Can’t Find A Google Cloud Print Printer? Make Sure You’re Invited

Google Cloud Print on Android

Google Cloud Print is a handy feature that can be found in Android and Chrome OS that allows you to quickly and easily print to printers that are configured and enabled to leverage the cloud-based printing solution.  The vast majority of printers on the market today will work with Cloud Print but, if you haven’t invited users to use your printers at home or in your small office, they won’t see them as a printing option.

This seems to be the most common problem I find for users who are trying to get a printer configured to work with their Chromebook or phone.

This tutorial is aimed at those who have Android, Chrome OS and a compatible Google Cloud Print printer at their home or small office.  Most enterprise Android & Chrome OS users will not have to worry about this as printers are managed through your G Suite administrator.

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A First Look at The Google Pixelbook

Google Pixelbook

Behold Chrome OS fans:  The new Google Pixelbook.  The rumors have been floating for months now that Google would be releasing an updated version of their Chromebook Pixel lineup and it looks like it is going to happen at the October 4th event.  Droidlife, kings of the leaks today, has gathered a lot of information on this new Chromebook and if nothing else, it looks pretty sweet.

The Google Pixelbook will come in three variants:  128GB, 256 or 512GB of storage and will start at $1199 for the 128GB model.  The 256GB model will be $1399 and the 512GB model will be an eye-watering $1749.  For a Chromebook.  Yep, it is going to be spendy.  The Pixelbook will be a 2-in-1 design with a touchscreen and, of course, will support Android apps out of the box.  As for the processor configuration, that’s not known yet but you can bet it will be an Intel based chipset.

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Yet Another Minor Chrome OS Update Rolling Out Today

Google Pixel Chromebook 2013

For the second time in four days, the Chromium team within Google has released a minor update to Chrome OS.  The updated version is build 60.0.3112.114 (Platform version: 9592.96.0).  That’s the same build number as the release on September 15th but the Platform version has incremented.  Like the release last week, it is for all devices except the Acer Chromebook 15 (CB3-532) and the Samsung Chromebook 3.

The update is more-or-less a copy of the release last week when it comes to what is addressed.  There are no new features but rather a collection of small security fixes, performance improvements and other bug fixes.  What exactly was addressed or fixed has not been released.

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Minor Chrome OS Update Brings Security Fixes to Most Devices

Chromebook Pixel

This morning, the Chrome team within Google has begun pushing out a minor update to Chrome OS for the majority of devices.  The new update is build 60.0.3112.114 (Platform version: 9592.94.0) for those keeping score at home.  It is coming to all devices except the Acer Chromebook 15 (CB3-532) and the Samsung Chromebook 3.

The update is predominantly made up of security fixes and bug fixes in the platform with a handful of feature enhancements too.  The release notes on this update were vague as to what was addressed or fixed, but that is common for Chrome OS releases that are small in nature and midstream from the main releases every 6 weeks or so.

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Acer Chromebook 15 Gets Revamped in a Serious Way

Acer Chromebook 15 2017

Acer has announced today that a new Acer Chromebook 15 is coming in October.  The newest addition to their Chromebook lineup will come in two variants, a non-touchscreen and touchscreen, will have up to 12 hours of battery life, a Full HD display and now sports an all aluminum chassis.  It is a big step up from the current generation of Acer 15″ Chromebook.

The new Chromebook 15 will have 1920 x 1080 resolution 15.6″ IPS display and has MacBook Pro style upward facing speakers next to the keyboard.  It has USB-C connectivity for charging, a SD card slot that supports up to a 128GB card.

 

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Open Box Deal – Asus Chromebook Flip for under $400

Asus Chromebook Flip

If you are looking for a great deal on a powerful Chromebook and are willing to take an open box, Amazon is your place.  Right now they have an Asus Chromebook Flip 302 for $398.65 in the Amazon Warehouse.  That is nearly a $100 savings off the full price on Amazon.  The Chromebook will come repackaged by Amazon and still has the return option as they do on all their purchases.  But for sub-$400, you are getting a stellar Chromebook that supports Android apps.

The Asus Chromebook Flip has a 12.5″ display that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080.  It has an Intel Core M processor clocked at 2.2 GHz so it has a lot of horsepower under the hood.  Couple this with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 64GB of storage, you have a Chromebook that can handle being your every day computer needs.

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More Chromebooks Seeing New & Improved Android App Support

Acer Chromebook 14 in Gold Aluminum

Android apps on Chromebooks continues its slow march but has started entering into a second phase of sorts.  While support in general continues to new Chrome OS devices, those that already have the support are starting to see an update to Android Nougat 7.1.1.

If you recall, when Android apps started rolling out to Chrome OS, it was based on Android Marshmallow.  It worked well but you didn’t have the benefits like split-screen natively as you do in Nougat.  Now devices which have had the ability to run Android apps are starting to see an update to Nougat.

In the Stable channel, there are three Chromebooks that are supporting Android Apps, based on Android Nougat 7.1.1:

  • Lenovo Chromebook Flex 11
  • Samsung Chromebook Pro
  • Acer Chromebook R 13

Keen followers of Chrome OS will know that these devices have had the ability to run Android apps for a while, in the case of the Samsung Chromebook Pro, since its release.  This update to their stable builds of Chrome OS will bring the Nougat update.

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