Chromebook Android App Support

A list of every single Chromebook that’ll support Android apps this fall

By on May 27, 2016 at 4:00 PM.

A list of every single Chromebook that’ll support Android apps this fall

Chromebooks are already growing more popular with each passing quarter, having recently surpassed MacBook sales for the first time ever. These Chrome OS powered machines are already likely far more capable than you think, but their utility is about to increase exponentially. Beginning this fall Google’s Chrome platform will add support for Android apps, instantly giving users access to millions of new applications found in the Google Play store.

But not all Chromebook models will gain Android app support this fall. More →

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Chromebook Sales Better Than Macbooks

While no one was looking, Chromebooks became surprisingly popular

By on May 19, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

While no one was looking, Chromebooks became surprisingly popular

For me, Chromebooks have always existed like flossing: I’m aware of it as a concept, and I know it’s a big part of some people’s lives, but I had mentally dismissed Chromebooks as a Windows Phone-esque oddity.

But while I wasn’t paying attention, Chromebooks have started outselling Macbooks in the US.

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Android App Google Play Chrome OS

Google is bringing Android apps and the Google Play store to Chrome OS

By on May 19, 2016 at 2:54 PM.

Google is bringing Android apps and the Google Play store to Chrome OS

The keynote for Google I/O 2016 was jam-packed with exciting announcements and unexpected reveals, but even with two hours at their disposal, the executives and developers at Google still weren’t able to share everything.

One huge announcement that didn’t make the cut: Google Play and Android apps are coming to Chrome OS later this year.

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Chrome OS Vs Windows

Is this how Microsoft Windows finally dies?

By on April 25, 2016 at 11:22 AM.

Is this how Microsoft Windows finally dies?

It’s not easy to imagine a world without the Windows operating system. Even in spite of Microsoft’s Windows 8 debacle, the company’s computing platform is still the most widely used desktop operating system by a wide margin. Of course, a decade ago it was equally difficult to envision a world without the Symbian platform, and now there are millions upon millions of smartphone users who don’t even know that an OS called Symbian ever existed.

What goes up must come down. Windows played an integral role in shaping personal and corporate computing, and it continues to play an integral role to this day. But the Windows platform won’t be around forever, and it’s possible that we’re about to witness the first step in a massive sea change. More →

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Google Chrome OS Is Dead

RIP, Chrome OS

By on October 29, 2015 at 5:22 PM.

RIP, Chrome OS

It was nice not really knowing you, Chrome OS. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is planning to effectively kill off Chrome OS and fold its best components into Android by 2017. Chrome OS, for those who don’t know, is the operating system that is used to run Google’s Chromebook line of laptops that are low-storage machines that rely on cloud computing to perform most tasks. More →

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Google Android Chrome OS Merge

Google appears to be taking steps to merge Android and Chrome

By on October 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Google appears to be taking steps to merge Android and Chrome

We live in an age where cohesion between mobile and desktop operating systems is becoming increasingly common. Continuity on Yosemite has brought iOS and OS X closer together than ever before, and within the next few years, Windows Phone will be all but indistinguishable from Windows 10. Speaking with CNET, Google’s Android heads continued to downplay a similar progression for the world’s most popular mobile OS, but a few recent internal moves might suggest otherwise. More →

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Windows Apps On Chrome OS

Microsoft’s worst nightmare has been realized: Windows apps are coming to Chrome OS

By on February 13, 2014 at 9:15 AM.

Microsoft’s worst nightmare has been realized: Windows apps are coming to Chrome OS

Microsoft’s worst nightmare used to be a world where the media tablet category got so hot that it ate into PC sales. That nightmare is no longer a nightmare, however, because it has become a reality. Taking its place, then, is a world where computers powered by Google’s Chrome OS are just as capable and versatile as Windows computers. Unfortunately for the Redmond, Washington-based technology giant, that nightmare has become a reality as well. More →

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LG Trademarks Chrome OS Devices

LG may inch away from Android with upcoming Chrome OS devices

By on October 21, 2013 at 7:15 PM.

