dell said it was temporarily discontinuing direct Chromebook…
After finding code references to Project Athena last month, we know know what it looks like. Say hello to a new — but early effort — experimental interface for Chrome OS that’s heavily card-based.
A new Chromium commit hints at native Chromecast support coming to Chromebooks.
The Chromebook for education market is getting a bit crowded so how do you make your product stand out? CTL has a pretty good idea, offering a ruggedized Chromebook with a handle for $279.
People who bought the more expensive LTE version of the Chromebook Pixel were promised at least two free years of 4G data. Now Verizon is canning that program a year early and Google is offering refunds.
Twilio and Google hope that their portable call centers will provide an alternative to the traditional call center. The fully loaded Chromebooks come with a headset and 7,500 Twilio minutes per month.
Verizon promised 100 MB of free LTE service with the $1,449 Chromebook Pixel last year and now the deal is over as some are finding out the hard way. What was originally advertised as a two-year deal abruptly ends after just 12 months.
The first Chromebook running on Intel’s battery-friendly BayTrail processor is here and an initial review shows outstanding run-time: Up to 12 hours on a charge. There’s a bit of a performance hit as a result but the C200 looks like a solid choice at $249.
Love everything about your Chromebook but the display? If you don’t mind a little work and have $50 to $60 you can spare, you can swap out your screen for a better panel.
After what seemed an eternity, Google(s goog) Chromebook owners can finally watch Google Play video content offline on their devices. Earlier last…
HP’s fall laptop lineup includes a 14-inch notebook running Android 4.3 for $400.
After four years of full pricing, Apple is offering a $20 to $30 educational discount on its iPad line. Why now? Perhaps its just an effort to ramp up iPad sales, but it could be part of a bigger battle in the classroom as well.
While Google’s annual developer event is just weeks away, you don’t need to wait for it to see what’s new in Chrome and Chrome OS. New features have recently cropped up in early test versions that solidify Google’s overall Chrome strategy.
Samsung promised improved performance in the Chromebook 2 and it’s there, based on the first review. It’s not, however, comparable to performance from less expensive Chromebooks that run on Intel chips.
In a few weeks, you’ll be able to knock another item off the list of things Chromebooks can’t do offline: Support for downloading and then playing Google Play Movies and TV Shows without an internet connection is on the way.
After debuting Chromebooks for the education market, Lenovo is following up with models for consumers. Say hello to the N20 and N20p Chromebooks, which offer up to 8 hours of battery life. The latter has a touchscreen and 300-degree screen hinge.
An early video look at the Samsung Chromebook 2 showed an appealing laptop with what looks like solid performance from the company’s Exynos chip. We won’t know for sure, however, until the end of May due to delivery delays.
After already promising 14 to 21 business day delivery when pre-orders began April 7, Samsung now says the Chromebook 2 won’t arrive until the end of May. Perhaps there’s more software tweaking to be done for the Exynos 5 chip.
A new “easy unlock” feature appears in the developer channel of Chrome OS. Once enabled, it will let you unlock a Chromebook or Chromebox by placing a trusted Android phone nearby.
Google continues work on its Android software that connects and controls a remote computer. Private beta testing is underway so the application should be launching in the near future.
Looking for “the best” Chromebook available? Two recent reviews of the Dell Chromebook 11 for education suggest that’s the model to get and you don’t have to be a student to buy one.
Samsung says its new Chromebook 2 will have a strong performance boost while also running for 8+ hours on a charge. Starting at $320, these will compete against less expensive Chromebooks with Intel chips. Game on!
March is nearly over so the April launch of Samsung’s Chromebook 2 laptops should be close. The Chromebooks are now appearing on the Samsung Canada site with a few more details about the features, one of which will come after a software update.
Thanks to the Windows RT 8.1 software update, Surface 2 is an even better choice for business than before. Microsoft’s Surface team offered its three top reasons as to why and guess what: Chrome OS has nearly the exact same attributes.
