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Chromebooks will soon show in settings when you'll stop getting updates

Chromebooks are unique among their laptop peers in that they come with a built-in expiration date. More specifically, once a particular Chromebook model reaches end-of-life status, typically several years after its initial release, these devices will no longer receive OS updates. Just last week, Google extended the EOL timeframe for over one hundred Chromebook models. Now, Google is looking to improve transparency by making this information available directly through the settings app on Chrome OS devices.

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Grab HP's 2-in-1 Chromebook x360 for $349 ($250 off)

Among a sea of Chromebooks, some stand out more than others. For example, the 14" HP Chromebook x360 with its clean design, good backlit keyboard, and snappy performance. After debuting at $600, its price has dipped a few times but not as low as today's sale. At Best Buy, you can now get one for just $349 ($250 off).

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Chrome OS 78 Stable rolling out with Virtual Desks, improved printing, and YouTube app PiP (Updated)

Whenever Chrome is updated to a new version, a Chrome OS release naturally isn't far out. The operating system receives the same additions as the browser, such as click-to-call and improved native file handling, and gets some exclusives on top: Virtual desktops are rolling out with this release, and all compatible printers will automatically show up on your device without setup in the future.

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An upcoming Chromebook may support Ambient EQ

Taking a note from the recently released Pixel 4, it appears that a future Chromebook may include support for Ambient EQ. This capability would help relieve eye strain when working under various lighting conditions through the use of automatic white balance adjustments.

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Google gives most Chromebooks an extra year of software support (Update: Six more models)

One major problem with Chromebooks is that the support lifespan is fixed; once your Chromebook passes its End-Of-Life date, usually a few years from its release, it will no longer get updates. This is in stark contrast to traditional PCs, which can continue to receive updates (even if only through Linux) until the hardware fails. Thankfully, Google has just made this problem slightly less annoying.

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The best Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, and Chrome OS tablets you can buy right now (Fall 2019)

Chromebooks have come a long way from the original CR-48, and for many, a complete workflow is now possible in the confines of Chrome OS thanks to the addition of Android and Linux application support. But there are quite a lot out there to choose from, and some are better options than others. For your convenience, we've put together a small list of some of our favorite picks, categorized based on your primary consideration.

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Acer Chromebook Spin 13 down to its best price of $600 ($125 off)

Let's say you're looking for a Chromebook: you want something that's versatile, premium-feeling, and... uh... well, not a Pixelbook Go. May we suggest Acer's Chromebook Spin 13? It's got full-blown Intel laptop power, 8GB of RAM, a convertible form factor plus a stylus, and its price has just fallen off a cliff edge on Amazon.

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Google plans to add another way for developers to sideload Android apps on Chromebooks

Google recently has revealed that sideloading Android apps on Chromebooks might be a bit easier for Android developers in the future, though it still won't be as simple as it is on an Android phone. Based on the news, which was first spotted by About Chromebooks, the feature may land as soon as Chrome OS 80, but the details currently provided make it clear this is a developer-targeted feature. In other words, you probably won't be installing Fortnite on your Chromebook any time soon.

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(Update: Will work on Chromebooks) Disney+ will only work on devices that support the strictest Widevine L1 DRM

Disney, lord and master of almost all entertainment media, will soon grace us with yet another subscription service. It's not taking any chances with you filthy pirates, though. Disney+ will reportedly require the most stringent type of Widevine DRM. So, it might not even work on your device.

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Google offers two more Chromebook freebies ahead of Pixelbook Go launch

Google keeps its Chromebook offers page populated with a bunch of freebies and deals that are refreshed every few weeks. The company is now throwing in two new apps — Duet Display and Photolemur — for new Chromebook purchases just minutes before it’s expected to make the Pixelbook Go official.

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