The Android App Revolution on Chromebooks Is Still on Hold

The Android App Revolution on Chromebooks Is Still on Hold

It’s been over a year since Google, with great enthusiasm, showed off how Android apps would transform Chromebooks.

The Google Play Store was coming, and with it millions of Android applications that would resolve the “app gap” keeping Chrome OS from being a serious contender for many. Microsoft Office, social media applications, and even some popular games would help Chromebooks grow beyond their reputation as simple machines that are just for browsing the web.

The Android App Revolution on Chromebooks Is Still on Hold

 

Tips for Chromebook First Time Users

20 Tips Every First-Time Chromebook User Should Know

So you’ve taken the time to consider the Chromebook’s upsides and downsides and decided to get one? Great choice! I got my first Chromebook several months ago and I’ve never been happier with a laptop. And while your mileage may vary, I’m sure you’ll be happy with yours too.

But Chromebooks do come with a learning curve. Your new device will feel weird compared to a MacBook or Surface Laptop, so give it time. After a week or so, I promise you’ll fall in love. That being said, here are several Chromebook tips and tricks to speed up that process.

1. Create Multiple User Profiles

Tips for Chromebook First Time Users

Test your Chromebook battery

Test your Chromebook Battery

As another school year comes to a close, many schools are packing up their Chromebooks for a 3rd, 4th or even 5th year.  These older Chromebooks are likely (or will soon start) experiencing battery issues.  This is a great time to check their battery health in preparation for next school year.  Here’s how (there’s also a GIF at the bottom of the post):

  1. Close all open tabs.
  2. Open Crosh (Chrome OS Developer Shell) using Ctrl+Alt+T

Test your Chromebook battery

tools I pay to use

Tools Worth Paying to Use

I am a big fan of free classroom tools. Most of the tools that I recommend are free. But sometimes you really should pay for the “pro” or “premium” version of a tool that you use on a regular basis.

There are two reasons you should pay for a tool:
1.To save time
2.To support the tool so that it sticks around

These are the tools I pay to use

tools I pay to use

7 Features Your Next Chromebook Must Have

7 Features Your Next Chromebook Must Have

Chromebooks are becoming increasingly popular. They’re well recognized as being the best operating system for non-tech savvy elderly users, students love them, and according to the latest figures, they boast a massive 58 percent market share in the education sector.
How do you know what to look out for? What are the key specs and features?
If you’re about to hit the shops, read this article first. I’m going to introduce you to seven features your next Chromebook must have.
1. Android Apps Compatibility

7 Features Your Next Chromebook Must Have

Android on ChromeOS

The Future of Android on ChromeOS

Google I/O is an annual developer conference organized and hosted by Google. I/O is an important event during which Google announces features and products that are in development. Some of these products and features will make their way into the classroom.

Last year during Google I/O we learned that Android Apps would soon be available on Chromebooks. Over the past year we have seen access to Google Play on Chromebooks slowly roll out to select Chromebooks as an option beta experience.

Android on ChromeOS

Android Apps on Chrome OS

Android apps run securely on Chrome OS in Linux containers

With first-quarter shipments exceeding Macs in the United States, Chromebooks are very popular. Schools and enterprises choose Chromebooks for their very streamlined use case: low cost, fast boot security, simplicity and ease of administration.

Chromebooks just got a little more complicated, but for the better, with Google’s announcement that the Android Play Store will be available on Chromebooks and that Android apps will run on the Chrome operating system. The million Android apps—which include popular apps such as Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word and Skype and games such as Clash of Clans and Angry Birds—will remedy the Chromebook’s relative app sparsity.

Android Apps on Chrome OS

Chromebooks Video from Chris & Jim Gould - Geeks on Tour

Chromebook in the House?

YouTube video from Jim & Chris Gould, Geeks on Tour. Episode #117

Chromebooks are making a push for the laptop market.
Our newest Chromebook runs Android apps. Is it the best option for some people?

Chromebooks Video from Chris & Jim Gould - Geeks on Tour

How Google Took Over the Classroom

How Google Took Over the Classroom

Students at Newton Bateman Elementary School in Chicago use Google-powered laptops and Google education apps for classwork. More than half the nation’s primary- and secondary-school students – more than 30 million children – use Google education apps, the company says.

“Between the fall of 2012 and now, Google went from an interesting possibility to the dominant way that schools around the country” teach students to find information, create documents and turn them in, said Hal Friedlander, former chief information officer for the New York City Department of Education, the nation’s largest school district. “Google established itself as a fact in schools.”

How Google Took Over the Classroom

 

Chromebooks poised to expand in classroom

Chromebooks poised to expand classroom dominance

Google has become a fixture in classrooms around the world:

  • 70 million teachers and students use G Suite for education on a daily basis.
  • 20 million Chromebooks are in use in classrooms around the world.
  • 7 of 8 ivy league schools have adopted G Suite for Education

Source: The Keyword by Google