Posts From Kieran Miyamoto

Chromebooks with Linux app support will soon be able to install Debian packages

Recent code updates indicate forthcoming support for no-fuss Debian .deb package installation on Chrome OS devices that support Linux apps. The forthcoming feature will bring a new flow for installing Linux applications through .deb packages. A string of commits shows that support isn't simply being turned on, but that all the finicky elements like interacting...

Google Chromebook Pixel (2015) and many older Chromebooks may not get Android P

Google may not roll out Android P to the Google Chromebook Pixel (2015) and many Chromebooks running kernel 3.14 and older, according to comments on a Chromium Code review. Based on Chromium code reviews over the past several months, testing of Android P on Chrome OS is well underway, and the necessary features and functionality needed...

18 Chromebooks from Acer, Asus, Lenovo, & Dell receive Linux app support

Eighteen Chromebooks based on Intel Apollo Lake architecture, which includes many from brands such as Acer, Asus, Lenovo, and Dell, get Linux app support in one fell swoop. In a change that landed Wednesday morning, the developers switched on Linux app support for all Apollo Lake Chromebooks under the baseboards Reef and Coral. See below for a...

Upgraded Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 with LTE and more powerful CPU coming

A recent change in Coreboot repository suggests that Samsung is joining the race to release an always-connected Chromebook. The commit shows the introduction of a new SKU of Nautilus (the codename for the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2). This variant has configuration changes that specifically mention LTE support. To add a bit of context - LTE-enabled Chromebooks petered...

Stable Linux app support expected to roll out in Chrome OS version 69

The ability to run Linux apps on Chromebooks is going to be available on the Stable and Beta channels with Chrome OS version 69, but this doesn't spell the end of development for Project Crostini. A recent commit confirms the timetable update for both Beta and Stable channels. The release has been pushed back from version...

The Asus Chromebook Flip C101 is the next Chromebook to get Linux app support

Mere hours after we provided a definitive list of Chromebooks with and without Linux app support, a commit landed on the Chromium Gerrit confirming that Linux app support will arrive on the Asus Chromebook Flip C101. The Asus Chromebook Flip C101 is an all-aluminium 10.1-inch 2-in-1 with the same processor (OP1/Rockchip RK339) as the Samsung Chromebook Plus....

Here’s a list of Chromebooks with Linux app support

Linux apps on Chrome OS made their debut on the Google Pixelbook at Google I/O this year. Since then, support has come quietly to more Chromebooks, new and old. Here's a list of all the Chromebooks that support the functionality. Linux apps on Chrome OS This is a new feature that allows users to start up Linux...

Google Pixelbook may receive Windows 10 certification from Microsoft

Evidence is mounting that the Google Pixelbook could natively support booting into Windows 10 hack free, perhaps even with the blessing of Microsoft. The Chrome OS developers have a natural aversion to mentioning Microsoft or Windows by name, but commits and code-reviews all-but-confirm that Windows is the AltOS we reported they were working on earlier this...

New octa-core MediaTek chip surfaces for Chrome OS devices

The MediaTek MT8183 first made an appearance last month on submissions to the Linux Kernel. Since then, the chip has surfaced on the Chromium Gerrit, indicating it's destined for Chrome OS devices. The unannounced MT8183 chip has four high-performance Cortex A72 and four power-efficient Cortex A53 cores. Aside from publicly available code-reviews, there are no other...

Acer Chromebook 13 and Chromebook Spin 13 to support Linux apps out of the box

Along with a host of other high-end devices from other brands, the Acer Chromebook 13 and Chromebook Spin 13 will support Linux apps at launch, according to a recent Chromium commit. Google has been working with a number of device makers on a new range of high-end Chromebooks with enterprise features. Nami is the umbrella...

eSIM and Project Fi support coming to Chromebooks

Always-connected Chromebooks are back in business. A recent code-review on the Chromium Gerrit indicates that Project Fi and eSIM chips will be a feature for future Chrome OS devices. It's early days still. There aren't any current or announced products with eSIMS built-in, so this technology will likely have to wait for a new generation of Chrome...

Intel’s elusive Ice Lake architecture shows up on a new Chrome OS platform

Intel's latest generation micro-architecture, Cannon Lake, has barely even released and yet its successor, Ice Lake, has appeared on the Chromium Gerrit on a new Chrome OS platform codenamed "Dragonegg." Ice Lake will be a 10nm+ refinement on current Cannon Lake's 10nm process and will ostensibly bring the usual efficiency and power improvements over the...
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