Following some early benchmarks that didn’t impress, Samsung says its Exynos Octo chip should provide a big performance boost to the new Chromebook 2 laptops, including a doubling of multimedia performance; good for those who stream or watch local videos on a Chromebook.
A Google Android smartwatch or health-tracker might not need an Android device or traditional desktop to sync data: Google added Bluetooth 4.0 LE to Chrome OS a few weeks ago, opening up the possibility of web-based apps that talk with your wearable.
Developers will be happy to see new options in the Chrome Web Store: Themes, Extensions and Packaged Apps can be sold and the latter two can be offered as free trial as Google expands its Chrome as a platform strategy.
Google officially supports multiple sign-in on most of its products, but it’s not consistent across services. A new feature in the Chrome OS Developer channel aims to fix that. Here’s what it looks like and how to get it.
How might Samsung’s Chromebook 2 stand out from the crowd of Chrome OS laptops? A 1920 x 1080 resolution display would help and that’s apparently what the larger 13.3-inch model will have.
Hope you like the faux leather trim and stitching on Samsung’s tablets and phones, because they might be coming to a Chromebook near you. After news of a Samsung Chromebook 2 leaked, an image with the trim appeared online.
The old Samsung Chromebook is getting long in the tooth and it appears a successor is coming soon. Actually, make that two successors according to a company taking pre-orders early.
Chrome OS keeps improving and with new features come new ways to get things done. Here’s a list of 10 new tips that could be handy for those with a new Chromebook or Chromebox.
Your desktop may soon start reminding you when to leave the office due to traffic or tell you when a package is out for delivery: Google Now isn’t just for phones and tablets any more.
Since getting a slow start a few years back, devices running Google’s Chrome OS haven’t really been a “thing” at CES. This year looks different as LG pre-announced a Chromebase, more Chromebooks are expected and the platform is gaining momentum
Holding out for the elusive HP Chromebook 11? At least one model is back in stock and available online, following the device getting pulled from retail shelves due to power unit issues.
Thanks to a DOS emulator written for Chrome, I’m getting my game on while offline — old school style! Tune in to our podcast to hear what makes the magic happen along with Chrome news from the week.
Want to bookmark a website in Chrome and “pin” it somewhere? You can’t just yet, but this experimental feature shows how it could be done in the future.
Hasn’t Dell seen the latest Microsoft showing how Surface is great for students? Apparently not, because the company announced its Dell Chromebook 11 specifically for the education market. And it’s not stopping there.
Microsoft turned up the volume of its Scroogled campaign with another ad showing how Chromebooks are inferior. So much effort on what the company considers a useless product is interesting, and effective.
Google and HP have been quiet since the Chromebook 11 was pulled from shelves due to overheating power supply issues. Now, a replacement charger has appeared on the Google Play store for $19.99. Will existing owners get it for free?
Looking to buy a new Chromebook for yourself or as a gift? On this week’s Chrome Show podcast, we suggest which is worth the look, along with five “must have” Chrome extensions to get you started.
Chromebooks are already priced relatively low, yet this Friday, they’ll be even lower. I found not one, but two deals for the HP Chromebook 14, which can save you a $100 on the purchase.
So where’s the new Nexus 10? Maybe it’s not here because it won’t actually run Android and will instead, run on Google’s Chrome OS platform. And that’s fine by me!
Looking for a better screen capture app for Chrome or Chrome OS? Consider SnagIt from TechSmith. It’s both an app and an extension; the two work together for capturing images, annotating them and then syncing them up to your Google Drive.
Google voice search and Google Now functionality are on their way to Chrome and Chrome OS. The latest developer channel of Chrome OS has the feature in an experimental state and although it’s limited, I see great potential here.
Now that Google has introduced Portable Native Client, developers can use traditional programming languages to create apps that run on the Chrome platform regardless of the chip inside the device: x86, ARM or MIPS.
I loaned a Chromebook to a friend who didn’t factory restore the device when returning it. And if you can’t sign in to a Chromebook, you can’t restore it… or can you? A four key combo is the secret to do so.
