Posts From Kieran Miyamoto

Google codename “Kidd” is a high-performance Kaby Lake G Chromebook

Kaby Lake G is the codename for Intel's new series of high-performance processors with integrated AMD Radeon graphics. They made their debut at CES earlier this year. A new board is in development on the Chromium Git with Intel and AMD's taboo love affair. The board, codename "Kidd," is a Chromebook (rather than a tablet or Chromebox)....

On-device machine learning coming to Chrome OS

Machine Learning is one of those hotwords that keeps gaining traction inside Google. It has seeped into every branch of its business from the Google Assistant to Gmail. New code indicates that Google is now working to support machine learning on Chrome OS. The implementation looks similar in concept to TensorFlow Lite for Android, where clients...

Linux app support coming to older Chrome OS devices

Linux apps on Chrome OS is one of the biggest developments for the OS since Android apps. Previous reports stated Chromebooks with certain kernel versions would be left in the dust, but the Chrome OS developers have older devices on the roadmap, too. When Google first broke silence on Linux app functionality, it was understood that...

HDMI CEC-enabled Chromebox hints at smart TV features for Chrome OS

HDMI CEC allows basic commands and communication over HDMI (Wikipedia) so devices can integrate with TVs a little better. It's the technology that allows a DVD player remote to turn off the TV by sending commands from each device over the connected HDMI cable, so you don't have to juggle remotes. For the past couple...

Two new Sony camera sensors show up for Chrome devices

The IMX355 and IMX319 Sony camera sensors have shown up on Chromium code-review, hinting that we could see Chrome OS devices with competitive and capable cameras come to market. The Sony Exmor IMX devices are mid-range sensors. The IMX 319 F1.9 aperture has appeared in the selfie camera of the Asus Zenfone 4 Pro. The IMX...

Better Bluetooth support and Android App Shortcuts coming to Chrome OS

Chrome OS's Android apps are getting app shortcuts within the right-click context menus, a sign of better integration as more touch-oriented devices arrive. The OS will also be treated to a much needed refresh of Bluetooth functionality. App shortcuts App shortcuts enable you to jump to specific actions or functions within an app from launch. Shortcuts aren't currently...

Here are five high-end Chromebooks in development to challenge the Pixelbook

Evidence is mounting that a new generation of Chromebooks will utilise high-end features not commonly seen in Chromebooks such as powerful CPUs, 16GB RAM, backlit keyboards, and high-resolution displays. High-end Chromebooks are few and far between, with the Google Pixelbook being the lone device that is head-and-shoulders above the rest. Five high-performance Kaby Lake Chromebooks are...

Google Pixelbook may support booting Microsoft Windows

A recent commit indicates that the Google Pixelbook could receive support for booting and installing Windows from USB, a functionality previously unavailable due to poor firmware support on Kaby Lake and Skylake devices. This update is related to previous reports of Alt OS functionality,  the addition of an Alt OS [Alternative OS] picker screen that we previously suspected could be...

One month to go until GDPR: What you need to know

General Data Protection Regulation [GDPR] is the largest shake-up in consumer data protection law in recent history. If you're a developer, web admin, business owner, or user who operates/resides in the EU, GDPR will affect your digital life in one way or another. Even if you’re based in the U.S. or elsewhere, you’ll feel its...

Linux apps on Chrome OS – an overview of its biggest feature since Android apps

Here's all you need to know about Google's year-long secretive development of Linux app functionality in Chrome OS, also known as Project Crostini. In a nutshell, it's a way to run regular Linux applications on Chrome OS without compromising security or enabling developer mode. The (not yet available) official setting states that it's to "Run Linux tools,...

Native Linux apps in Chrome OS will have a slick, electric Material Design theme

The Chrome OS developers have been working out the stylistic elements of what you'll see once you open your first native Linux apps in Chrome OS, and they’ve opted for Adapta, a popular Material Design-inspired Gtk theme that can be used on many of your favorite GNU/Linux distributions. For those of you not keeping track, the...

Codename “Kahlee” is a Raven Ridge powered Chromebook

A recent code review in the Chromium Gerrit all-but confirms that a Chromebook codenamed Kahlee is powered by AMD's latest generation mobile APU. The code review, titled "drop experimental flag for raven," mentions Kahlee as the test machine, making this damning evidence that the Chromebook will be powered by a Raven Ridge APU. Chrome devices have...