Google Just Added Support for Android Apps to More Chromebooks

Google Just Added Support for Android Apps to More Chromebooks

Google continues to keep on its promise to bring support for Android apps to older Chromebook models, and it recently expanded Android apps support to 17 more Chromebook systems.

Support for running Android apps is currently limited to newer Chromebooks and some older models that Google updated earlier this summer, about 31 of them, and it now updates the “Chrome OS Systems Supporting Android Apps” wiki page once again with support for seventeen other Chromebooks.

In other words, users of the Chromebook models listed below can now (finally) use Android apps that they can install from the official Google Play store. However, it should be noted that some Chromebooks only support Android apps via the Chrome OS Beta channel, … (read more)

Google Just Added Support for Android Apps to More Chromebooks

Original Article Appeared 10/28/2017

How to customize your Google Chrome and Chromebook searches

How to Customize Your Google Chrome and Chromebook Searches

I just reviewed the Google Pixelbook and I think it’s great — but Chrome OS is much more limited than either macOS or Windows when it comes to customizing how the core OS works. One of my favorite tools on the Mac is called Alfred, a tool that pops up a little search bar that can do basically anything you can think to program into it. I use it so much I have replaced my Caps Lock key with it and when I use a Chromebook, I miss it terribly.

But! Chromebooks have a similar text box, it’s the Google search bar. But it’s not as powerful as Alfred when it comes to customizing stuff. Luckily, Chrome has a hidden little feature that lets you customize how that search box works with different rules.

How to customize your Google Chrome and Chromebook searches

Article Originally Appeared 10/28/2017

Chromebooks With Android Support List Gets Major Update

Chromebooks With Android Support List Gets Major Update

Google’s much-anticipated Pixelbook will soon be out in the wild and the Play Store on Chrome OS is now “out of Beta. The next six month should be exciting times for Chromebook fans but many are still left awaiting Google’s promise of Android apps on existing devices.

Today brought some good news for some of you wondering if Google had forgotten about you. While a total rollout still eludes us, the developer’s list of Chromebooks with Android app support just got a major shot in the arm.

Chromebooks With Android Support List Gets Major Update

Original Article Appeared 10/28/2017

Acer aluminum Chromebook 15-2017 Review

Acer’s Aluminum Chromebook 15 – 2017 Review

Acer has been selling its Chromebook 15 in a variety of configurations since January of 2015. In fact, they currently list 8 different varieties on the Acer online store and somehow more at Amazon. There are bare bones versions of the Acer Chromebook 15 for as little at $179 at Walmart, but what we’re here to talk about today is a relatively high-end model affectionately named the “CB515-1HT-P39B.”

Most important, is its aluminum shell or at least half the shell, which your friends, if their vision isn’t great, might mistake for a 2015 MacBook Pro. It also has 2 charge capable USB-C ports on either side with 2 legacy USB-A ports, as well.

I took my first look at this year’s model at IFA in August and last week Acer sent me one for review. Here are my thoughts after a week.

Acer aluminum Chromebook 15-2017 Review

Article Originally Appeared 10/23/2017

4 crazy Chromebook myths debunked

4 Crazy Chromebook Myths Debunked

Here in the real world of 2017, Google’s making it increasingly clear that it takes Chromebooks seriously — and that these systems aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. The argument can be made, in fact, that the Chromebook is on its way to becoming a whole new kind of all-purpose productivity machine. On a more macro level, meanwhile, sales are consistently strong, and a fresh focus is being placed on Chrome OS adoption in the enterprise.

In other words: This isn’t a clunky little experiment anymore, y’all. And what you’ve heard from the past doesn’t necessarily hold true for the present.

So let’s put some of the biggest Chromebook myths to rest once and for all, shall we?

4 crazy Chromebook myths debunked

Original Article Appeared 10/12/2017

The Chromebook is the new Android tablet

The Chromebook is the new Android tablet

Riddle me this, dear reader: If you’ve got a device that looks like a tablet, acts like a tablet, and runs Android apps, what do you call it?

Odds are, your gut answer is “an Android tablet” — right? (Either that, or “a parsnip.” But seriously, if that’s what you thought, seek immediate counseling.)

What I’m actually describing, as you may guessed, is a convertible Chromebook. But for all practical purposes at this point, it essentially is an Android tablet. And all signs suggest it — not the traditional Android-based slate — is the future of the large-screened “Android” experience. There’s an argument to be made, in fact, that you should never buy a traditional Android tablet again. And crazy as it may sound, that seems to be precisely what Google wants.

The Chromebook is the new Android tablet

Article Originally Appeared 10/10/2017

25 Tricks to Master Google Photos

25 Tricks to Master Google Photos

You’re not at a loss for services that automatically back up photos and provide access to them on any device. There’s Flickr, Dropbox, OneDrive, and iCloud, just to start. But Google Photos has grown pretty fast, topping 500 million active users per month after two years of existence.

It’s worth downloading the mobile app for some extra peace of mind. Google Photos offers truly unlimited backup of all the photos (and videos) you take. Every single one. The caveat: they have to be less than 16 megapixels to qualify for the unlimited storage. You are allowed to upload larger images—but Google converts them on the fly to 16 megapixels. (It downgrades video shot above 1080p.)

25 Tricks to Master Google Photos

Article Originally Appeared 9/19/2017

What can you do with a Chromebook

What can you do with a Chromebook?

Chromebooks, which run on Google’s ChromeOS, have quickly become one of the major drivers of mobile computing as they provide an easy way to access the web without worrying a lot about deployment, administration and configuration. Although ChromeOS is an almost online-exclusive OS, Chromebooks can still be adapted to handle most workflows. In this article, we explore what a Chromebook can do and help you decide if you should be hopping on the Google bandwagon.

What can you do with a Chromebook

Original Article Appeared 10/3/2017

Chrome OS 61 Rolling Out For Most Chromebooks

Chrome OS 61 Rolling Out For Most Chromebooks

Much as we expected, the somewhat overdue release of Chrome OS 61 has now started to arrive following the launch of Google’s PixelBook. I’d love to tell you that this version (clearly focused on Google’s new flagship) brought with it some ground-breaking changes but unfortunately, that isn’t the case.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t some great updates with version 61 of Chrome OS. Many of the features we have been tracking for months have finally made their way to the Stable channel and this is what you can expect to see when you mash that update button.

Article Originally Appeared 10/6/2017

Chromebook Buying Guide

Should I Buy a Chromebook? Buying Guide and Advice

A Chromebook is a laptop of a different breed. Instead of Windows 10 or macOS, Chromebooks run Google’s Chrome OS. These machines are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and documents living in the cloud. These machines have done quite well in the education market, but their appeal has broadened.

Low prices, long battery life and ease of use are just a few reasons why Chromebooks are attractive. Chromebooks outsold Macs for the first time in 2016, and Gartner is predicting that Chromebook sales will grow by 16.3 percent in 2017. In 2016, U.S. schools purchased 5.4 million Chromebooks for use in the classroom, just under half of the total laptops, according to the Associated Press. One Massachusetts-based high school is even reporting it expects to see Chromebooks than cellphones in the classroom.

But is a Chromebook right for you? Our Chromebook buying guide has the answers to these and other questions.

Chromebook Buying Guide

Original Article Appeared 10/29/2017