It takes a lot of applications to build an ecosystem. Google has all the essentials down — email, calendar, contacts, productivity applications, and so on — but the company has always struggled with creative tools. Most notably, Google is still lacking a proper video editor for its own operating systems, which is becoming even more of an issue as high-end Chromebooks gain momentum. Read More
Last week in Las Vegas while at CES, I spoke with Kan Liu, Director of Product Management for Google's Chrome OS. In a wide-ranging discussion about the Chrome platform and ecosystem, Liu dropped something of a bombshell on me: the Chrome team is working—very possibly in cooperation with Valve—to bring Steam to Chromebooks.
Liu declined to provide a timeline for the project, but did confirm it would be enabled by Chrome OS's Linux compatibility. The Steam client would, presumably, run inside Linux on Chrome—a platform for which it is already available. Liu implied, though would not directly confirm, that Google was working in direct cooperation with Valve on this project. Read More
The Pixel Slate is the hot new convertible Chromebook on the block, but if you're looking for something cheaper, you've come to the right place. One of HP's 2-in-1 Chromebooks is just $262.99 from Woot for today only, and the units are refurbished by HP itself (and come with a 90-day warranty). Read More
We don't see many phone announcements at CES shows these days, mostly since Mobile World Congress is just a month away, but there are plenty of Chromebooks to get excited about. Lenovo revealed two new Chrome OS devices today, a Surface-style tablet and a 13-inch convertable laptop. Read More
The Chromebook Flip C434 is Asus' flagship Chrome OS device at the moment, released in mid-2019 as a follow-up to the popular C302. Now it's time for the C434 to be replaced, as Asus has announced the new Chromebook Flip C436 at CES 2020. Read More
Nearly ten years ago, Google shipped an unassuming, totally unbranded laptop to a large group of journalists and tech enthusiasts as part of a 60,000 unit pilot program. That laptop was the CR-48, and it was designed to showcase a project Google had been working on internally for well over a year. It was called Chrome OS.
I was among the first of those lucky folks to receive a CR-48, and I used it as much as humanly possible for almost a year. It was kind of the worst: constant crashes, an insanely slow single-core Intel Atom processor, and questionable build quality would make it clear to anyone that it was very much a product built for dogfooding, not as a replacement for your Windows or Mac notebook. Read More
Now that Christmas is over and the new year is about to begin, it's time to check out the best Android apps released in 2019. So if you recently received a new phone, tablet, or Chromebook that runs Android, you may be looking for a few quality apps to push your new device to its limits. This is why I've painstakingly hand-picked 30 of the (in my opinion) best apps of the year. I've tried to select an assortment of titles that should interest a wide selection of readers, all while sneaking in a few lesser-known apps to round out the selection. Read More
Chrome OS is already a lightweight operating system that doesn't need raw horsepower to thrive. Combine it with a market teeming with affordable, decently-specced Chromebooks, and it's hard not to find a machine that works for you. Right now, you can pick up a new Acer Chromebook Spin 15 with either 32GB ($100 off) of storage from Best Buy or 64GB ($150 off) from Office Depot for only $299 each. Read More
The arrival of Cyber Monday brought along with it plenty of incredible deals on a barrage of Chromebooks, like the Asus Chromebook C423 for $179, HP Chromebook x360 2-in-1 for $249, and the recently released Asus Chromebook C433 for $370. In the spirit of keeping the deals rolling, we've uncovered another great offer, this time on one of our personal favorite Chromebooks from earlier this year. For today only, you can grab the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 for as low as $469 ($109.99 off) on Amazon. Read More
Google has long offered freebies with Chromebooks, but it's expanded the offerings beyond its own services in recent months. For example, you can get a few months of Disney+ with Chromebooks right now. Starting today, you can also get some Android games on your Chromebook in the form of Star Wars: KOTOR and Asphalt 9. Read More