Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 Launched With Updated Specs

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One of the more popular Chromebooks of 2017 was the Samsung Chromebook Plus.  Now as we get an improved version of it for 2018, the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2.  Sporting a slight redesign, the big news on this update is the internals have been improved for better performance.

Internally, the Chromebook Plus V2 is powered by the Intel Celeron 3965Y clocked at 1.5GHz.  It is coupled with the Intel HD Graphics 615 but still has 4GB of RAM and 32GB of Storage.  While still very much entry level processors and graphics, it is a jump up from the previous version which was ARM based.  This should improve overall performance in Chrome OS but also should improve Android app performance.

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Project Hermes – eSIM Support for Chrome OS

The Google Pixelbook

A new commit found in the Chromium Gerrit suggest that eSIM support for Chrome OS is in the pipeline.  The commit is codenamed Project Hermes and while very little detail is in the commit about what exactly this would look like, it explicitly calls out eSIM support for the platform, allowing for cellular network support natively in devices.

Hermes is the codename for the project of implementing eSIM support for Chrome OS. Hermes will be responsible for delivering messages between devices with eSIM chips and carrier servers through profile downloads as well as service discovery for new carriers.

This could allow for an “always on” Chromebook that, in theory, could put it head-to-head against Microsoft with their always on Windows 10 laptops.

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Google Pixelbook Sale Extended to Amazon

Google Pixelbook Glass Detail

Over the weekend I posted about the special pricing running on the Google Pixelbook.  Now that special pricing has been extended on Amazon.  The online retailer now has the Pixelbook at the same $749 price you will find at the Google Store, B&H and other retailers.

The discounted price also applies to the Pixelbook with the Pixelbook Pen bundle too.  Right now that bundle is down to $831, which is $68 less than the best price on the Pixelbook only prior to this mark down from Google.

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Dear Pixelbook Pen, I Owe You an Apology

Google Pixelbook Pen

Back in February, I reviewed the Google Pixelbook and the Pixelbook Pen. My love of the Pixelbook that I expressed in that review remains the same today. It is the single best Chromebook I’ve ever used and probably one of the top three laptops I’ve ever used in general. But if you read that review, you know I was less than impressed with the Pixelbook Pen.

My general issues with the Pixelbook Pen came down to two key areas.  First, I did not like the AAAA battery that runs the Pen.  I thought at the time, and still do, that it creates unneeded battery waste.  Second was the price point.  At $99, I still think it is too expensive.  So if I still stand by my two primary issues with the Pen, why do I owe it an apology?  Simply put, I started using daily.  And I love it.

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Google Pixelbook Down to $749 at The Google Store

The Google Pixelbook

If you have been waiting to pick up the Google Pixelbook for yourself, now is the time for action.  Right now at the Google Store, you can pick up the entry level Pixelbook powered by the Intel i5 processor for $749.  That is a savings of $150 and represents the lowest price ever for the premium Chromebook.  As you may recall, this entry level model comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

The discount only applies to the entry level Pixelbook and not the i5 with 256GB of storage or the i7 powered version at the Google Store.  To be fair though, having used that entry level model for almost all of 2018, it is more than powerful enough to do anything you would want or need from it.  If you haven’t read my review, you can read it here.

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How To Check The Storage of Any Drive in Chrome OS

Available Storage on Google Drive from Chrome OS

As most readers will know, Chromebooks generally come with a small amount of built-in storage.  The assumption, of course, is that you will be leveraging Google Drive for the bulk of your storage needs as well as USB drives that you attached to your Chromebook.  Chrome OS makes these solutions easy to access all from within the Files app.

But how much storage do you have left in your Google Drive account or on that USB drive you’ve plugged in?  Fortunately it is very easy to find out this information right from within the Files app in Chrome OS.  In this How To, I’ll show you how to quickly see the storage available on any drive on your Chromebook.

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How To Change A Default App in Chrome OS

Changing The Default App in Chrome OS

As a general rule, for most Chromebook users, the default apps to open particular file types will do the job.  But sometimes you install an app, be it a Chrome OS web app or an Android app, and it takes over the behavior and becomes the default app for that file type.  Sometimes that’s good, sometimes that’s not so good.

Fortunately changing the default app to a new app for a file type is pretty easy in Chrome OS.  The trick is finding it because it is not in Settings like you would find in your Android phone.  In this How To, I’ll show you where you need to go in the Files app on your Chromebook to change the default apps.

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Today’s Deal – Google Pixelbook with Pixelbook Pen is $987 at Amazon

The Google Pixelbook

Today’s Deal is a great opportunity to pick up the Goggle Pixelbook along with the Pixelbook Pen.  Right now at Amazon, you can pick up the combination of the two for $987.  That is less than what the Pixelbook along normally costs.  This is the lowest price for the combination that I’ve seen for the premium Chromebook since its release.

The price is for the Intel i5 powered unit with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.  It is certainly powerful enough to do anything you would need, be it in Chrome OS or Android apps running on the device.

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