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Depth, color, and comprehension
Google took to the stage this morning at their annual Google I/O Developer Conference, and one of today’s biggest announcements came in the form of what the company is calling “Material Design” – a comprehensive overhaul to Google’s design language that will be used throughout Google’s entire portfolio of products, from Chrome OS to the newly announced Android 5.0 and even the web.
Google says Material Design is all about building a design around the concept of how a digital material would act in the real world, with an emphasis on depth, color, and motion. It’s quite difficult to describe in text, really, but essentially this is one design language that’s consistent throughout all of Google’s portfolio – even going so far as using the same style guidelines for all platforms. It’s flat, its colorful, and it’s got a heavy emphasis on motion.
Google says “Our material is grounded in tactile reality, inspired by our study of paper and ink, yet open to imagination and magic,” and that’s a pretty good way to put what we’re looking at here.
Image Source: The Verge
Cool, cheap boxes
Lenovo has made their new lineup of Chromebook notebooks official, the N20 Chromebook and the N20p Chromebook. Make no mistake – these are some pretty nice machines running Intel hardware, so no putting up with the occasional frustration of owning an ARM machine with these guys. The N20 Chromebook features a traditional notebook design while the N20p has what Lenovo is calling a “multimode” design that, at the end of the day, brings the Lenovo Yoga’s tricks over to a Chromebook, complete with a capacitive touchscreen.
Inside, both the N20 and the N20p feature Intel Atom processors, 11.6-inch displays with 1366 x 768-pixel resolution, up to 4GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (flash storage, of course), 802.11 a/c Wi-Fi, HDMI-out, and all the other goodies you’d expect from a low-end notebook like these. Of course, being Chromebooks, these things aren’t running Windows – they’re running Google’s Chrome OS, so you’re pretty much stuck with using whatever applications Google approves (usually pretty “meh” web apps), like Google Drive and, obviously, the Chrome web browser.
The Lenovo N20 Chromebook starts at $269 while the extra flexible N20p Chromebook starts at $329. Availability comes sometime in August, so you’ve got some time to add pennies to your piggy bank if you’re interested.
It's so tiny and cute
Have a need for a small, inexpensive, and likely secondary computer? Don’t mind if it runs Google’s web-based operating system, Chrome OS? Well then Asus has the deal for you. Introducing the new Asus Chromebox, a $179 desktop computer running the latest version of Chrome OS that’ll be hitting stateside on March 14th.
Pre-orders start now for the minuscule device at your favorite online retailers (Newegg, TigerDirect, and Amazon). It should come as no surprise that these guys don’t ship with the most impressive of specs, however, with the base model shipping with just a 1.4GHz Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM, USB 3.0, and likely negligible amount of internal storage.
Sound good to you? Hit up the source link below to get more info and get your pre-order on.
Step up, step sideways
Good news, Chromebook fans – Samsung has just announced their new, next generation Chromebook machine. Called the Chromebook 2, the new machine boasts a modest spec upgrade alongside a whole new design.
Heavily borrowing from the company’s Note III design language – faux-leather and fake stitchings in tow – the Chromebook 2 comes in two sizes, an 11-inch model and a 13-inch model. The 11-inch model starts at $320 while the 13-inch model comes in at $400, however both share the same specifications otherwise. Both new models come with the same eight-core processor found on the company’s new Galaxy S5 smartphone, however instead of Android 4.4 running the show there’s – of course – Chrome OS instead.
Both models also come with 4GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, while the 11-inch version comes with eight hour batter life. The 13-inch model is a little improved with eight and a half hours of battery, making the thirteen inch model the clear winner in terms of value once you add in its full HD 1080p display.
The Chromebook 2 should be on sale sometime next month, while the original Samsung Chromebook will be sticking around at a new, lower price point – so if you’re eager to get your hands on one of three cheap, powerful Chromebooks, soon you’ll have more options than ever.
Image Source: @evleaks
Roping off Chrome Apps
For the longest time, “Chrome applications” merely referred to shortcuts of web applications that really didn’t have a whole lot to do with Chrome. Built with the usual array of JS/HTML/CSS that websites have largely been built with since the inception of the web itself, Chrome applications were always “dumb” applications that could be used on Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, you name it. All of that changes today as Google has announced the new Chrome Apps initiative.
Don’t let the name fool you, these new Chrome Apps share nothing with the prior crop of Chrome apps except for the name. While these new Chrome Apps can be built with all of those common web technologies you’re used to, they are also able to take advantage of “native” Chrome code to increase performance and functionality.
And because these apps are built using code propriety to Chrome, these new crops of Chrome Apps will be incompatible with other leading web browsers. Gone will be the days of using TweetDeck on IE, Firefox, and Safari – a future version of TweetDeck could very well take advantage of Chrome’s native code, meaning that you’ll need to use Chrome to access the app or bust.
