Biometric authentication is nothing new for laptops. However, no Chromebook, even Google's flagship Pixelbook, has ever had a fingerprint sensor or facial recognition. Sure, you could use your phone's fingerprint sensor via Smart Lock, but that's just not the same. A commit for face unlock was discovered on Chromium Gerrit just a few days ago, and now, one for fingerprint sensors has been spotted as well. Read More
If you don't have multiple Google accounts, you probably haven't experienced the agony of using them simultaneously on Chrome OS. Currently, there's no proper support for them on the platform; there are multiple users, and a workaround to sort of be able to use them without logging out and back in every time, but it's a cumbersome experience. Thankfully though, signs are starting to show in Chrome OS Canary pointing to the ability to sign up several Google accounts from one profile. Read More
Acer is one of the most prolific Chrome OS notebook manufacturers. In the past few months, the company has announced the Chromebook Tab 10 and the Chromebook 13 and 15 with Spin models, and it's now following up on its successful Chromebook 14 with the new 514. The naming scheme might be getting very confusing, but don't let it dissuade you from taking a closer look at this new model. Read More
Chromebooks are just like any other tech products - some are good, and some are not so good. While they avoid some of the pitfalls of Windows laptops, like spinning hard disks and bundled malware, you still have to deal with potentially under-powered hardware or a lack of support for certain features.
This guide highlights what you should avoid when buying a Chromebook, especially older models that often appear as refurbs at major retailers, or used on sites like eBay and Swappa. Read More
When Google released the Pixelbook last year, it was the first Chromebook to have Google Assistant. The company said Assistant would eventually come to other models, but there hasn't been much news about that since early this year. Thankfully, the feature is still in development, and it appears to be nearly ready. Read More
So many Android apps, but which ones work with best with Chrome OS? Here are a few to get you started. Read More
These days, there are countless mid-range Chromebooks to choose from - HP's new convertible, the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2, the ASUS C302, and so on. But if you need a dirt cheap model, Best Buy has the 11.6-inch Samsung Chromebook 3 for just $129.99 right now. Read More
If there's one area where Chromebooks are undeniably dominating, it's in education. Chromebooks made up 60% of mobile device purchases by K-12 schools in the US last year, and since 2014, they have led classroom notebook and tablet shipments. As it turns out, schools love cheap computers that back up everything to the cloud and can be easily reset. Read More
ASUS is no stranger to the Chromebook game, and we reviewed the rather nice Chromebook Flip C302 earlier this year. However, we might be getting another option: the Chromebook 12 C223. No, it's not as nice as the Chromebook Flip (especially the one with a Core m7 and 16GB of RAM), but it's also not as expensive. Read More
Chromebooks have been steadily improving over the last few years, to the point where the Google Pixelbook offers genuine competition to high-end MacBooks and Windows machines (depending on what you use a laptop for). However, the camera experience is still sorely lacking.
The Google Camera app is probably the best mobile camera software around, with its HDR+ and portrait mode allowing Pixel phones to match the imaging performance of other devices with dual and even triple-camera setups. With Android apps now available on numerous Chromebooks, why not make use of that already excellent app? Thankfully, that seems to be the plan. Read More