Chrome OS Meltdown List Shows When Auto Updates Will End for Your Chromebook

Acer Chromebook 15 2017

With all of the concerns floating about around Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities in Intel processors, Google has been reasonably proactive in letting know users know if their Chromebook or Chromebox is going to be protected.  In that same list, there was another useful bit of information that may have been overlooked:  When devices will stop receiving automatic updates to the next version of Chrome OS.

The column in question can be found on the Meltdown vulnerability list and is marked Auto update ends (*=official).  There you will find the date for everyone Chromebook, Chromebase, Chromebox and Chromebit out there on when it will officially stop getting automatic updates.

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ASUS Announces The Updated ASUS Chromebox 3

ASUS Chromebox 3

ASUS has announced an update version of their Chromebox will be coming later this year.  The new ASUS Chromebox 3 will be powered by 8th generation Intel Core processors, have DDR4-2400 energy efficient and fast memory, and have HDMI connectivity for 4K UHD playback.

ASUS has indicated that the Chromebox 3 will be available in the second half of 2018, meaning that we have to wait until at least July before this gets to market.  For that reason, the exact processors that will be available as well as the amount of RAM that is standard in the new Chromebox were not disclosed.

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HP Announces The HP Chromebox G2 Ahead of CES

HP Chromebox G2

HP clearly is continuing to support Chrome OS in a big way.  After announcing two new Chromebooks, the company has announced the 2nd generation of their Chromebox, the HP Chromebox G2.  With the option to power this new Chromebox with up to the latest 8th generation Intel i7 processor, this will be a powerful option for those looking for a workstation or at home Chrome device.  It will be available this Spring.

Keeping with the small form factor, the new HP Chromebox G2 will measure 5.87 x 5.87 x 1.57 inches and weigh 1.48 lbs.  That is pretty consistent with the first generation HP Chromebox.  What changes though are the internals.  The base model will be powered by the Intel Celeron 3865U processor but there is an i5-7300U and i7-8650U option available.  The Celeron option will have the Intel HD Graphics 610 integration graphics option while the Core i models will have the UHD Graphics 620.  Also, you will be able to have up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of storage built into the device.

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Android Supporting Chromebook List Gets Significant Update

Acer Chromebook 14 in Gold Aluminum

It has been a while since the Chromium team has updated the Chromebook and Chromebox list of devices that support Android apps.  In fact, the last significant update happened back in August.  Now the team has made a big update to the list, updating it with the current status of Android apps on Chrome OS.

The list can be found here and as I’ve suggested before, I recommend readers who use Chrome OS to bookmark the page.  This is the official list of devices that do or will support Android apps.  Yes, it is often slow in getting updated but it is the official list nevertheless.

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Minor Update Comes to Chrome OS

Chrome OS Update January 10 2017

A small security update has been released by the Chrome OS team for all devices running the platform.  The update is 55.0.2883.105 (Platform version: 8872.76.0) for those keeping score at home.  There are not many details in the release notes about the update other than the customary bug and security fixes that come with all updates to the platform.  Still, if you are running a Chromebook or Chromebox, get the update so you have the latest and greatest (and safest) version.

All devices will have the update pushed to them over the course of the next few days but if you want to force the issue now, you can do so by going to chrome://help on your Chromebook and tapping the Check for update button.  This will download the update and after a reboot you will be running the new build.

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HP Chromebox On Sale At Amazon for Only $130

If you have been wanting to give a Chromebox a try at home, now is a good time.  Amazon currently has the HP Chromebox on sale for $129.99, a savings of $49 off the regular price.  In case you aren’t familiar with what a Chromebox is exactly, it is a Chrome OS computer for your home.  All you do is power it up, connect a monitor, mouse and keyboard, and you have a home computer with all the goodness (and security) of the Chrome OS.  This particular HP unit is very popular and well received by those who have purchased it on Amazon (it has a 5-star rating).

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