Best Android apps for your Chromebook

Best Android apps for your Chromebook

A few Chromebooks already have Android apps through Google Play. More are scheduled to get them, and most new Chromebooks will ship with the Play store working from day one. Android app support has also been announced for several Chromeboxes and the Chromebit. It’s a slow process, but it is happening.

Android apps will change how you use your Chromebook. They have already changed things like how much storage is enough or how useful a touchscreen is on a small laptop. They fill a void that many people needed to be filled before they would purchase a Chromebook because they needed support for a particular app or just wanted a bigger selection. Android apps also help when developers that have a Chrome app aren’t offering the same feature set as the Android equivalent. They’ll also expose more people to Chrome OS which will make native Chrome apps even better because developers will need to pay more attention to it. Android apps on Chrome are good no matter how you look at it.

Best Android apps for your Chromebook

Original Article Appeared 4/18/2018

 

Poin2 Chromebook 14: Maybe The Coolest $300 Device You’ve Never Heard Of

Poin2 Chromebook 14: Maybe The Coolest $300 Device You’ve Never Heard Of

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. “Who the heck is Poin2?” Well, I’ll tell you. Poin2 is a small but ambitious support and development company based in Seoul, South Korea. Prior to 2018, their only offering to the Chrome OS community was a slightly obscure RK3288 device similar to those released by companies like Haier and Hisense.

These inexpensive Chromebooks, built on the same chassis as the ASUS Flip C101, were affordable and mass-produced but they were built for the most basic of tasks. They served their purpose in education as well as being a handy second device but they weren’t really a consideration for use as a daily driver when you needed horsepower or a lot of features.

Poin2 Chromebook 14: Maybe The Coolest $300 Device You’ve Never Heard Of

Original Article Appeared 4/15/2018

 

HP takes on the iPad Pro with its way cheaper Chromebook x2 convertible

HP takes on the iPad Pro with its way cheaper Chromebook x2 convertible

If you’re in the market for a large tablet, you couldn’t do much better than Apple’s excellent – if ridiculously expensive – 12.9-inch iPad Pro. But now, HP has a new contender in the game, in the form of its $599 Chromebook x2.

The 12.3-inch convertible device is the second Chrome OS-powered tablet ever made, after Acer’s Chromebook Tab 10, and it comes with a detachable keyboard and trackpad, as well as a stylus – making it appear quite similar to most laptops. The whole thing comes in at a light 1.4kg, and measures just 15.3mm in thickness.

HP takes on the iPad Pro with its way cheaper Chromebook x2 convertible

Original Article Appeared 4/10/2018

The Beginner's Guide To Google Sheets, The Online Rival To Excel

The Beginner’s Guide To Google Sheets, The Online Rival To Excel

Last time we looked at Google Docs and how to get started with it, if you are a beginner. Today we are going to look at the other major part of Google’s cloud-based productivity apps – Google Sheets.

Sheets is Google’s answer to Microsoft’s Excel. There are two big things that set Sheets apart from Excel: Sheets is completely web browser-based and it’s absolutely free to use. It also shares a lot of the collaborative and sharing functions that Docs has.

Assuming you know nothing about Sheets already, let’s take a look under the hood at how it all works.

The Beginner's Guide To Google Sheets, The Online Rival To Excel

Original Article Appeared 4/10/2018

Should I Get A Chromebook? Quick Compare With Low-Cost 2018 iPad

Should I Get A Chromebook? Quick Compare With Low-Cost 2018 iPad

After Apple announced a new iPad aimed at Chromebook customers, the question this week is, should you get a Chromebook or an iPad? Read on.

Though Chromebooks are starting to get consumers’ attention, customers are largely in the education market where the Google Chrome OS-based portable is an unqualified success.

Should I Get A Chromebook? Quick Compare With Low-Cost 2018 iPad

Original Article Appeared 4/1/2018

Kim's 5 reasons to set up a financial Chromebook

Kim’s 5 Reasons to Set Up a Financial Chromebook

Do you have a Chromebook in your arsenal of gadgets? If you don’t know, they are similar to a laptop but just a little bit different.  Chromebooks run on a web-based operating system by Google known as Chrome OS. It’s specifically built to be used with an internet connection and they are fairly inexpensive.

Most of the apps and documents for a Chromebook are based in the cloud. The great thing is, Google provides 100 GB of cloud storage for free on all Chromebooks for the first two years.

There are many practical reasons to get yourself a Chromebook. One is to use a dedicated Chromebook to take care of your finances. Some of you might be skeptical, asking yourself, why not just buy a laptop?

Kim's 5 reasons to set up a financial Chromebook

Original Article Appeared 3/31/2018

How to Turn Any PC or Laptop Into a Chromebook or Chromebox

How to Turn Any PC or Laptop Into a Chromebook or Chromebox

You can turn almost any computer into a Chromebook or Chromebox with CloudReady. This tutorial covers how to install and troubleshoot Chrome OS on most computers.

CloudReady is an open source derivation of Google’s Chrome OS. Chrome OS is a stripped down version of Linux that runs just a single app: Chrome. Most computers actually run Chrome OS faster than any other operating system. The downside is that some websites won’t work properly—unless you know a few tricks.

How to Turn Any PC or Laptop Into a Chromebook or Chromebox

Original Article Appeared 3/28/2018

5 awesome Chromebooks that are each less expensive than Apple’s new iPad

5 awesome Chromebooks that are each less expensive than Apple’s new iPad

Apple just unveiled a brand new iPad aimed at the education market, and it’ll start shipping later this week. It’s… nice. It’s pretty much the same as the entry-level iPad it replaces, but it has a few specs updates and it costs $329. Unless you’re a school, in which case you can buy them for $299 a pop. Neither of those sums include the $89 Apple Pencil the company spent so much time touting on Tuesday, and you’ll also need to buy a keyboard separately. Yeeeeah.

iPads are great, but Chromebooks are still where it’s at if you’re looking for an affordable but capable machine for productivity. In this post, we’ll show you five Chromebooks that are all great alternatives to Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad that are less expensive and more conducive to productivity, to boot.

5 awesome Chromebooks that are each less expensive than Apple’s new iPad

Original Article Appeared 3/27/2018

Google debuts Chrome OS tablets to take on the iPad w/ $329 Acer Chromebook Tab 10

Google debuts Chrome OS tablets to take on the iPad w/$329 Acer Chromebook Tab 10

Ahead of Apple’s education-focused event tomorrow, which in itself is a reaction to the dominance of Chromebooks in schools, Google today announced the first Chrome OS tablet. The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is a new form factor for Chrome OS going directly after the K-12 market.

Since its 2011 launch, Chrome OS has expanded beyond laptops with Chromeboxes and all-in-ones. Convertibles with touchscreens that can be used in several modes are also popular, with Google now expanding the operating system to dedicated tablets.

Google debuts Chrome OS tablets to take on the iPad w/ $329 Acer Chromebook Tab 10

Original Article Appeared 3/26/2018

How to Run Windows Software on a Chromebook

How to Run Windows Software on a Chromebook

Chromebooks don’t normally run Windows software—that’s the best and worst thing about them. You don’t need antivirus or other Windows junk…but you also can’t install Photoshop, the full version of Microsoft Office, or other Windows desktop applications.

Luckily, there are ways to use Windows desktop programs on a Chromebook: either running them remotely on an existing Windows system, through various Android workarounds, or getting your hands dirty in developer mode and running them on your Chromebook itself.

How to Run Windows Software on a Chromebook

Original Article Appeared 2/3/2018