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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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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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Chrome's beloved dino game may soon be joined by Snake, whole section for browser games

Chrome. It can one of the most overbearing pieces of software we deal with on a daily basis — it takes up so many resources and has so many limbs, ligaments, and levers that need taking care of lest they go unused. But its immense size also allows it some room to breathe — take the dinosaur game you get to play when your device is offline. Now, there's word that another game will soon join the roster.

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Pixelbook 2 may be an old-fashioned Chromebook coming out as Pixelbook Go

Little has been made of last year's Pixel Slate: an overcomplicated hardware form factor that made using its rather simple Chrome OS somewhat challenging. It made customers contort to buying keyboards and pens. Critics have said Google should've just stuck to a laptop. Well, perhaps the Pixelbook Go may be the laptop you've wanted since last year... from last year.

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Android's lockscreen media control widget is coming to Chrome OS 78

At long last, Google is porting the lockscreen media control widget from Android to Chrome OS.

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Chrome OS adds Wi-Fi password syncing to the Canary channel

Even though Android has supported Wi-Fi password syncing for years, and despite Chrome's extensive cross-device synchronization options, Google's desktop OS has never supported automatically taking Wi-Fi credentials from one laptop to another. In the latest version of Chrome OS Canary, 78, this option has finally surfaced.

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Chromebooks were mistakenly telling users that their updates were about to dry up

Chrome OS's Dev and Canary update channels bring the latest features before they hit the stable track, but at the expense of bugs and other issues. Many who use Dev/Canary have probably experienced a mini-heart attack upon seeing a "Final software update" message within the past week, but rest assured — it was just an unfortunate bug that's since been fixed.

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Asus's new Chromebook C425 trades touchscreen to get more RAM for $500

We reviewed the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 earlier this year and found it to be a solidly built 2-in-1 stocked with everything we needed, just for a less tolerable price than with prior versions of this form factor. Welp, out of nowhere, the company has decided to drop down the Chromebook C425, a rigid laptop that's basically a C434, but not really.

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Too many Chromebooks are dying early deaths - Google needs to step up

Chromebooks have been shaking up the PC industry since the first CR-48 model arrived nearly nine years ago. Thanks to a combination of a custom Linux-based OS and solid state storage, Google managed to hit netbook-like prices while (thankfully) outpacing netbook-like performance. Most of the limitations that initially held back Chrome OS, like poor offline support and a limited software library, have largely gone away.

In the past two years or so, PC makers have embraced Chrome OS as more than just a platform for low-end hardware. Google's original Chromebook Pixel started the trend, but only recently have Asus, HP, Lenovo, Dell, and others finally decided to make Chrome OS laptops with comparable hardware to Windows PCs.

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Chromebooks in schools and businesses can now use Linux apps

The Linux container on Chrome OS has become better and better since it was first introduced last year. It's now possible to run a wide range of Linux desktop software on Chromebooks, even though graphics acceleration still isn't working. Starting today, administrators can enable the Linux container on Chromebooks managed in an organization, opening the doors for schools and businesses to easily use the feature.

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