Google has requested that retailers stop selling the HP Chromebook 11 due “a small number of user reports that some chargers included with the device have been damaged due to overheating.”
Two recent articles belittling the need and use cases for Chromebooks also belittle those consumers who buy them. It’s a shame that some are stuck in the old-school traditional computing model where the thought of “more is better” overlooks cases where less is more.
We shared a user recommended app list on our weekly Chrome Show podcast that could come in handy if you use Chrome OS or even the Chrome browser. Plus, we take a deeper dive into new Chrome features for the Android beta client.
If the Chrome OS is “just a browser”, how can it be more appealing to some people given that other devices all have a browser and more? There are a number of reasons and an article we highlight explains them quite well.
It’s not much evidence, but there could be a refreshed Pixel in the works. Mention of a “Pixel 2.0” was found this week; we chat about that more about the HP Chromebook 11 on this week’s podcast.
So what does the new HP Chromebook 11 look like? You’ll see in this video from my point of view since I used Google Glass as an experimental way to record content. HP cut a corner or two but I like the hardware.
Can you view and interact with the screen of an Android device through a browser or a Chromebook? Thanks to an experimental setting: Yes. The feature could prove useful to Android developers.
Google and HP introduced the new Chromebook 11, HP’s first Chrome OS device that runs on an ARM processor from Samsung. For $279, the device offers wide viewing angles, 100 GB of Drive storage and a 60-day trial of Google Play Music All Access.
The Camera app in Chrome OS hasn’t seen a major upgrade since launch but that appears to be changing. A new build of Camera shows an improved UI. Want this work-in-progress? It’s easy to install to your Chromebook.
It’s hard to find consumers that have embraced Chromebooks. The education market is a different story as 5,000 U.S. school districts now use Chromebooks according to Google. Is Microsoft on the way out of the classroom?
Chrome can never replace a traditional operating system. After all, you can’t associate any files with apps. Or could you? The answer may be found with a new web intents concept called URL handling: Click a link and the appropriate Chrome App opens.
Alongside new Chromebooks announced this week came reports that Google’s Chromebook Pixel wouldn’t be repeated, indicating the device won’t get refreshed with new Intel chips. It turns out, that’s not necessarily the case; good news for Pixel fans.
HP is already sharing some information on its new Chromebook with Haswell chip: The 14-inch laptop will start at $299 and have options for integrated LTE on T-Mobile’s network.
New Chromebooks with Haswell chips were announced as Google was waiting for Intel’s next-generation chips to ship. The devices bring more performance and better battery life.
Intel’s annual developer event kicks off this week and there’s rumor of new Chromebook hardware running on Intel’s Haswell chip coming this week. Might we finally see a mid-range Chromebook with a price to match? That could help Chrome OS grow even more.
After long last, the majority of Chromebook users gain the “immersive mode” that appeared on the Beta channel in May. If you have a Chromebook on the Stable channel, check for your software update that includes this and other helpful features.
The latest Developer channel update for Chrome OS offers a number of improvements that brings the operating system closer to traditional desktop platforms. Touch enabled drag-and-drop, better channel switching, and a way to see all open windows with a single key click are here.
Two high-profile apps launched on Google Chrome this week as Packaged Apps. Pocket and Wunderlist don’t need to run in the browser now and they illustrate why Google Chrome is more of a platform than just a browser.
Chrome isn’t just for work: You can play Gameboy games in the browser. We tell you how in our Chrome Show while a guest on the Internet of Things podcast calls for more open standards. And how does Google’s Loon project really work, anyway?
Pixel owners can now plug in an SD card or camera full of photos to their laptop for auto-upload and backup to Google+. The new app, shown in February, launches today and Google is planning for it on other Chromebooks in the future.
Recap your week with our trio of GigaOM podcasts where there’s something for everyone: Chromebook news, connected lamps and thoughts on the Instagram video feature. Does 15 seconds trump six?
The current $249 Samsung Chromebook appears due for a refresh: A new model using Samsung’s octo-core chip is reportedly in the works, which will boost performance without hurting battery life.
