Tag Archives: Chrome OS

Today’s Deal – Acer Chromebook 14 Down to $270

By | March 22, 2017

Today over at Amazon you can pick up a great deal on the Acer Chromebook 14.  Right now this all aluminum chassis Chromebook is available with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage for $270.  That price is good on either the aluminum or the gold aluminum finish and is eligible for Prime shipping for members. This Acer… Read More »

Today’s Deal – Samsung Chromebook Plus Down to $420 at Amazon

By | March 20, 2017

Another deal today is on the all new Samsung Chromebook Plus.  The 12.3″ convertible normally sells for $450 but is down to $420 right now on Amazon.  That will get you one of the latest Chromebooks available and it will run Android apps natively right out of the box. The Chromebook Plus has a 12.3″ display rendering at… Read More »

Android Nougat Coming to Chrome OS 58 or 59

By | March 10, 2017

While the ability to run Android apps on Chrome OS continues to roll out, the question for many is when or if it will be updated.  The answer is yes and pretty soon.  This week while attending Google Cloud Next in San Francisco, I posed the question to Chrome OS product management in a breakout session and it… Read More »

Google Extends Auto-Update Policy on Chromebooks to Over 6 Years

By | March 6, 2017

Good news for those of you who have older Chromebooks.  Google has updated their auto-update policy and have added a full 18 months of support for devices.  The change comes as part of a general overhaul of what use to be called the End of Life policy on Chrome OS.  Along with the name change, and given the… Read More »

Chrome OS Continues to Make Gains in US Education Sector

By | March 2, 2017

Futuresource Consulting has released their annual report on mobile PCs in the education sector, noted as K-12 here in the United States.  Overall, shipments grew 18% in 2016 over the previous year with Chrome OS taking 58% of the market share in the sector.  That marks an 8% increase from 2015 and further establishes its stronghold in the… Read More »

Google Pixel Chromebook is Dead? Not So Fast Says Google

By | March 2, 2017

Yesterday, from a wide range of sources, it was reported that Google has no plans of ever making a Pixel Chromebook follow up.  This lead to a lot of consternation as the Pixel lineup, while having a hefty price tag, were the premium Chrome OS experience. Well, not so fast.  Google’s Rick Osterloh took to Twitter today and… Read More »

Update – How To Enable Material Design Extension Page in Chrome OS

By | February 13, 2017

Material Design elements are making their way into Chrome OS at a snail’s pace. But, when you find something that can be setup in this new, sleek look, it’s kinda fun.  The latest, at least as far as I can tell, is in Chrome 56 which allows you to enable the look on your Extension page. I’ll preface… Read More »

What is Smart Lock and How To Enable It on Your Chromebook

By | February 10, 2017

One of the great features of Chrome OS is one that few people actually use.  It’s called Smart Lock and while technically still a beta feature in the Stable channel of Chrome, it is a quick and easy way to unlock your Chromebook using your Android phone.  No longer do you have to type in your password on… Read More »

Chrome OS Update Released – Still No Android App Support

By | February 8, 2017

The good news is, a new build of Chrome OS has been released and is making its way to a wide range of Chromebooks.  The not-so-good news, it doesn’t enable Android apps in the Stable channel yet. Sigh. Here is the deal:  Chrome OS build 56.0.2924.87 (Platform version: 9000.82.0) is rolling out to all devices except those devices which… Read More »

Opinion – Chrome OS Could Kill The Android Tablet in 2017

By | February 3, 2017

As 2017 gets started, one thing has become abundantly clear to me:  The days of the Android tablet form factor are numbered.  Its not that the Android experience on tablets will kill them – which is pretty poor to be fair – but rather the flood of Chromebooks and other Chrome OS devices that are set to hit… Read More »

Adobe Creative Cloud Apps Now Optimized for Chromebooks

By | January 24, 2017

Earlier today, Google announced some key initiatives around Chromebooks and education at BETT, an event in London focused on technology in education.  The announcement included announcements around new stylus enabled Chromebooks and, of course, the coming of Android apps to the platform.  Adobe was highlighted in the release as being a company who had optimized their Creative Cloud… Read More »

Review – Acer Chromebook 14 CB3 – An All Around Fantastic Chromebook

By | January 23, 2017

If there is one mid-range Chromebook that exemplifies how far the platform has come, it could well be the Acer Chromebook 14.  This comfortably priced $286 Chromebook has all of the features you expect from a device running Chrome OS but it has something that so many others lack:  Style and panache.  The all aluminum chassis is beautiful,… Read More »