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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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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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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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Logitech announces new wireless mouse and keyboard for Chrome OS

Accessories specifically tailored to Chrome OS are few and far between, but Logitech is doing its part to rectify that with the announcement of a new mouse and keyboard made just for Google's operating system. The mouse is really just a mouse, but the keyboard's got Chrome OS-specific function keys and a Google Assistant button — rarities among Bluetooth keyboards.

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The best Linux apps for your Chromebook

Linux application support on Chromebooks is pretty great. Even though the feature is primarily aimed at developers, like those who want to get Android Studio running on a Pixelbook, there are plenty of apps that can benefit normal users. We already have a guide about installing Linux apps on Chrome OS, but if you're not sure which apps to try out, we have a few suggestions here.

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[Update: Extra features] Chrome OS 77 begins stable rollout with Google Assistant, improved media management, and more

Chrome OS has been on a collision course with Android for quite some time. Adding onto previous additions, like Android’s media controls and Google Play Store support, Chrome OS 77 is bringing even more Android love to the big screen. This time, we're getting widespread Google Assistant support, Family Link bonus time, even better on-device media management, and accessibility upgrades.

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How to enable external SD card storage support for Android apps like Netflix or Plex on your Chromebook

Google's relationship with SD card support on mobile devices has been rocky at best; look no further than the absence of this feature since the very early days of the Nexus series and on every Pixel phone ever made. And while the company has been stepping up in terms of Chrome OS SD card features, there is one persistent glitch we now know how to fix.

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Google extends support lifespan for seven Lenovo Chromebooks to 2025

Google Chromebooks, just like smartphones, need access to OS updates to stay secure and up-to-date on the latest features. But also just like phones, they only get updates for so long — something we've made sure to warn you about when shopping for a Chromebook, lest you get stuck with a model whose support lifespan is about to run out. Now one group of devices is getting an unexpected reprieve, as Google extends updates for certain Lenovo Chromebooks through June of 2025.

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