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The List Grows

Updated January 6, 2018

Google continues to add Chromebook models that have access to the Google Play Store. Some are considered Stable and some are still in Beta, but these can now access Play Store, install & use Android Apps. The list is updated as additional models are added. You can always check it here.

The models currently able to utilize Android Apps (as of January 6, 2018) are:
Stable Channel:

 

  • Acer Chromebook R11 (CB5-132T, C738T)
  • Acer Chromebook Spin 11 (R751T)
  • Acer Chromebook R13 (CB5-312T)
  • Acer Chromebook 11 N7 (C731, C731T)
  • Acer Chromebook 11 (C771, C771T)
  • Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431)
  • Acer Chromebook 14 for Work (CP5-471)
  • Acer Chromebook 15 (CB3-532)
  • Acer Chromebook 15 (CB515-1HT/1H)
  • Acer Chromebook 11 (C740)
  • Aopen Chromebox Mini
  • Aopen Chromebase Mini
  • Asus Chromebook Flip C100PA
  • Asus Chromebook Flip C101PA
  • Asus Chromebook Flip C213
  • Asus Chromebook C202SA
  • Asus Chromebook C300SA / C301SA
  • Asus Chromebook Flip C302
  • CTL NL61 Chromebook
  • CTL J2 / J4 Chromebook
  • Dell Chromebook 11 (3180)
  • Dell Chromebook 11 Convertible (3189)
  • Dell Chromebook 13 (3380)
  • Dell Chromebook 13 (7310)
  • eduGear Chromebook K Series
  • eduGear Chromebook M Series
  • Edxis Education Chromebook
  • Google Chromebook Pixel (2015)
  • Google Pixelbook
  • Haier Chromebook 11e
  • HiSense Chromebook 11
  • HP Chromebook x360 11 G1 EE
  • HP Chromebook 11 G5 EE
  • HP Chromebook 11 G5
  • HP Chromebook 13 G1
  • Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Chromebook (Gen 4)
  • Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Yoga Chromebook (Gen 4)
  • Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Chromebook (Gen 3)
  • Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Yoga Chromebook (Gen 3)
  • Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook
  • Lenovo N23 Yoga Chromebook
  • Lenovo N22 Chromebook
  • Lenovo N23 Chromebook
  • Lenovo N42 Chromebook
  • Lenovo Thinkpad 13 Chromebook
  • Medion Chromebook S2015
  • Mercer Chromebook NL6D
  • Ncomputing Chromebook CX100
  • Nexian Chromebook 11.6”
  • PCMerge Chromebook PCM-116E
  • Prowise Chromebook Entryline
  • Poin2 Chromebook 11
  • Poin3 Chromebook 14
  • Positivo Chromebook CH1190
  • Samsung Chromebook Plus
  • Samsung Chromebook Pro
  • Samsung Chromebook 3
  • Sector 5 E1 Rugged Chromebook
  • Viglen Chromebook 11

Beta Channel:

  • Acer Chromebook 15 (CB5-571 / C910)
  • CTL J5 Convertible Chromebook
  • eduGear CMT Chromebook
  • Haier Chromebook 11 C
  • PCMerge Chromebook PCM-116T-432B
  • Prowise Chromebook Proline
  • Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015)
  • Viglen Chromebook 360

If you have one of these devices and want to try out Android Apps, simply navigate to Settings and click the hamburger menu (three horizontal bars) at the top left and select About Chrome OS. From there select “detailed build information” and “change channel.” Click Beta and change the channel.

The update will take only a few minutes to download depending on your network speed. Once complete, you will be prompted to restart. After your Chromebook reboots, you should be greeted with a notification that you have a “critical update” waiting for your device. This is the Play Store update.

Click update and continue logging in.

After the update is complete you should see Google Play in your settings menu. You can enable Android Apps and start installing. Start with just one.  As always, make sure you backup any data you do not want to lose. Moving back to the Stable channel will require a “Powerwash” of your Chromebook.

MagicJack

My Chromebook is a Phone

Today, I made my Chromebook a phone. I can dial out to any phone and receive calls just using my Chromebook and an Android App from MagicJack . Not only can I use it as a phone, I can also message with the app as well.

Now there are some “gotchas” to this. You need to have either a MagicJackPlus or the more recent MagicJackGo. The Go is available at Amazon for $35 and includes 1 year of free service. Service after the first year is $39 for 1 year or $30 per year if you renew for 3 years. When I upgraded to my Plus 4 years ago, I paid $20 per year for 5 years. I have 1 more to go before I will have to renew again.

MagicJack Dial PadThere is an iOS & an Android App for the MagicJack. I was able to install the App on my Chromebook which is one that currently supports Android Apps (see the list here). The App has not been truly formatted for a Chromebook, so it will be in a phone-sized window. If you have a convertible 2-in-1 touch screen that makes into a tablet Chromebook, you can turn it to portrait mode and full screen it to make it look like a giant phone. You also need a Chromebook that has a microphone (many do) and a speaker, which I think all of them have.

You are allowed 1 external device per MagicJack. I had to remove my iPad from the account and add the Chromebook. Once I did that, it worked perfectly.

Messaging with MagicJackThe app will also send text messages. It does not allow photo attachments. Text and emojis seemed to work fine. If the app is not open, I do get notifications in the bottom right of the screen next to the Status Tray that I have received a call or a message. There is also a notification number in the app.

