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Chrome OS is getting Android-like Screenshot Functionality

Chrome OS started out as an operating system for low-end hardware to have access to basic web browsing and office suite functionality. It has since evolved dramatically, with Chrome OS convertibles essentially taking over where the dying Android tablet ecosystem left off. But even with the ability to run Android applications natively on Chrome OS, the...

Google Updates Chrome OS to v61, Adds a New App Launcher and More

We're off the heels of Google's bit 2017 hardware launch event where the company just launched a new Chrome OS device. The Pixelbook is a new 2-in-1 laptop for Google's Chrome OS platform so the company is working to polish the software experience as much as possible before it gets in the hands of new...

Google is Working on a Chrome OS Emulator for Future Android SDK Release

Android application support on Chromebooks was fairly rudimentary when it was first unveiled, but the company has been working to make the integration better as evidenced by recent Chrome OS commits. The end goal is to flawlessly support Android apps on most Chrome OS devices, though only a handful of Chromebooks are able to use...

Chrome OS Lock Screen Note Taking Coming Soon, First with Google Keep

According to a recent commit in the Chrome OS repository, lock screen note taking applications will soon be enabled by default on Chrome OS devices with stylus support. What's more, it seems note taking apps such as Google Keep will be leading the charge. Looking at the actual code changes, Google Keep is specifically mentioned in several...

Google is Preparing for Tighter Android/Chrome OS VPN Integration

Google has gone down a number of paths in their goal to get Android applications working on Chrome OS. We first learned about ARC Welder and its Chrome extension that allowed Android applications to simply run on any device that Chrome was installed on. This ran into some complications though, so they backed out and...

Google Discusses How to Optimize an Android App for Chromebooks

Similarly to how Google experimented with augmented reality using Tango and ARCore, the company has gone through multiple phases of getting Android applications working on Chrome OS devices. At first it was going to just to require Chrome with a platform they were calling ARC using the ARC Welder extension. But the company decided to...

Chrome OS Gets its Own Product Type for Chromecast

Chromecast started out as a side project for Google that quickly turned into the best selling hardware device the company sells. Over 3.8 million were sold in the first 12 months it was launched and last year at Google I/O we learned that the company had sold over 25 million units since its inception (and...

Google is Making Pen Input Behave Like Touch in Chrome OS

Tablets and even laptops specifically aren't selling as much as they used to. Sure, there are a number of people still using them every day, but sales numbers have stagnated and even declined over the last few years. We are seeing growth in a new segment though, the 2-in-1 devices, where a laptop has the...

Commits show Google Assistant is on its way to Chrome OS

Earlier this week there was a commit discovered in the Chromium Gerrit page (by ChromeUnboxed) that said the OK Google hotword was being deprecated from Chrome OS. Some have speculated that it just isn't that popular on a Chromebook so Google has decided to work on removing it. This could be because the feature was buried in...

Google Is Working On A Chromebook Emulator to Test Android Apps on Large Screens

Google is working on an emulator that will allow developers to test their applications on large screens without an actual Chrome OS device. This plan was announced during Google I/O 2017. Chromebooks are not as popular as Google would like them to be outside of education. Most developers focus on app development for phones and tablets...

Microsoft Announces Windows 10 S to Take on Chrome OS

Chrome OS is slowly but steadily gaining popularity as the OS of choice for users on a limited budget. By offloading most data storage to the cloud, Chrome OS machines can afford to pack low storage discs to keep costs low. In addition, the light-weight nature of Chrome OS, built on the Linux kernel, allows...

Google is Optimizing Chrome OS for use on Tablets

Google announced a couple of education-focused Chromebooks this week with one being called the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 and the other being the ASUS Chromebook Flip C213. Both of these Chromebooks are 2-in-1 convertible style devices so they can both be used in notebook or tablet form. They were actually created with modular components in mind so...
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