On the upside, these new applications will continue to be cross platform compatible, meaning you’ll have no problem running them on Windows, OS X, Linux, and yes – Chrome OS. Chrome OS is really the thing that gets the most benefit out of this, as developers will for the first time be able to develop things that are slightly more complex then the common web app for Google’s other platform.
Chrome Apps are available today on Windows and Chrome OS, while OS X users will have to wait a minimum of six weeks to see their update pushed through (though I’d keep an eye on the Canary/Developer streams for something resembling a sneak peak.) Chrome Apps will be able to run on separate processes than the main Chrome app, are not required to use Chrome’s window chrome, and can be pinned to the Taskbar/Start Screen/Dock just like normal native apps.
Are you excited for Google’s new breed of Chrome Apps? Ready for your web apps to get a whole lot smarter, or maybe just bummed at Google’s throwing aside of cross-browser compatibility? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: The Verge
A high resolution touchscreen Chromebook from Google
Well, it looks like the rumors were true – Google has just announced their recently leaked (and hotly debated) Chromebook Pixel, the first retail Chromebook to be designed and released by Google itself. The Chromebook Pixel features a full blown Intel Core i5 processor – a step up from the usual Atom or ARM offering in the current crop of Chromebooks, either 32GB or 64GB of storage, and will come in two models, a Wi-Fi only model and an LTE model.
Oh, and did we mention the display? Right, how could we forget. Featuring the world’s “highest resolution display” ever to grace a laptop, the Chromebook Pixel packs a resolution of 2560 x 1700 into a 12.85″ display, and combines that with a capacitive touchscreen just to put the cherry on top. Google is clearly gunning for the Surface Pro and Apple’s Retina MacBook Pros here. The laptop physically is a hair thicker than the MacBook Air, while obviously mimicking some visual elements from Apple’s successful MacBook Pro line of devices.
The Google Chromebook Pixel will begin shipping next week for $1,299 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model or $1,499 for the 64GB LTE model. A monthly contract is not required.
Via: The Verge
The Chromebook with the mosest
Chromebooks have been on somewhat of a roll lately, with Google pushing these things in way I don’t even see them pushing Android tablets, partnering with big names such as Acer, Samsung, and starting today, HP with their first Chromebook, the Pavilion 14.
As is implied by the name, the Pavilion 14 comes with a 14″ display (making it the largest Chromebook on the market today) with a weight of 4 lbs. Inside the overgrown Chromebook are respectable, albeit low-end specs as expected: a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron 847 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of flash storage, and a 1,366 x 768 display. All in all Chromebooks have never been powerhouses, but one would potentially expect a little bit more from a laptop of this size – though no other machines in this size can compete with the easy to swallow price of $330.
If all of this sounds good to you, you can pick up the HP Pavilion 14 starting today from HP’s website. Be forewarned however that many, including myself, still wouldn’t recommend a Chromebook as a replacement to a standard Windows or Mac PC – what your money is buying you is essentially a laptop that can run Chrome and its web applications, and that’s about it.
Another day, another low-end chromebook
Google and Acer today jointly announced a new $199 Chromebook, Google-speak for what we would have once called a netbook with low-end specs and running Google’s Chrome OS desktop operating system. The new Acer C7 Chromebook one-up’s the just announced Samsung Chromebook in raw processing power by offering a full blown Intel Core i3 processor instead of the Samsung Chromebook’s ARM processor. That means that, theoretically, you would be able to shove on any other desktop operating system, such as Linux or Windows 8.
With the cheap asking price does come with some compromises, of course – the Acer Chromebook comes with only 3.5 hours of battery life, way way below what we’ve come to expect as industry standard these days. Despite the similar size, I wouldn’t expect MacBook Air level performance here.
The new Acer Chromebook will be available on Google Play, Best Buy, Amazon UK, PC World, and Currys starting tomorrow.
Source: Google Blog
Google has today launched what may just be their answer to those looking for a computer with low-end tablet prices but in the notebook form factor – a $249 ARM Samsung developed Chromebook. Coming in at just 0.8″ thin and 2.43 lbs, the new Chromebook boots in “under 10 seconds” and runs off of Samsung’s new Exynos 5 Dual SoC with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and of course runs Google’s other operating system, Chrome OS.
The downside? As an ARM notebook, you’re basically out of luck when it comes to compatibility. What Google gives you is pretty much what you get – a $249 laptop capable of running only Chrome and its webapps. Another bummer is the battery life – despite the fact that most tablets, such as Google’s own Nexus 7, gets pretty much remarkable all-day battery life, this puppy only gets barely over 6 hours – less than the average MacBook. Bummer.
Availability has yet to be confirmed, but we’d suspect you’ll be able to get your hands on one pretty quickly.