Posts with tag chromebook

Ohhh, Convergence

Android VP now the head of Chrome development




chromebookGoogle has long been heralding two very distinct platforms – Android, the company’s mobile first operating system that helped pioneer the modern smartphone market, and Chrome, which began as a humble, WebKit based web browser that grew to become an entire operating system with a not small library of developer and end user support.

Google’s two platforms couldn’t be more different, but Google is making strides towards bringing their two babies closer together than ever. According to The Wall Street Journal, Google has put the VP of engineering for Android, Hiroshi Lockheimer, in charge of the engineering team over on the Chrome side. That means that the same individual will now be responsible for building both the mobile-centric Android and the desktop-class Chrome OS. While this isn’t exactly a confirmation that the two platforms will grow closer together in terms of design and functionality, it does suggest that such a thing wouldn’t be beyond the realm of possibility.

Source: The Wall Street Journal


Cool, cheap boxes

Lenovo makes their new N20 and N20p Chromebooks official




N20-Chrome_Standard_02Lenovo 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.

Source: TechnoBuffalo


Step up, step sideways

Samsung announces Chromebook 2, a new $320 Chromebook with faux leather trimming




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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.

Source: Engadget
Image Source: @evleaks


Why was this not a Day One feature?

Google adds Google+ Photo Editing support to ARM Chromebooks for the first time




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Got yourself an ARM based Chromebook such as the just released HP Chromebook 11, but worried that your newest toy can’t take advantage of all the goodies that their Intel-based brother in have access to? Never fear, Google’s got you – today the company just announced Google+ Photo Editing support to their ARM-based Chromebooks for the first time, tearing down a confusing limitation that threatened to single handedly destroy the worth of their ARM Chromebooks as they stood.

Ok, so maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but this is still some good news. The HP Chromebook 11 is a fairly impressive, well built, and most importantly notebook that’s running the ever improving Chrome OS platform. Just because it’s been stuck with an ARM-based and not Intel-based processor shouldn’t mean that it’s any lesser of a citizen, so I’m definitely thankful Google has decided to stop beating around the bush here.

Google+’s Photo Editing abilities are based on software from the all important Snapseed acquisition that occurred about a year ago now. At the time we figured Google would be making some sort of social based Instagram competitor – little did we know what Google had in mind. Chromebook owners, goenjoy your photo editing! You’ve earned it.

Via: TheNextWeb
Source: Google+


This is what other OEMs need to be doing

Acer to expand Chromebook & Android selection, shrink Windows selection




acerAcer hasn’t been pleased with their Q2 sales report. The fourth-largest PC manufacturer is so displeased with Windows 8 that the company announced that they will be shrinking their selection of Windows computers and expanding the alternative selection lineup – that is, they’ll be making more Android and Chromebook devices than they will Windows PCs, although they’re still interested in being a Microsoft partner. Chairman J.T. Wang expects that the new lineup will make 10-12% revenue by the end of the year, and then pushing that number up to 30% by 2014.

Source: Engadget


A high resolution touchscreen Chromebook from Google

Google announces the Chromebook Pixel for $1,299




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


Don't believe everything you hear

“Chromebook Pixel” video likely a hoax




Unfortunately all too often in the tech world, major media outlets (and even most smaller ones) have a tendency to post fantastical rumors, misrepresenting them as seemingly fact, barely bothering to mention the extreme likelihood that the rumors are, based on all probability, false. That was seemingly the case this week with the video of a potential “Chomebook Pixel” in-house Google Chromebook laptop, which featured a beautiful Mac-like construction and a high-DPI display.

Tech sites around the net ate it up – The Verge even went so far as to claim that there was significant evidence linking the video to Slinky, an agency that supposedly worked with Google in the past. Only if a little bit of journalism was applied as ComputerWorld points out, you could easily go to Slinky’s homepage and see that they have a habit of creating obviously fake ads in the style of Google and other big names.

After the tech industry had just gotten burnt regarding the “XBox ‘Durango'” specs last month – you recall, the ones that were put in the wild on an arbitrary independent blog by an anonymous source meant as a ruse from the start – you think we would all be a little more careful about what we report and how we report it

Via: ComputerWorld


The Chromebook with the mosest

HP releases their first Chromebook, the Pavilion 14




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.

Via: Engadget
Source: HP


Another day, another low-end chromebook

Google announces $199 Acer 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 launches $249 ARM Chromebook




Google’s new Chromebook.

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.

Source: Engadget