Category: Chromebook

PUBG Mobile Now Supported on Chromebooks – Kinda

If you are a PUBG Mobile player and have a high end Chromebook, today is a good day.  The latest update to the mobile version of PUBG for Android can now run on a Chromebook but there are a few catches that you need to be aware of before getting overly excited.  The cool thing is that it is there.

First, make no mistake:  You need a high end Chromebook for this to work.  The game defaults into low graphics mode even on my i5 Intel Pixelbook and while it looks great, it still isn’t a sweet looking as it is on my Pixel XL phone.  ARM-based Chromebooks are going to struggle mightily with the game.  If you load it up on an ARM model, be prepared for a fair amount of lag.

Save on a Wide Range of SanDisk Storage Options at Amazon – Today Only

Amazon has put another great one day sale together on a wide range of SanDisk storage products.  The sale is today only and you can find all of the products that are sale here at Amazon.  The sale covers everything from MicroSD cards for Android phones and other devices to high capacity USB drives for your Chromebook, MacBook or Windows 10 PC.

Some of the deals on SanDisk storage today on Amazon include a MicroSD 64GB card for $15.99 and there is also the whopping 256GB USB-C Flash Drive that is down to $51.99, a savings of over $25.  That drive will work with modern laptops like the MacBook Pro and Chromebooks while there are still some great deals on USB-A drives too.

HP Chromebook X2 Now Available for Pre-Order at Best Buy

After being announced back in April, the HP Chromebook X2 is now available for pre-order from Best Buy.  The detachable Chromebook comes with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and is available for $599.  The Chromebook X2 sports a 2400 x 1600 12.3″ display, all of which is powered by the Intel Core m3 Kaby Lake processor.

Other key features of the HP Chromebook X2 includes stereo speakers, a 13MP rear camera, 2 USB-C ports, a MicroSD card reader and a battery rated at 10.5 hours.  At Best Buy, the X2 comes in HP Matte Finish In Ceramic White And Oxford Blue.

Samsung Quietly Updates the Samsung Chromebook Pro with a Backlit Keyboard

If there has been one almost universal complaint about the Samsung Chromebook Pro, it has been the lack of a backlit keyboard.  Many felt, me included, that for the price point of $599, it should have had this simple feature.  It would see that Samsung has listened.  Over the weekend, the product page for the Chromebook Pro on the Samsung site was updated and it highlights that it now comes with a backlit keyboard.

The price of this slightly updated Pro is $599, the same price as the original when its as released last year.  Based on the specifications listed on the product page, it appears to be exactly the same device as the first generation Chromebook Pro, just with the keyboard backlighting added.

HP Chromebook X2 is Mid-Range Detachable Chrome OS Tablet

2018 is shaping up to be a great year for Chrome OS devices, especially tablets.  HP has jumped into the fray with their latest detachable design, the HP Chromebook X2.  The 12.3″ Chromebook starts at $599 and comes with the detaching keyboard and stylus.

Powered by the Intel Core m3 Kaby Lake processor, the Chromebook X2 comes with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.  It has 2400 x 1600 resolution, stereo speakers, a 13MP rear camera, two USB-C ports, a MicroSD slot and has about 10.5 hours of battery life according to HP.

Android Support Lands for Six Chromebooks After The Latest Chrome OS Update

After the latest Chrome 64-based build of Chrome OS rolled out last week to the majority of Chromebooks, several of them picked up Android app support in the Stable Channel.  This means that owners of these Chromebooks no longer have to live in the Beta or Dev channels to have Android apps run, providing a more stable and robust experience.

Here are the Chromebooks that added Android support in the Stable Channel:

  • Acer Chromebook 15 (CB5-571 / C910)
  • CTL J5 Convertible Chromebook
  • eduGear CMT Chromebook
  • Haier Chromebook 11 C
  • PCMerge Chromebook PCM-116T-432B
  • Prowise Chromebook Proline
  • Viglen Chromebook 360

In the case of all of these Chromebooks, Android app support worked on them in the Beta channel previously.

Friday Poll – Do You Use Android Apps on Your Chromebook?

Today’s poll is for those of you who use a Chromebook.  The question is simple:  Do you use Android apps on your Chromebook?

While the majority of Chrome OS devices can now run Android apps, an informal survey of close friends found that they rarely use Android apps on their Chromebooks.  I, on the other hand, use as many Android apps as possible.  So I’m curious what you readers are doing.

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For those of you who answered yes, after the break I have a second question for you:  How many apps do you use?

Reminder – Google Pixelbook Discount Ends Tomorrow

A friendly reminder to readers who may still be thinking about picking up a Google Pixelbook.  The $100 discount on all models at Amazon and the Google Store will be ending tomorrow.

At Amazon, you can pick up the entry level Google Pixelbook for $899, a savings of $100 off the regular price.  In fact, you can pick up the Pixelbook and the Pixelbook Pen together for $997, which is less than the normal price of the Chromebook itself.

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