Chromebooks have won a well-deserved reputation as affordable, lightweight laptops designed around streaming and collaboration. This makes them popular among budget-conscious individuals, even if it’s the apps and extensions that can really make Chrome OS worthwhile. The best Chromebook apps further the operating system’s functionality, allowing you to quickly save content for offline viewing and diagram the small intricacies that make up photosynthesis, among a slew of other actions. So why not amp up your laptop with a few of our favorites? Check them out…
Affordable product reviews for 2017. When Google released Chromebooks, they were meant to be quick, simple, and lightweight machines meant for education and businesses.
However, it wasn’t long before this turned into something else entirely. Chromebook design started improving. Displays made the switch to HD and battery life skyrocketed. Before long, a series of laptops touted for their affordability started welcoming high-end Chromebooks to their family.
Chromebooks are a valuable option for enterprises thanks to their affordability and integration with G Suite. Since most Chromebook work is done in the cloud, they are also a much lower security risk than typical laptops, according to TechRepublic writer Brandon Vigliarolo.
Right on schedule, Chrome OS 60 has begun rolling out to Chromebooks and Chrome devices around the globe. The latest version of Google’s desktop OS brings with it a few enhancements and new features including:
- Improved support for Auto updates over cellular networks
- Location and Timezone selection enhancements using cell tower information
- GPU Rasterization support
- Device wide support for EAP-TLS Networks
Chrome OS Stable just updated to version 60 and while it brought with it some welcome enhancements, the subsequent incremental update to the Developer channel has revealed some exciting news for Chromebook users.
You are probably aware of the reports that the Google Assistant will soon be coming to Chromebooks and Chrome devices. Whether through a native key, key combo or voice-activated command, Google’s virtual Assistant will become an inherent part of the Chrome OS ecosystem.
To capture an image of your entire screen, press the Ctrl key and the Switcher key at the same time. The image will be saved in your Files folder (in the Launcher). This is very helpful for your tech if you are having issues!
One of the hurdles for teachers adopting Chromebooks in their classroom is finding alternatives to software they previously used on their Windows or Mac desktops or laptops, or even their iPads. While the there will be more options as ChromeOS allows installation of Android apps, that feature is not reliably available out of the box on most new Chromebooks as of July 2017, and almost no older Chromebooks. This list is a mixture of Chrome extensions, Chrome Apps, and web-based tools that help drive productivity and creativity. All of these tools have been tested by our team on both newer and older Chromebooks and are 100% compatible based on our experiences.