New Chromebooks

Chromebook Android Apps. Problems reported in Alpha feature tests.

WP_20160801_13_53_39_ProThere are three Chromebooks on the market that are currently able to run Android apps. More are coming soon as this barrier-breaking feature hasn’t yet rolled out as a full version to all Chromebooks but if you’ve got a Chromebook Pixel, Asus Chromebook Flip or Acer Chromebook R11 / C738T you can switch to the ‘developer channel’ and get an early test.

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Issues to watch out for – Google Play on Chromebooks

Lenovo N20p easel mode

Lenovo N20p touch-enabled 4 GB and storage-upgradable Chromebook in easel mode.

Google Play is coming to ChromeOS later this year and when it does Chromebooks will become truly offline capable, will leapfrog Windows laptops in some app categories and will have an app engine that could drive development of new types of ChromeOS products.

I hope that by now you’ve heard the very exciting news that the Google Play Store, originally for Android smartphones and tablets, is coming to Chrome OS. The new, effectively virtualized, Android Marshmall OS is likely to drive development of more widescreen / largescreen apps, boost development of advanced ChromeOS products and allow Chrome OS to be one of the first desktop operating systems that has  wider support for the quickly growing segments of IoT, wearables, ‘flyables’, home automation, local transport, health and data analytics, areas that Windows 10 desktop and mobile are struggling with.

There will be limitations of course, and that’s what I want to walk through now.

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Acer Chromebook R11 Hands-On

Acer Chromebook R11

Acer Chromebook R11 (CB5 132T)

Acer launched a new Chromebook at IFA today. The Chromebook R11 is a lightweight 11.6-inch convertible with a good keyboard and large touchpad. The 1366 x 768 screen is entry-level but the Braswell processor should offer quite a bit more than the ASUS Chromebook Flip that it will compete with. Hands-on video below.

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HP Chromebook 11 G4. Incomplete, official datasheet appears.

Someone has spotted a new datasheet on the HP website that details a Chromebook 11 G4. The current version is the G3 model and it’s been popular. What’s new in the G4?

In terms of design it’s exactly the same as the G3 model. The screen is still 1366×768 and it’s still got an N2840 Celeron inside. Wait, a Baytrail-M CPU?  Braswell-generation is already available and HP are still using the previous one?

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Acer C738T Chromebook convertible leaked.

 

Acer Chromebook C738T

Acer Chromebook C738T (Via Winfuture.de)

This is very interesting news if you’re interested in a touch-enabled convertible Chromebook. The Acer C738T has been leaked. It indicates a another step towards a Chrome OS tablet. This is an entry-level 11.6 inch offering but a 4G option makes this particularly interesting for those that want to go mobile with their Chromebooks.

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Chromebook Database update May 2015

Asus Chromebook Flip 1We worked hard this month to top-up the database with all the new Chromebooks and a few we missed in previous months. The Chromebook Database (and Chromebook Selector) now has at least one version of every Chromebook model available. Here’s a summary of the Chromebooks we added in May.

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Chromebooks pushing into India. Will the education sector respond?

Xolo Chromebook

Xolo Chromebook

Why would you write an app about Cricket? Because there are more cricket fans in India than there are people in the USA. India is huge – 1.2 billion people live there. It’s developing too so when it comes to technology it’s an opportunity, especially for low-cost technology. Google recently introduced new Chromebooks and Chrome OS services at an event in India and it’s going to be very interesting to see how this market develops over 2015. Will the people, and government, take it on?

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Acer introduces price-breaking 15-inch Chromebook

Acer Chromebook 15 CB3-531

A 15-inch laptop for $199. The Acer Chromebook 15 (CB3-531) was announced yesterday and we’ve already put it into our database. It’s a basic specification (we expect that it’s re-using a mainboard from another Acer Chromebook) but the price is very, very interesting.

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