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Lenovo Thinkpad 13 Chromebook, Acer Chromebook 11, and three others receive Android app support

It has been a slow journey, but Google has been hard at work giving more Chromebooks access to Android app support. The Play Store arrived on 17 more Chromebooks last month, and now Google has added a few more to the growing list.

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[Update: Now in Dev channel as flag] Google adds split-screen snapping to Chrome OS tablet mode

Over the past year or two, we've seen a rise of 2-in-1 Chromebooks like the ASUS Flip lineup and Samsung's Chromebook Plus/Pro. But using Chrome OS in tablet mode is still rough around the edges. Now Google is trying to change that, with the introduction of split-screen windows in tablet mode.

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Acer Chromebook 15, HP Chromebook 11 G5, and 15 others now fully support the Play Store

Earlier this year, Google announced that all Chromebooks shipped in 2017 and beyond would support the Play Store. Some models have shipped with the feature already enabled, while others took a few months after launch to get everything working. At the same time, Google has been working to backport the Play Store to older Chromebooks.

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Google Pixelbook review: The laptop Chrome OS needs, but maybe doesn't yet deserve

Chromebooks have come a long way from the dark, buggy days of the CR-48 and laggardly Intel Atom processors. Back when Chrome OS really was just a browser, it was fairly easy to write off as just another strange Google experiment, unlikely to succeed and conceptually far ahead of its time. Who could get by on a laptop with just the web? I, like many people, thought Chromebooks wouldn't appeal to anyone.

But 7 years after the first Chromebook, Google's browser-based OS is still with us. And, much to everyone's surprise, it's going stronger than ever.

The reason for that, primarily, is the browser-focused laptops turned out to be ideal terminals for students accessing web applications.

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Acer's Chromebook 15 (CB515-1HT) is now available for $399

In Chromebook land, a lot of the focus is on Google's recently-announced (and expensive) Pixelbook. But for those of you who cannot stomach the $999 starting point of Google's latest, then you might want to consider what Acer has on offer. The new Chromebook 15, model number CB515-1HT, is now up for sale via Best Buy and Acer's store for $399.

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ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA review: The best 10" Chromebook you can buy is also a good Android tablet

We've all heard the phrase "jack of all trades, master of none," and there's a distinctly negative connotation to it. The more something tries to do, the worse it is at any one task. Unfortunately, it still holds true today. But some products, like this one, are starting to toe the line.

ASUS' latest Chromebook Flip C101PA combines performance with excellent build quality in a convertible package. So not only do you get a great Chromebook, to a certain degree, you also get a good Android tablet. And it will only cost you $299 — and a somewhat disappointing screen.

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[Deal Alert] Acer Chromebook 14 for Work is just $429.99 ($170 off) from Acer's site

The Acer Chromebook 14 is considered by many to be one of the best Chromebooks for the money. But if you're willing to spend a little more for better specs and a more premium design, there's the Chromebook 14 for Work. This laptop regularly retails for $599.99, but Acer will sell you one for only $429.99 right now.

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Google's Pixelbook is official, starts at $999 with an optional stylus for $99

At Google's event today, we saw a lot of new products announced. Meet the Pixelbook, the long-overdue successor to the Chromebook Pixels of yore — we saw this leaked a few weeks ago. This laptop/tablet hybrid fits in well with Google's overall design language and it packs in high-end specs and Assistant, starting off at $999.

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[Deal Alert] Get a refurbished ASUS Chromebook Flip C100PA for $149.99 from Woot

Chromebooks are still some of the best value computers on the market, mostly thanks to Chrome OS' ability to run well even on underpowered hardware. The ASUS Chromebook Flip C100PA wasn't exactly high-end when it was released in 2015, but even in 2017 it's a decent budget computer. You can now buy one for $149.99 from Woot, a decent savings over the $190-$250 that other stores currently sell it for.

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ASUS' new Chromebook Flip C101, a 10" convertible with Android apps, can now be pre-ordered for $299

The C101 was to be ASUS' successor to the much-loved C100. Both are part of ASUS' so-called "Flip" series, which are convertible touchscreen Chromebooks. We've been looking forward to the release since it was teased back in May at Computex. And now it's finally available for pre-order at $299 via both Amazon and ASUS' store.

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