The LTE radio in the Chromebook Pixel is great, provided you’re in an LTE coverage area on Verizon’s network: There’s no 3G fall back. Turns out the modem actually supports various 3G technologies that perhaps could be enabled in the future.
Until the Chromebook Pixel, Chrome OS laptops were relegated to use older, slow Intel chips. Looks like that’s changing as new Chrome OS code has numerous references to Intel’s fourth-gen Core chip, which should greatly boost Chromebook battery life.
Google has a lineup of Chromebook laptops but no sleeves or cases for them, including the new Chromebook Pixel. It turns out the Apple Store is a great place for Pixels since the laptop is similar in size to the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
We’ve hear rumors of Google Chrome tablets in the past but they’ve never panned out. Google, in fact, denied working on one. The most recent Chrome OS build gives strong hints that point to the contrary, however.
Google continues to quickly iterate its Chrome OS platform, with the latest developer build showing a much improved Files app. And it is an app; something called a Packaged App that can have more functionality than a web app.
Could any other cloud storage services get integrated into Google’s Chrome OS or will Google Drive be it? Others could be added if this feature enhancement request is approved and coded.
On this week’s mobile call in podcast, we recap all of the T-Mobile news: no contracts, the iPhone 5 and a new LTE network. Then we hit your questions about running Linux on a Chromebook and which is the best keyboard for Android.
Nearly five months after it launched, Samsung’s $249 Chromebook gets Netflix. We knew this was coming but the surprising thing is that Microsoft helped out.
Catch up with our weekly podcasts as we talk about the pros and cons of telecommuting, a router with a touchscreen and Chromebook Pixel!
Could Nvidia’s Tegra 4 chip power an upcoming Chromebook? It looks that way, based on some Chrome OS code snippets adding support for the company’s latest chip.
I was enamored with Samsung’s newest Chromebook except for one key aspect: It couldn’t run some of the same apps as my older Chrome OS device. Google just fixed this with new support for ARM chips.
The “always new computer” is new yet again: Google is releasing Chrome OS updates for all Chromebooks and users should see the software hit in the next few days. User interface improvements are in there and some key apps are enabled for offline use by default.
HTC’s Droid DNA for Verizon Wireless is here and both hosts on this week’s audio podcast have many likes a few a dislikes. Matt is trying a Chromebook and Jawbone UP again, while Kevin is watching HDTV on the iPad and Android phones for cheap.
Google surprised many last week by launching a new $249 Chromebook, which is $200 lower than the prior model. One part of the cost savings is replacing the Intel processor with a new Samsung chip designed for phones and tablets. So how’s the performance?
Google’s new Chromebook debuted in a Wi-Fi only model, leaving many to wonder if there would eventually be a 3G model. Turns out, there already is. Verizon’s 3G network is supported on the $329.99 device and includes 100 MB of monthly data at no extra charge.
Google’s newest Chromebook, made by Samsung, only costs $249 and offers the same general performance of ChromeOS is a smaller, lighter package. How’d they do it? This model uses the same chip type that powers smartphones and tablets. Take a look at my hands-on thoughts.
Could Google be preparing a Drive promotion for Chromebooks and Chromeboxes? Based on a review of Chromium OS code snippets, the answer appears to be yes; there are references to a free 100 GB of Google Drive space, which would make Chrome OS more appealing.
Google is planning to make a significant push into both the consumer market and especially the enterprise market with its Chromebook cloud-based laptops, according to Sundar Pichai. The Chrome VP told GigaOM Structure attendees that Google Apps have opened the door to the cloud.
Google is making a concerted effort to enable offline use for its Chrome browser and Chrome OS platform. There’s a new collection of apps in the Chrome Web Store that can already run offline. And offline editing for Google Docs is coming “soon” per the company.
In this week’s audio podcast, Matt and Kevin cover all the recent Google Nexus 7 tablet rumors: what sounds reasonable and how much will it cost? Plus new Google Chromebooks have arrived — along with the updated ChromeOS — and Flipboard comes to Android.