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Best Chromebooks for school: ASUS, Acer, Samsung, and more

Back to school is just around the corner. If you're looking for a new school laptop for yourself or your child, you should consider a Chromebook. Chrome OS is an incredibly fast operating system with excellent security and parental controls in place. On the hardware side, Chromebooks are incredibly cost effective. Indeed, many Chromebook models...

Google’s “About this Result” panel will show you why you got those search results

Google's search results sometimes work in mysterious ways. Sometimes, you'll get exactly what you're looking for by using a vague search term. Other times, what you're looking for might not show up even by using the most specific search terms you can come up with. No one outside of Google knows exactly how the search...

Android 12’s new recents URL sharing feature makes it easy to copy links

Google recently rolled out Android 12 beta 3 with a host of changes and improvements over the previous beta release. While Google mentioned all the significant user-facing changes included in the third beta release in its blog post, the company didn't mention one rather useful feature in its announcement -- recents URL sharing. In this...

XDA Basics: How to turn on caps lock on your new Chromebook

Using Caps Lock on your laptop is a pretty big deal in 2021. If you enjoy yelling at people online, it's pretty much essential. If you recently moved to a Chromebook from another operating system, you may have noticed the missing Caps Lock key. This is undoubtedly one of the glaring differences when comparing your...

You can now block spammers that share files with you on Google Drive

Have you been getting spammed with Google Drive notifications time and time again, telling you that someone shared a file with you? I know I certainly have, and several others on the XDA Portal Team have, too. It can get really annoying, but we know that Google is aware of the issue because in May,...

Android Auto’s beta program gives you early access to new features

Companies as large as Google have to do a lot of testing before pushing changes to production, although sometimes things can still go very, very wrong. One way that Google and other companies test new features is by running a public beta tester program. Through these programs, companies enlist the help of ordinary users like...

Best Chrome OS tablets: Lenovo, ASUS, Samsung, HP, and more

Chrome OS is an incredibly versatile operating system. It runs great on traditional Chromebooks and Chromeboxes of course, but it's also a great fit for tablets and convertibles. If you're looking to maximize portability with your Chrome experience, you might also consider a tablet with a detachable keyboard. There are numerous options from all the...

These smartwatches can get Google’s Wear OS 3 update

Google and Samsung have been working on a new wearable platform, aimed at replacing Google's current Wear OS software and Samsung's wearable Tizen OS. The updated platform could finally give the Apple Watch a run for its money, especially with apps like YouTube Music and Spotify promising to support it, but it wasn't clear which...

Google Lens comes to desktop Chrome as an image search tool

Google Lens, Google’s AI-powered image recognition service, was rolled out to Andriod phones back in 2017 as a spiritual successor to Google Goggles. However, until this year, it remained exclusively available on mobile phones. Earlier in April, we saw Google expanding the service to Google Photos on desktop. However, it wasn’t much useful as it...

Google Maps is expanding its mass transit crowdedness predictions

Google Maps introduced mass transit crowdedness predictions back in June 2019. The feature provided commuters with valuable information about how crowded a bus, train, or tube would be before they got on it, helping them plan their daily commute accordingly. At first, the feature was available in 200 cities worldwide, but Google is now expanding...

How to run Steam games on your Chromebook in 2021

Steam is one of the most popular gaming platforms on the Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. If you recently purchased a new Chromebook, you might feel a bit excluded from the gaming party, but it turns out there are actually several methods to run Steam on Chrome OS. Some of these options can be...

Google TV now lets you hide items from the “Continue Watching” section

While on the one hand, Google is rolling out features from the new Google TV interface to the older Android TV, on the other, the company is bringing one useful feature over from Android TV to Google TV. The feature in question will let you clear items from the "Continue Watching" carousel, something that Android...