So, if I should forget my cell phone or it runs out of battery, and I have wi-fi available, I will still have a phone in my Chromebook.

MagicJack Recent Calls

 

 

How To Print From A Chromebook

How To Print From A Chromebook

Chromebooks are compact, agile laptops meant to do most of their work in the cloud. But from time to time, you probably still need to print something. When a printing job comes along, don’t get taken off guard: Here’s how to make sure your printer is ready to use and how to print on a Chromebook.

It should be noted that we’re going to go over the Google Cloud version, which requires a Wi-Fi printer. This is the ideal method with the average modern printer. However, if connecting to a printer via Wi-Fi isn’t an option for you, then we suggest connecting your Chromebook to a printer with a USB cable first and skipping the parts about connecting over a network.

How To Print From A Chromebook

Original Article Appeared 2/6/2018

The TOP Chrome OS laptops from Google, Dell and Acer

The TOP Chrome OS Laptops From Google, Dell and Acer

Here are the best Chromebooks you can pick up in 2018 – find the best Chrome OS laptop for you and grab a great deal
Finding the best Chromebook for you isn’t easy. From performance and price to size and weight, there are many aspects consider before you take your Chromebook to the checkout. But don’t worry: we’re here to help make you Chromebook buying decision that little bit easier.

As 2018 begins, we’ve gathered every single Chromebook worth buying right now, to save you the hassle of doing the research yourself. Here at Expert Reviews, we’re always taking a look at the latest and greatest Chromebooks on offer, with the best coverage in the UK. We’ve sorted out the best of the bunch.

The TOP Chrome OS laptops from Google, Dell and Acer

Original Article Appeared 2/2/2018

How To Copy And Paste On A Chromebook

How To Copy And Paste On A Chromebook

When you first fire up your new Chromebook and get to work, you’ll probably have a few questions about the slim Chrome OS and how everything works. One question that users eventually have is, “How do I copy and paste on Chrome?”

The good news is that copying and pasting on a Chromebook works very much like copying on other computer systems. Let’s go through common copy/paste tasks and how you can do them quickly.

How To Copy And Paste On A Chromebook

Original Article Appeared 2/2/2018

 

The Chromebook Creativity Project - Jump in

The Chromebook Creativity Project – Jump In

Since sharing some depressing data on how Chromebooks are being used by over 5,000,000 students in America’s schools, great conversations have begun over what do we do about it.

In my post I stated my dismay over the fact no creative sites were listed anywhere in the report. In order to help rectify this, I am beginning this page of links to sites that Chromebook-using learners can use to demonstrate learning in visual ways beyond the traditional typed document.

All of these sites are free and with limited or no apps. Many require no accounts to use and ones that do require accounts often let users use an existing Google Account. Some do have premium features that can be added for a fee.

The Chromebook Creativity Project - Jump in

Original Article Appeared 2/3/2018

 

How To Take A Screenshot On A Chromebook

How To Take A Screenshot On A Chromebook

Chromebooks and other devices that run Chrome OS are great if you want a simple and cost-effective machine for accessing the web. Google’s browser-for-everything approach can cause some confusion, however, especially for general functions like taking a screenshot in Windows or doing the same on MacOS. While Chromebooks don’t include a “Print screen” key, learning how to take a screenshot on a Chromebook is actually fairly simple — whether you need to grab the entire screen or just a portion.

If you haven’t bought your Chromebook yet, here are our favorites for 2018.

How To Take A Screenshot On A Chromebook

Original Article Appeared 2/2/2018

 

 

Chrome OS 64 Begins Rolling Out

Chrome OS 64 Begins Rolling Out

WHAT’S NEW IN 64?

Here are the highlights from the Chrome Release Blog but as always, we’ll dig into this latest version to see what else came along for the ride.

  • Take screenshots faster on Chromebooks with a 360-degree hinge by pressing the power and volume down buttons at the same time (*note – we’ve seen this feature in Stable for some time now on many devices)
  • Revamped Intent Picker for Play Applications (Same window by default with override)
  • Lockscreen Performance Improvements
  • Enable VPN for Google Play Apps
  • Enhancements to our protected media pipeline for Android
  • Android Container Auto Update Optimizations
  • Touchscreen pairing settings

Chrome OS 64 Begins Rolling Out

Original Article Appeared 2/1/2018

My Favorite Screencasting Tool Now Works on Chromebooks

My Favorite Screencasting Tool Now Works on Chromebooks

Screencast-o-Matic has been my favorite screencasting tool for years. I use it on my Windows and Mac computers to create almost all of the videos that you see on my YouTube channel. The one knock against Screencast-o-Matic has always been that it wouldn’t work on Chromebooks. That has changed. Last fall Screencast-o-Matic launched a beta product that worked on Chromebooks. And yesterday that product left beta and is available to anyone who wants to use it.

My Favorite Screencasting Tool Now Works on Chromebooks

Original Article Appeared 2/2/2018

Best Chromebook Productivity Extensions Early Feb 2018 Edition

Best Chromebook Productivity Extensions Early Feb 2018 Edition

Ok, so I decided to strip most of the extensions from my Chrome web browser and left only the one I used the most and then adding new ones.

So, here is the list of Best Chromebook Productivity Extensions Early Feb 2018 Edition in random order.

Best Chromebook Productivity Extensions Early Feb 2018 Edition

Original Article Appeared 2/2/2018