Chrome OS Update to Chrome 63 Now Rolling Out

Chrome OS Build 61 App Launcher

After the release of Chrome 63 for Android and desktop browsers, Chrome OS is now getting the treatment.  Chrome OS build 63.0.3239.86 (Platform version: 10032.71.1) was released last yesterday (December 15, 2017) and will be coming to the majority of Chromebooks over the course of the next few days.  Google did not release a specific list of devices that were not getting the update.

Oddly, Google did not release any details on what is improved or new in this update.  The only statement in the announcement is that it contains “a number of bug fixes and security updates”.  That could well mean that the focus is simply on overall stability but it is likely that, like the desktop browser, the Flags page is now in Material Design.

I have not received the update this morning but will verify any changes in an update to this post as I find them.

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Today’s Deal – Acer Chromebook 14 is $249 on Amazon

Acer Chromebook 14

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 $249.  That is a savings of $50 off the regular price and the price is good on the gold aluminum finish.

This Acer Chromebook 14 is powered by a Intel Celeron N3160 processor running at 1.6GHz and the display renders at 1920 x 1080 full HD.  As mentioned already, it has 4GB of RAM which is really handy on a Chromebook and has 32GB of storage for those things (like Android apps) that you need to store locally.  It also has a built-in battery that is rated to give 12 hours of life between charges.  Overall it is a great package and one of the higher rated Chromebooks out there right now despite it being nearly a year old.

The Chromebook 14 also supports Android apps now in the Stable channel so you have that benefit with this Chromebook too.

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Asus Chromebook C302 Down $50 at Amazon

Asus Chromebook C302

As part of Black Friday sales today, Amazon has lowered the price on the Asus Chromebook C302 today.  Both the Intel m3 and m5 models are down by $50.  The m3 powered model is down to $449 today while the m5 unit is down to $619.  Aside from the processor, you are looking at the exact same specs for both variants.

The Asus Chromebook C302 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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Samsung Chromebook Pro and Plus $100 off at Amazon Today

Samsung Chromebook Pro

As part of Black Friday sales, Amazon has discounted both the Samsung Chromebook Pro and the Chromebook Plus by $100 today.  These are new-for-2017 models that really set the tone for Chromebooks this year.

The Chromebook Plus is down to $349 today while the Chromebook Pro is down to $449.

The Chromebook Plus has a 12.3″ display rendering at 2400 x 1600.  It is also a touchscreen which makes using the included stylus or your finger for apps easier.  It has 4GB of RAM, 32GB of Storage and you can expand that storage thanks to the MicroSD slot.  It has dual-microphones, a 720p Webcam and, of course, Wi-Fi.  It only ways 2.4 lbs so it is designed for portability and with it being able to be be used as a laptop or a slate, you have a lot of flexibility in where and how you use this Chromebook.

The Samsung Chromebook Plus is powered by the OP1 ARM processor which is both battery efficient and powerful enough to get your daily work done.  The 39Wh battery is rated to give users up to 8 hours of life per charge and charging is done via a USB-C connector.  As you would expect, Android app support is also there for the Chromebook Plus.

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Android App Support Expands to More Chromebooks

Google+ Android App Running on Chrome OS

The expansion of Android app support on Chromebooks continues with the addition of three more devices supported in the latest Chrome OS update.  The Lenovo Thinkpad 13, the HP Chromebook 13 G1 and the Samsung Chromebook 3 are the latest to gain Android app support in the Stable channel.  This came with the latest Chrome 62 build that rolled out to these devices earlier this month.

If you have one of these Chromebooks, once you have received the update (you can force the issue by typing chrome://help in the browser), you should see the Google Play Store in your App Drawer.  Click on it and get things configured and you can then install Android apps on these devices.

In addition to these in the Stable channel, the Dell Chromebook 13 and the Acer C740 also have Android app support but only in the Beta Channel.

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Minor Update Rolls Out for Chrome OS

Chrome OS Build 61 App Launcher

Late yesterday, the Chrome team within Google announced that a new minor update was being released.  The new version is build 62.0.3202.82 (Platform version: 9901.66.0) and follows in the wake of a similar release for Chrome for Android yesterday.

The release notes indicate that it is rolling out now but that devices that are able to run Android apps, of which there are now plenty, will see the update later next week.

This update doesn’t bring any new features to the platform.  Rather, it is a security and bug fix update.

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Chrome OS Update Brings KRACK Fix and Other Improvements

Toshiba Chromebook 2

An important update to Chrome OS has just been released to the Stable Channel for most devices.  Build 62.0.3202.74 (Platform version: 9901.54.0/1) is making its way out now with devices that are running the App Store expected to get the update over the course of the next few days.

The update includes a number of new features or improvements but perhaps the biggest update is a patch to address the KRACK vulnerability.  In case you missed the news, KRACK was a WiFi defect that could allow someone to break the encryption on your connection – thus exposing your data effectively “in the clear”.  Google, Microsoft and Apple amongst others have been working feverishly to patch the vulnerability on their devices, which more-or-less impacted every WiFi enabled device out there.

At least from a Chrome OS perspective, this update patches the OS so that you are no longer susceptible to KRACK.

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