LG may inch away from Android with upcoming Chrome OS devices

It is beginning to look like LG might reveal a set of its own Chrome OS devices in the near future. On Monday, TMWatch discovered three trademarks filed by LG earlier this month, each of which carries a Chrome-related moniker: “ChromeOne,” “ChromeDesk” and “ChromeStation.” Chrome OS LG devices were hinted at last year when LG signed a patent agreement with Microsoft, but this is the first official documentation of actual hardware being developed. There is no other indication as to what products these trademarks might actually turn into — each was filed in International Class 009, which can cover computers, tablets, mobile phones, DVD players, and even car speakers. Perhaps we will hear more when Google officially outs the Nexus 5 later this year.

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AMD Android Chrome OS Support

AMD hedges Windows bet by developing Android, Chrome chips

By on June 6, 2013 at 5:55 PM.

AMD hedges Windows bet by developing Android, Chrome chips

AMD plans to expand its line of processors to support both Android and Chrome OS. AMD senior vice president and general manager of global business units Lisa Su confirmed in an interview with PC World that the company plans to design chips based on both x86 and ARM architecture. The executive noted that while AMD is still “very committed to Windows 8,” which it calls “a great operating system,” the company also sees a market for Android and Chrome OS. Su did not reveal when we can expect AMD-based Android tablets to reach the market, only noting that the company is working with developers to build Android applications that are compatible with AMD chips. Adoption of Windows 8, or lack thereof, and slowing PC sales have hurt AMD in the recent years — so turning to Android and Chrome OS is seen as a way to hedge its Windows bet.

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New Chromebook Models

2013 is shaping up to be the year of the Chromebook

By on April 29, 2013 at 6:40 PM.

2013 is shaping up to be the year of the Chromebook

A handful of companies are said to be preparing new Chromebook models that will launch later this year. According to a report from Digitimes, both Acer and ASUS are optimistic about the long-term prospects of Google’s Chromebooks and are working on low-priced computers that will debut in the second half of 2013. Acer is reportedly planning to target students with a new 11.6-inch model to be released in July, while new Chrome OS-powered computers are expected from ASUS, HP, Samsung and Lenovo later this year. Of note, ASUS never planned to enter the market but has apparently rethought its strategy. Google is also said to be working with ASUS, Acer, HP and Samsung on so-called “Androidbooks” that could debut in the near future.

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Microsoft squeezes even more money out of Android, signs licensing agreement with ZTE

Microsoft squeezes even more money out of Android, signs licensing agreement with ZTE

By on April 24, 2013 at 3:40 PM.

Microsoft squeezes even more money out of Android, signs licensing agreement with ZTE

ZTE has come to an agreement with Microsoft to license the company’s technology that is being borrowed in the Android and Chrome operating systems. Microsoft has signed licensing deals with more than 20 other manufacturers, including HTC, Samsung and LG. In fact, the company claims that 80% of Android smartphones sold in the U.S. and a majority of those sold throughout the world are now covered under its various agreements. Of course, there are still some companies — most notably, Google’s Motorola Mobility — that have not yet come to terms with Microsoft.  More →

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Google Android Chrome Merger

Google says Android and Chrome OS will remain separate

By on March 21, 2013 at 8:45 AM.

Google says Android and Chrome OS will remain separate

When Google (GOOG) announced that Android boss Andy Rubin was stepping down and being replaced by Chrome head Sundar Pichai, speculation erupted suggesting that Android and Chrome OS would eventually merge. According to Google chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt, combining the two operating systems is not currently part of the company’s plans. Schmidt did confirm to Reuters that there will be more “commonality” between its mobile and desktop platforms moving forward, but they will remain separate operating systems. The executive also dispelled rumors that he might be leaving Google.

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Rumor
Google Babble Messaging App

Google Babble rumored to unify messaging services under one brand

By on March 20, 2013 at 8:45 AM.

Google Babble rumored to unify messaging services under one brand

Apple (AAPL) has iMessage, BlackBerry (BBRY) has BlackBerry Messenger and Google (GOOG) will reportedly soon have Babble. According to a report from Geek, Google is interested in unifying its messaging platforms into a single service. The company currently has a number of messaging services across different platforms such as Google Talk, Hangout, Google Voice, Messenger and more. Google is now said to be building Babble from the ground up to bring all of its services across Android, Chrome OS, Windows and Mac together. No timeframe has been revealed, but the company is expected to announce the service at its annual Google I/O conference in May.

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